News: Ryan Murray (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Ryan Murray clearly appears to be nearing the end of his recovery timetable from knee soreness, which has sidelined him since the beginning of November. The 21-year-old looked set to develop into a cornerstone on the blue line during an impressive rookie season in 2013-14, but he's had a tough time staying on the ice since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last March. While his upside is as intriguing as just about any defenseman who might be on the waiver wire in most leagues, it's probably best to see how he performs in his first few games after returning to action rather than investing heavily in him right away. His return to action could come as soon as Thursday's game against the Panthers.
News: Chris Stewart had Buffalo's lone tally in a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday. Analysis: Chris Stewart was on a two-game point streak prior to the break and is picking up some steam in the second half of the season. Stewart's goal came from a redirection in front of the net off a Tyler Ennis pass and gives him two goals in his past two games, both of which were scored on the power play. With the trade deadline a month away, Stewart has been a constant in the rumor mill. He should get a boost in fantasy if he leaves Buffalo. He has 16 points in 46 games this season.
News: Shawn Thornton (groin) is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Shawn Thornton remains on the Panthers' injured reserve list, but he should be formally activated following Thursday's morning skate. The bruising fourth-liner last played Dec. 6, but had been healthy shortly before the All-Star break. At that time, the Panthers didn't have a roster spot open to accommodate Thornton, but that's no longer an issue now that Vincent Trocheck has been returned to AHL San Antonio.
News: Braden Holtby appears on track to start Wednesday's game against the Penguins, NHL.com's Adam Vingan reports. Analysis: Per the report, Justin Peters put in a full workout during the team's morning skate Wednesday, while Braden Holtby didn't, suggesting that Holtby will get another start after allowing four goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's loss to Columbus.
News: Mark Borowiecki was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and says he is fully recovered from his leg laceration, Chris Hofley of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: Mark Borowiecki suffered a severe cut to his leg while warming up for a Dec. 29 game, ultimately requiring over 40 stitches to seal the gash. He was cleared to resume skating over a week ago and doesn't seem to be feeling any restrictions with his leg, putting him on the cusp of a return to action. The blueliner, who skated with Patrick Wiercioch on the Sens' third pairing at Wednesday's practice, could be activated from IR in advance of Thursday's tilt with the Stars.
News: While John Scott has tied a career high in points already with two, he's not getting the ice time necessary to give him value. Analysis: John Scott has played just 19 games this season. If you're rostering him, it's for his penalty minutes and you're laughing all the way to the bank that he has a goal and an assist -- both numbers tie a career high for the big winger -- but he's not on the ice consistently enough for those penalty minutes to matter for most formats. Look to players accumulating penalty minutes, even if it's at a slightly slower pace, who are playing regularly if you've got Scott on your roster.
News: 36 games into the season Scott Hannan has offered very little in terms of fantasy, registering a single assist and no goals this season. Analysis: Scott Hannan didn't exactly tear it up last year with three goals, nine assists, and an average of .93 shots per game through 56 games, but he's contributing even less this season for fantasy owners. Aside from his single point, his shot average is down to .58 shots per game. He also brought owners just a shade under a penalty minute per game and he's much lower than that this season as well. If you're rostering Hannan there are likely to be better options on the wire.
News: Derek Dorsett exited Tuesday's game against the Ducks in the second period following a collision with Ryan Kesler, Ben Kuzma of The Province reports. He didn't return to the game. Analysis: Derek Dorsett appeared to make knee-to-knee contact with Kesler while also taking an arm to the head. While Dorsett isn't a major offensive contributor for the Canucks, the grit he brings to the fourth line gives the team a needed edge. If Dorsett is out for an extended period of time, it would leave the Canucks with a major void in the physicality department, as like-minded players Brad Richardson (ankle) and Kevin Bieksa (broken left hand) are also nursing injuries.
News: Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel indicates that Roberto Luongo is likely to start Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Roberto Luongo, who would be making his 38th start of the season on Thursday, will look to bounce back after being yanked from Tuesday's game against Detroit after allowing five goals on just 17 shots.
News: Jason Spezza added an assist and three shots in Tuesday's loss to the Habs. Analysis: That's the fifth straight game with an assist for Jason Spezza, who has 27 on the season. Oddly, during that streak, he's had two games with lower than usual ice time, clocking only 14:03 on Tuesday and just 10:55 against Chicago on January 18. There's little to worry about there though. Spezza is producing and there's no reason that won't continue.