News: Tobias Enstrom assisted on both of the Jets' two goals in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay. Analysis: Tobias Enstrom now has six points (all assists) in seven games this season, to go with a minus-1 rating. Playing the point on the top power-play unit and averaging 23:49 of ice time per game, Enstrom will continue to produce offense. After a somewhat disappointing 30-point season in 2013-14, expect Enstrom to return to the 40-50 point range in 2014-15.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) skated on his own Saturday morning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal got injured on October 18 against the Blues, but looks like he's making progress in his recovery. Keep an eye out for Hanzal to be a full participant at practice at some point this week before returning to game action.
News: Evgeni Malkin skated as a second-line center with wingers Pascal Dupuis and Blake Comeau for Saturday's game-day practice. Analysis: Pittsburgh used the Russian as a center Thursday in Detroit and it appears his time as an early-season right winger is coming to a close. Despite posting respectable fantasy numbers -- he has nine points (2G, 7A) in six games -- Evgeni Malkin has played poorly at times and seemingly struggled to grasp new coach Mike Johnston's system. He's been hearing more than his fair share of boo birds in Pittsburgh, making his near-term future something to keep an eye on.
News: Antti Raanta will get the start between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Blues, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Antti Raanta will get his third consecutive start while Corey Crawford (upper body) is still sidelined. Raanta recorded a shutout in his first appearance of the season against the Flyers, but allowed three goals to the Predators on Thursday.
News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) and Simon Despres took turns as Pittsburgh's sixth defender in Saturday's morning skate. Analysis: It was pretty much assumed Robert Bortuzzo would enter the lineup when healthy, but the Pens have apparently decided to keep veteran Rob Scuderi active while one of the two young blueliners will likely sit -- at least for Saturday's tilt in Nashville.
News: The Islanders placed Josh Bailey (hand) on IR on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Josh Bailey suffered a broken hand Thursday against the Bruins, and is expected to miss at least the next four weeks with the injury. The Isles activated Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) off IR to take Bailey's place on the roster.
News: The Islanders activated Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) off IR on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, as Josh Bailey (hand) will head to IR to open up a spot for him. He's posted two goals and an assist through four games to date.
News: Scott Hartnell potted the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Friday's loss to the Ducks. Analysis: It took longer than expected for Scott Hartnell to notch his first goal, but he's managed to be a driving force for the Blue Jackets' attack through the season through his work as a passer. His eight assists are tied for second in the NHL.
News: Simon Despres rotated with Robert Bortuzzo as the Pens' sixth defenseman during Saturday's game-day skate. Analysis: Despite a tendency to take unnecessary penalties, Simon Despres has played pretty well in limited minutes. With veteran Rob Scuderi and his ability to serve as an effective penalty killer, Despres and Bortuzzo may have to battle one another for the final spot on the blue line. It's possible that both Despres and Bortuzzo could eventually become a pairing while Scuderi sits, but for now it appears that either Despres or Bortuzzo will serve as the odd man out.
News: Derek Stepan (leg) has begun skating on his own, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: It's a great sign that Derek Stepan has returned to the ice, but he's still expected to be sidelined for at least another week while his leg fully recovers. The center racked up 17 goals and 40 assists while playing all 82 games for the Rangers last season, and should be a huge part of the team's game plan upon his return.