News: Phil Kessel left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. Analysis: Head coach Randy Carlyle was vague when discussing Phil Kessel's health, so it's uncertain what type of setback he is dealing with. Expect Kessel's status to be updated as more details become available.
News: Sergei Gonchar did not participate in Wednesday's practice after taking a puck off his ankle late in Tuesday's exhibition game, Brandon Worley of DefendingBigD.com reports. Analysis: It's not entirely clear what type of setback Sergei Gonchar is dealing with, but he was seen in obvious pain on the bench after being struck by the puck. Expect an update on his status as more details become available.
News: Matt Cullen (lower body) is skating outside of team practices, according to the Tennessean. Analysis: Despite Matt Cullen's injury - which doesn't sound overly serious - his role on the team is somewhat in question this season after the Preds went out and picked up Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Olli Jokinen in the offseason, moves that strengthen them considerably down the middle. Realistically speaking, Cullen is likely looking at a third-line role by the time he returns.
News: Simmons is dealing with a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. Analysis: The extent of Wayne Simmonds' setback is uncertain, but it prevented him from taking the ice Thursday, according to CSN's Tim Panaccio. It remains to be seen if the setback will threaten Simmonds' availability for the Flyers' season opener.
News: Viktor Stalberg (lower body), is skating outside of team practices, according to the Tennessean. Analysis: Viktor Stalberg's original prognosis was two-to-four weeks, which puts him back in the lineup hopefully no later than mid-October. Even when he does return, he is likely looking at a checking-line role which gives him minimal fantasy value outside of deeper formats.
News: Colin Wilson (undisclosed), who wore a no-contact jersey for Tuesday's practice, was a full participant Wednesday, according to the Tennessean. Analysis: Colin Wilson centered a line with Erik Nystrom and Rich Clune during practice, which would represent either the Preds' third or fourth line most nights. While the injury concerns surrounding Wilson appear to have faded, we need to see him back on a scoring line to view him as fantasy-worthy in most formats. Earlier in camp, he was skating with Derek Roy and Craig Smith, so hopefully he gets reunited with these two higher-caliber linemates at some point.
News: Max Domi, the Coyotes' top prospect, has registered four assists in three pre-season games as he makes a case to stick with the club. Analysis: Max Domi, coming off a stellar campaign with London of the OHL, is seeing regular shifts and plenty of power play time (more than 4:00 minutes per game) in the pre-season. If coach Dave Tippett uses him that way in the regular season, Domi's skill level should net fantasy owners a nice return.
News: Fedor Tyutin picked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes. Analysis: Although he's very steady on the Columbus blue line, Fedor Tyutin's fantasy upside is limited as long as Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski remain on the top power play unit.
News: Mikkel Boedker netted his first goal of the pre-season Wednesday in a loss to Edmonton. It has his only shot in more than 16 minutes of ice time. Analysis: Mikkel Boedker will look to build on a breakout season that saw him top 50 points for the first time. He will man the wing on one of the top two lines for the Coyotes and see plenty of ice time on the power play.
News: Matt Calvert scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes. Analysis: He's seen a lot of work this preseason with top prospect Alexander Wennberg, and with Ryan Johansen (contract dispute), Nathan Horton (back) and Boone Jenner (hand) all currently sidelined Matt Calvert will likely be asked to take on a bigger share of the offensive load when the regular season begins. He could be a bit of a sleeper in deep leagues.