News: Jonathan Quick will not start Thursday, but he will be in the crease for Friday's game against the Red Wings, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports. Analysis: The Kings are playing back-to-back games Thursday and Friday, so Jonathan Quick will be held out of the first game so that he does not have to play two nights in a row. Martin Jones will get the start for the Kings on Thursday.
News: Martin Jones will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Penguins, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports. Analysis: The Kings are playing back-to-back games Thursday and Friday, so Martin Jones will get the nod Thursday to prevent regular goaltender Jonathan Quick from playing 120 minutes in two days. Jones will likely need to be at his best Thursday facing a Penguins team that currently leads the NHL with 4.13 goals per game.
News: Evander Kane (knee) will suit up for Thursday's game against the Devils. Analysis: Evander Kane has been sidelined since injuring his knee in the season opener, but he is set to return to action after making it through Thursday's morning skate without issue.
News: Corey Crawford (upper body) is unlikely to start Thursday, according to Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times. Analysis: Corey Crawford took part in Thursday's morning skate, but fellow goaltender Scott Darling was the first goalie off the ice following the session, which indicates he, and not Crawford, will start Thursday. While Crawford is unlikely to play Thursday, he has been able to skate a couple times this week, so his return should not be far off.
News: Jonas Brodin (hand) is doubtful to play in Thursday's game against San Jose, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Jonas Brodin hurt his hand and was sore overall after a hard hit. It sounds like he may need a few more days off.
News: Scott Darling is in line to start Thursday's game against the Senators, Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: Regular goaltender Corey Crawford (upper body) had a chance to return to action Thursday, but Scott Darling was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, so it looks like he will get the nod Thursday night. Darling faced the Senators just four days ago and played well, giving up one goal in a winning effort.
News: The Senators have yet to set a target date for Marc Methot (back) to return to the ice, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports. Analysis: Marc Methot's health has improved lately, but without any sort of timeline for his return, it remains to be seen when he will make his season debut.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury is in line to start Thursday's game against the Kings, Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Thursday night. He will need to be sharp Thursday with the Penguins facing a Kings team that is giving up just 1.67 goals per game -- tied for the best mark in the league.
News: Nick Foligno (neck) took part in Thursday's practice, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Nick Foligno sat out the Blue Jackets' last game Tuesday, but his participation in Thursday's practice session bodes well for his chances of playing Friday. The Blue Jackets could certainly use him with six forwards out with injuries.
News: Jordin Tootoo (foot) did not take part in Thursday's morning skate, The Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Jordin Tootoo is considered day-to-day despite being on injured reserve, but after sitting out Thursday morning, it does not appear he will be activated for Thursday's game.