News: Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) will not be activated from long-term injured reserve when he is first eligible Saturday, but he is nearing a return, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Though Danny DeKeyser is not ready to play just yet, he is feeling good, and is hoping he will only need a more days beyond Saturday before returning to action.
News: Jeff Petry (head) will play in Wednesday's game against the Bruins. Analysis: Jeff Petry missed Tuesday's game after suffering a head injury Saturday night, but that will be the extent of his absence after he was cleared to play Thursday. Petry was a healthy scratch as recently as last Thursday, so it remains to be seen what his role will be moving forward.
News: Victor Hedman (lower body) will be out at least another week, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Victor Hedman has not made any progress in his recovery from whatever is ailing him, so he will not play for at least another seven days. Hedman has been sidelined since being injured against the Senators Dec. 5, so he could be a candidate for injured reserve.
News: After sitting out on Tuesday, Mike Weber draws back in Thursday to finish off a home-and-home series against Ottawa, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News. Analysis: Brayden McNabb took Mike Weber's spot and limited the Sens to just one goal in regulation, but interim head coach Ted Nolan either saw something he didn't like or wants Weber to get some more playing time. Neither defensemen have much fantasy value at this point, though if a choice had to be made, McNabb would be the better pick with much higher upside.
News: Brayden McNabb will sit in the second game of a home-and-home series against Ottawa on Thursday. Analysis: Brayden McNabb and the Sabres held Ottawa's top guns to just one goal on Tuesday, but Mike Weber will draw in as McNabb sits for the fifth time in six games. He was seen doing some extra drills with assistant coach Teppo Numminen at practice, along with the injured Alexander Sulzer. Interim head coach Ted Nolan continues to rotate players in and out of games and it's been anyone's guess as to what the lineup will be on a nightly basis. McNabb's fantasy value is minimal unless he gets consistent playing time.
News: Cody Hodgson will not play in Thursday's game against the Senators due to a lower-body injury, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: The nature of Cody Hodgson's injury is unclear, but it will prevent him from suiting up Thursday night, and it remains to be seen if it will cost him any time moving forward. Ville Leino will replace Hodgson in the Sabres' lineup.
News: Zach Bogosian (groin) is still weeks away, according to a report by TSN's Sara Orlesky. Analysis: Zach Bogosian needs plenty of time to rest as is always the case with a groin injury to a hockey player. It's a tough thing to skate through. He's a steading influence on a lacking Jets squad, so the team needs him. Fantasy wise, Bogosian's four points in 21 games isn't enough to have him on your roster.
News: Ville Leino will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Senators, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Ville Leino was scratched from the Sabres' last game as a motivational ploy following a poor performance in the previous contest. Head coach Ted Nolan will give him a chance to redeem himself Thursday night with Cody Hodgson (lower body) out, but it would be a stretch to expect much as Leino has just five points in 18 games this season.
News: Paul Postma (blood clot) took part in some light skating at Wednesday's practice, according to TSN's Sara Orlesky. Analysis: Paul Postma will be re-evaluated in mid-January. Blood clots can take months to go away so there is no telling when he'll return to game action. He's not a high-scoring defenseman given the Jets' depth on defense and therefore is not a fantasy starter.
News: Michal Neuvirth will play in a game with AHL Hershey this weekend to test his injured right ankle, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth resumed practicing last week, and it appears he has progressed to the point where he can appear in a game. If things go well this weekend, Neuvirth would likely return to the Capitals at some point next week.