News: Mark Fayne (shoulder) will not play Friday against the Stars. Analysis: Neither Mark Fayne nor Matt Hendricks (back) will be available Friday after leaving Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Avalanche with the injuries. The Oilers called up Brandon Davidson from AHL Oklahoma City on Thursday to cover for the absence of Fayne, who has compiled eight points and a minus-21 rating over 74 games this season.
News: Matt Hendricks (back) will not play Friday against the Stars. Analysis: Matt Hendricks succumbed to the injury in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche, skating just 8:27 before leaving the contest. The winger provides toughness in the Oilers' bottom-six ranks with 205 hits and 76 PIM on the season, but his limited offense and his poor plus/minus rating doesn't make him an appealing fantasy target.
News: Boyd Gordon (back) will not play Friday against the Stars. Analysis: Though the Oilers will miss Boyd Gordon's skills in the faceoff circle, the center's absence will cause considerably fewer ripples in the fantasy realm. Gordon has tallied only 13 points in 68 games this season while primarily skating on the Oilers' fourth line.
News: Alex Stalock will start in net Saturday against the Flyers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Alex Stalock hasn't made an appearance in net since Mar. 18, but will finally return to the net Saturday. In 17 games this season, the netminder has posted a 6-7-1 record with a 2.65 GAA and .903 save percentage. He'll receive the benefit of facing a weak offensive opponent Saturday in the Flyers, who average just 2.57 G/GP.
News: Cam Ward will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Penguins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: The Hurricanes will go back to Cam Ward for a second straight game after he stopped 27 shots in Thursday's upset 5-2 victory over the Penguins. Coach Bill Peters has generally embraced a timeshare between Ward and Anton Khudobin, and seems unlikely to deviate from those plans over the final two weeks of the season. Ward's 2.43 GAA and .910 save percentage have been passable this season, but with the Hurricanes headed for a sub-.500 finish, the victories don't figure to trickle in for either of the team's goalies on a regular basis.
News: Alexander Semin missed Friday's practice due to an undisclosed injury and is questionable to play Saturday against the Devils, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin was able to break an eight-game scoring drought with a goal in Thursday's win over the Penguins, but it appears to have come at the cost of his health. Considering the extent to which Semin has struggled this season and with the Hurricanes out of playoff contention, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decided to err on the side of caution and hold the winger out Saturday.
News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) won't play Friday against the Flames. Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo didn't want to change the lineup he used Tuesday against the Islanders, so Ryan Carter's return will have to wait. The Wild will play the second half of a back-to-back set Saturday versus the Kings, which could provide an opportunity for Carter to substitute in for another player.
News: Kyle Brodziak (upper body) will not play Friday against the Flames. Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo has decided to stick with the same lineup Friday that he used Tuesday against the Islanders, meaning that Kyle Brodziak will sit a second straight game due to the injury. It's not clear how far along he is in his recovery from the injury, so he'll retain a day-to-day listing for the time being.
News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) practiced with the Penguins on Friday and is being listed as day-to-day, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Fellow injured top-six forward Evgeni Malkin (lower body) also participated in Friday's session, but seemed to be more involved in line rushes than Patric Hornqvist. That would seem to suggest that Malkin will play Saturday versus the Coyotes and Hornqvist won't, but a ruling of the status on either player won't come until the Penguins check in on their progress overnight. Even if Hornqvist sits out Saturday, he'll still likely have a shot at suiting up for Sunday's tilt with the Sharks.
News: Mikael Samuelsson announced his retirement from professional hockey this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The 38-year-old played in his native Sweden this season after appearing in 26 games with the Red Wings in 2013-14. In addition to his two stints in Detroit, Mikael Samuelsson spent time with the Sharks, Rangers, Penguins, Panthers, and Canucks, finishing his NHL career with 149 goals and 346 points in 699 career games.