News: Johnny Boychuk, who was carted off the ice on a stretcher after absorbing a hit into the boards by Montreal's Max Pacioretty in Thursday's game, was cleared to fly back with the team to Boston after initially being taken to Montreal General Hospital for observation, the Bruins' official site reports. "He's obviously still injured, but we don't know the severity of it and I don't know all the details from it," coach Claude Julien noted after the game. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk, who was able to demonstrate movement in all of his extremities before he was transported to the hospital, will be checked out in Boston on Friday by team doctors. At this stage, Julien suggested that the blueliner is out indefinitely, noting with regards to Boychuk's injury that "obviously it was an injury serious enough to bring him to the hospital and definitely I think he's going to be a little while here before he's good to go."
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) was not present for Friday's practice, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Evgeni Malkin missed his first game of the season Thursday due to the injury and it's not certain how much additional time off he way need. The Penguins would prefer to be cautious with Malkin, but with the rest of their forward corps battered with injury, they may be more willing to play him Saturday against Boston if he shows some signs of improved health in the next 24 hours.
News: Pascal Dupuis sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday's win over the Sharks and was absent from practice Friday. Analysis: Pascal Dupuis potted a goal less than 30 seconds into the game Thursday but succumbed to the injury soon thereafter, seeing just 7:51 of ice time. The severity of the injury isn't completely clear, but with three forwards on DL and Evgeni Malkin also day-to-day with an injury, even a minor ailment for a Dupuis becomes a concern for the Penguins.
News: Tyler Bozak (upper body) has landed on long-term injured reserve, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Analysis: It wasn't entirely clear Thursday whether or not Tyler Bozak had landed on injured reserve or LTIR, but now that it's been fully ascertained that it's the latter, the forward can officially be ruled out for a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. He won't be eligible to return until Dec. 29 vs. the Hurricanes at the earliest, and it could very well be after that date if his recovery proceeds slowly.
News: Andrew Ebbett (unspecified) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: There was no indication prior to Friday that Andrew Ebbett was dealing with an kind of injury, but he'll head to IR nonetheless. Ebbett will join Tanner Glass and Beau Bennett on IR to significantly weaken the forward depth for the Penguins, who also have Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis day-to-day with injuries.
News: Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. Analysis: The Penguins will tab Harry Zolnierczyk to fill the team's void at forward created by Andrew Ebbett's placement on injured reserve. One of Zolnierczyk or Zach Sill is expected to serve as a fourth-line forward on a given night, while the other is a healthy scratch.
News: Trevor Daley (high ankle sprain) will receive an MRI on Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Analysis: The MRI should provide clarity regarding the extent of the injury, which Trevor Daley sustained while falling in Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs. With just five points in 27 games this season, Daley's potential absence largely concerns deep leagues only.
News: Matt Cooke scored his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's win over Chicago. Analysis: After a slow start to the season, Matt Cooke has scored two goals in his last three games.
News: Damien Brunner will be a scratch Friday against his former team, Detroit, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulliti. Analysis: Damien Brunner has been a disappointment in New Jersey in terms of production, as he has just one point in the last 15 games. With Friday's scratch, Brunner will have been a healthy scratch three times since late November.
News: Cory Schneider warmed up at the end of the rink the Devils defend twice during Friday's morning skate and he will start Friday's game against Detroit, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti. Analysis: Cory Schneider didn't get much help defensively in Wednesday's loss to Montreal but didn't play poorly, stopping 27 of 30 shots. The shootout was a different story. Schenider's peripheral stats are still solid for someone essentially in a timeshare and he's been giving the Devils a chance to win. There aren't too many games on Friday's slate and the Red Wings gave up six goals to Philadelphia on Wednesday.