News: Chara added a power-play goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Yes, he's missed time to injury this season, but there has been a precipitous drop in his game this season. He's about to turn 38, so there's little wonder given the physical edge of his game. But his 17 points, including five goals, in 43 games this season make him a difficult activation right now. He has just six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 19 games.
News: Marchand scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Arizona on Saturday night. The goal stood as the game winner.
Impact: It was his first multi-point effort since Jan. 31, but he does have six points, including three goals, in his last seven outings. Hopefully this is foreshadowing of an improvement over the season's last 20 games. Make sure he's in your lineup, just in case.
News: Lucic scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over Arizona. It's his first multi-point game since Jan. 29.
Impact: His 34 points this season project to a woeful 45 by year's end, and that's a significant drop-off from an expected 60. Even his 13 goals so far mean he'll be lucky to hit 18 if he maintains his current pace. He's been a fantasy anchor on many a squad; we're not really forecasting much of a change over the next 20 games.
News: Rask (illness) will receive the start in goal for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: As the reassignment to the minors of Friday's emergency goalie call-up, Jeremy Smith, would indicate, Rask is seemingly fully recovered from the bout with an illness that left him unavailable a day earlier. Rask recently snapped a six-game losing streak prior to sitting out Friday, but despite the downturn in his performance, he still makes for an excellent fantasy choice against the Coyotes, who have dropped eight in a row to threaten the Sabres and Oilers for the NHL's worst record.
News: With the Bruins demoting Jeremy Smith to AHL Providence, Rask (illness) should be available in at least a backup capacity Saturday against the Coyotes, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Rask was scratched from Friday's win over the Devils with the illness, as No. 2 netminder Niklas Svedberg led the Bruins to victory while Smith slotted in as his backup. Coach Claude Julien indicated after the game that Rask had been feeling better prior to being scratched, and it appears his condition continued to trend in the right direction overnight. Still, the Bruins' goalie plans for Saturday's game likely won't be clarified until pregame warmups.
News: Smith was reassigned to AHL Providence on Saturday, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Smith's demotion signals that at the very least, Tuukka Rask (illness) is fit enough to back up Niklas Svedberg for Saturday's game against the Coyotes. Smith served as the backup for Friday's win over the Devils, but didn't see any action behind Svedberg.