News: Joey MacDonald will be in goal Friday vs. the Stars, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: It's somewhat shocking that Joey MacDonald is back with the Flames after he was run out of town following a miserable showing in Calgary earlier this season, but he found his way back after the injury to Karri Ramo and the trade of Reto Berra. MacDonald will make the first start for the Flames' back-to-back while No. 1 netminder Joni Ortio handles Saturday's duties vs. Phoenix.
News: Dougie Hamilton returned to the Bruins' lineup Thursday against the Coyotes after having been made a healthy scratch two games in a row, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: While Dougie Hamilton returned to the lineup and saw 17:05 of ice time Thursday, Torey Krug was a healthy scratch on defense for the Bruins. With eight healthy options available, the team's game-by-game blue line configuration figures to be fluid down the stretch, a situation to track in daily formats.
News: Bracken Kearns was recalled from AHL Worcester on Friday. Analysis: The addition of Bracken Kearns gives Todd McLellan a little more lineup flexibility with Raffi Torres nursing some soreness after returning from knee surgery. Kearns had three goals and an assist in his 22 games with the Sharks earlier this season.
News: Tim Thomas will be in the net Friday vs. the Flames, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Tim Thomas will make his second straight start for the Stars after an excellent outing against the Blues on Tuesday, but he could return to backup duty in the coming days. Kari Lehtonen (concussion) has been on the ice for the last couple of days and looks like he could be ready to make the start Sunday vs. the Jets.
News: Artem Anisimov (personal) will rejoin the Blue Jackets before Saturday's game vs. the Wild, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: After Artem Anisimov's wife gave birth Thursday without any complications, the center will spend Friday with his family before returning to work. His return likely bumps Cam Atkinson to the press box for Saturday's game.
News: Marian Hossa (upper body) was on the ice for Friday's morning skate, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports. Analysis: It appears Marian Hossa was only skating as a placeholder on the fourth line for Brandon Bollig, so it doesn't look like a surprise early return is in the works for the forward. Nevertheless, with Hossa rejoining his teammates on the ice for the first time since suffering his upper-body injury, he still has a shot at entering the lineup Sunday vs. the Red Wings.
News: Carey Price (lower body) practiced in full Friday, TSN Montreal's John Lu reports. Analysis: Carey Price faced shots and wasn't sharing his net with the Habs' other two goalies, a sign that he'll be available for at least one of Montreal's weekend tilts against either Ottawa or Buffalo. The team has gone 3-5-0 without their No. 1 goalie in the lineup and may need to ride him heavily down the stretch to battle for better playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.
News: The Devils will plan on using the same lineup Friday against Florida that they used Tuesday in a win over Philadelphia when Eric Gelinas was a healthy scratch. Analysis: Eric Gelinas had points in several games after the Olympics, but has struggled defensively at times. Until he shores up his play in his own end, he's going to see some games from the press box despite his offensive production (with 26 points in 50 games). There is no word yet on Gelinas' status for Saturday's tilt with Tampa Bay.
News: Kari Lehtonen (concussion) was on the ice for Friday's morning skate, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will be scratched for Friday's game vs. the Flames, but he hasn't experienced any setbacks on the ice the last two days and looks on track to play Sunday against the Jets. If Lehtonen only misses three games due to the concussion, it would have to be viewed as a much better outcome than expected considering how severe his blow to the head looked last Saturday.
News: Shawn Horcoff was ruled out for Friday's game after he was struck by a puck during Thursday's practice, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: It's unclear where on his body Shawn Horcoff was struck, but it sounds like he's dealing with too much soreness to suit up Friday. Horcoff will be out for at least one game, with Chris Mueller slotting in as the fourth-line center in his stead.