News: Paul Stastny (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny suffered the injury Oct. 18 against the Coyotes and hasn't returned to action since. He appeared to be on track for Thursday's contest, but was ruled out in a game-time decision and now will miss Saturday as well.
News: Tyson Strachan "will likely play again" on Saturday, reports the Olean Times Herald. Analysis: It will be Tyson Strachan's third game for the Sabres, who has one assist on the season. The 30-year-old journeyman is nothing more than a depth player for the Sabres after signing a one-year contract with them this summer. Head coach Ted Nolan continues to go for experience over youth and talent by playing Strachan over Nikita Zadorov.
News: Brian Flynn will play Saturday against Pittsburgh, reports the Olean Times Herald. Analysis: A space opened up after Sam Reinhart was returned to the WHL, and Brian Flynn will step into his spot. Flynn is a versatile forward who can play center or the right wing, but is considered just a depth forward for the Sabres. It'll be just his third game of the season after playing 79 games last year. He has zero fantasy value though he should be a regular for the Sabres from here on out.
News: Nikita Zadorov's future is still being determined with no timeline, reports the Olean Times Herald. Analysis: General manager Tim Murray said he still hasn't come to a decision regarding the 19-year-old Russian defenseman. Nikita Zadorov made his only appearance of the season against the Kings and played a little over six minutes as the team's seventh defenseman. Murray said the decision could be tomorrow or could be three weeks, even though the OHL's London Knights are calling "every day." Zadorov doesn't have a release from his KHL team and the Sabres don't want him to develop in a league so far away with so little control.
News: Jared Spurgeon was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury Friday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Jared Spurgeon injured the shoulder when he was checked into the boards by the Sharks' Joe Pavelski on Thursday. Though Spurgeon has not been diagnosed with a separated shoulder, the Wild haven't put a firm timetable for his return beyond coach Mike Yeo saying that the defenseman would miss "more than couple games." The timing of the injury couldn't be more frustrating, as the 24-year-old Spurgeon looked to be on the cusp of a breakout season prior to being sidelined. In addition to providing his usually reliable play on the back end, Spurgeon had been an offensive force with six points and a plus-7 rating in nine games.
News: Derrick Pouliot suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday and won't play over the weekend for the Baby Penguins, the Citizen's Voice reports. Analysis: There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. Derrick Pouliot, who missed training camp while recovering from a shoulder injury, scored a goal and three assists in five games for AHL Wilkes-Barre before Wednesday.
News: Alex Goligoski left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury after getting hit into the boards, but returned for the second period, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning Newsreports. Analysis: Alex Goligoski appears to be fine. Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
News: Van Riemsdyk went to the locker room earlier in the game, but returned for the third period, Jonas Siegel of TSN.CA reports. Analysis: Luckily for fantasy owners, Van Riemsdyk seems to be fine.
News: Corey Tropp left Friday's game due to illness and will not return. Analysis: The seriousness of Corey Tropp's illness is unknown at this point in time. The team should update his status in the coming days.
News: Kyle Quincey left Friday's game with a lower body injury and will not return, Chris McCosky of DetroitNews.com reports. Analysis: The severity of Kyle Quincey's injury is unknown at this point in time. His status may be in question for the team's next game. The team should shed some light on Quincey's status in the coming days.