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Alan Williams Headshot

Williams (illness) expects to play Thursday against the Nets, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.

Williams has been battling a stomach issue for the last few days, and the ailment kept him out of action Tuesday in Miami. However, he said he's feeling better as of Thursday morning and anticipates returning against the Nets. In the month of March, Williams, a former D-Leaguer, is averaging 13.1 points and 10.5 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.
12:22 pm (EST)
Corey Crawford Headshot

Crawford will start between the pipes in Thursday's home game against the Stars, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.

Crawford was terrible in his last start Tuesday against Vancouver, surrendering four goals on 10 shots before being yanked in the third period. The 32-year-old netminder will look to shake off that rough outing and pick up his 30th win of the season in a favorable home matchup with a Stars club that's 10-21-4 on the road this season.
12:21 pm (EST)
Rickard Rakell Headshot

Rakell scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Oilers on Wednesday.

The young Swede has been the definition of a scoring machine lately, as he's now potted 10 goals in his last 12 games for an impressive total of 32 on the year, which is easily a new career high and is tied for 10th in the league with a certain someone named Patrick Kane. It's worth pointing out that Rakell is currently sporting an unsustainably high 20.6 shooting percentage for the season, but owners certainly haven't given his level of production. He also has a whopping 10 game-winners, too, which is tops in the NHL.
12:21 pm (EST)
Petr Mrazek Headshot

Mrazek will tend the twine against the Lightning on Friday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Mrazek's struggles -- just one win in his last seven contests -- have led coach Jeff Blashill to implement an even goalie split as they close out their 2016-17 campaign; the first one to end without a postseason appearance in 25 years. The netminder will face a limit Tama squad that is without key offensive talents Tyler Johnson (lower body) and Steven Stamkos (knee).
12:20 pm (EST)
Keith Kinkaid Headshot

Kinkaid will start in goal for a road match against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.

Kinkaid ended up getting a two-game break to decompress following his 42-shot peppering at the hands of the Penguins last Friday. New Jersey's backup tender ended up with five goals allowed in that one, and now he'll have to face another offensive powerhouse in the Buds. Toronto averages 3.06 goals per match and its power play ranks second in the league with a 23.8 conversion percentage. If you can help it, consider alternatives to Kinkaid on a busy 12-game slate.
12:17 pm (EST)
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler allowed four runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and three walks Wednesday but remains in the discussion for a rotation spot, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Wheeler hit 97 mph and threw 65 pitches Wednesday, and he's scheduled to start Monday's Grapefruit League contest.

The right-hander coughed up the pair of dingers in the eighth inning, possibly showing fatigue with the volume of work. Wheeler may have to dazzle in his Monday outing to overtake Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in this battle. If he falters, a bullpen job or a trip to extended spring training may be in his future, though Wheeler has enough under his belt to earn consideration sometime this season even if his major league return is delayed.
12:15 pm (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot allowed four goals on 18 shots before getting pulled in a 4-3 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.

Talbot was given the heave-ho midway through the second period after Rickard Rakell sniped his 32nd goal of the gear. It's an uncharacteristic hiccup for the workhorse, who had rattled off four straight wins (and back-to-back shutouts) heading into the contest and still sits second in league victories with 37. It's worth pointing out that the 29-year-old has made a league-high 66 starts, as well, so owners vying for a fantasy championship may want to keep a watchful eye -- both on the frequency of his usage, and whether fatigue is becoming a factor -- in the season's final nine games.
12:14 pm (EST)
James Reimer Headshot

Reimer will be between the pipes against the Coyotes on Thursday, David Dwork of CBS Miami reports.

Reimer's tailspin continues as he has gone 2-6-1 as the No.1 goalies for the Panthers. The organization certainly has to be questioning the fact they are on the hook for the netminder for another four years at $3.4 million annually considering he has flopped with Roberto Luongo (lower body) sidelined.
12:10 pm (EST)
Brad Brach Headshot

Brach extended his scoreless-innings streak to six while allowing a hit and striking out one in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

Brach has put together a strong spring, limiting opposing batters to a .182 BAA while posting a 7:1 K:BB through six appearances. The veteran reliever is coming off a career-best season in which he notched 24 holds and posted a 2.05 ERA to accompany a 1.04 WHIP. Brach's 10.5 K/9 in 2016 demonstrates his ability to provide value across many formats.
12:09 pm (EST)
Jonathan Bernier Headshot

Bernier allowed three goals on 32 shots but came away the winner in a 4-3 victory Wednesday over Edmonton.

The wins just keep rolling in for Bernier, who is now 6-0-1 over his last seven starts, a span that's featured a sparkling .950 save percentage and equally stingy 1.54 GAA. He's fared more than admirably in the absence of John Gibson (lower body), whose return date is still unknown.
12:07 pm (EST)
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