David Legwand, Nashville Predators: With the Preds crippled by injuries down the middle, the pressure is on guys like veteran center David Legwand to answer the bell. A former No. 2 overall draft pick who has never produced the kind of offense one expects from such a coveted prospect, Legwand has points in four straight games and has hit the score sheet in six of his last seven contests (two goals, seven assists) as the Predators continue to scratch and claw their way toward a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues: If this is indeed the season of the concussion, it is nice to see Andy McDonald bouncing back after his season was marred by a head injury sustained when he fell into the knee of an opposing player in early December. McDonald has seven goals in his last 12 games and seven points in his last four games. The playoffs are a non-starter for the injury-ravaged Blues, but McDonald's ability to return to form as a skilled player in spite of the concussion has to bode well for the revamped Blues next season.
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers: One of the reasons folks love the Flyers as a Stanley Cup contender is their depth up and down the lineup, and especially along the blue line. But over the past 15 games, veteran blueliner Kimmo Timonen has managed to chip in just three points (one goal, two assists), as the Flyers have tried to fight off the late-season doldrums. Timonen's dry spell may help explain in part why the Flyers' power play ranks a disappointing 20th in the NHL.
Rich Peverley/Chris Kelly, Boston Bruins: Just to show you how difficult it can be to move seamlessly from one team to another, we look at the struggles of the Bruins' two forward acquisitions at the trade deadline. Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly have 20-goal potential but between them have managed just one goal in a combined 17 games since arriving in Boston from Atlanta and Ottawa, respectively. The Bruins, meanwhile, are winless in three.