News: VandeChris Vande Velde was returned to AHL Adirondack on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Zac Rinaldo due to return in the Flyers' next game Saturday, the team had no need to keep VandeChris Vande Velde with the parent club any longer. He appeared in just one game during his brief stay with the Flyers, logging 3:53 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
News: Petr Nedved officially announced his retirement from hockey Friday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: The 42-year-old has played the last seven seasons in Europe after a 15-year NHL career with the Canucks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers. He was among the most prized fantasy assets back in the day, with his 99-point campaign with the Penguins in 1995-96 amounting to his greatest NHL season.
News: Magnus Paajarvi has an upper-body injury and will not be available Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Magnus Paajarvi left practice early after suffering the injury in Thursday's game against Edmonton. Coach Ken Hitchcock will let him rest for a game before reevaluating where Paajarvi is at in his recovery. Brenden Morrow enters the lineup Saturday.
News: Ryan Miller will be back in the crease Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller quickly rebounded from his first loss with the Blues earlier this week with a decisive victory over the Oilers on Thursday. With a far better supporting cast flanking him in St. Louis than in Buffalo, Miller should be treated as an elite fantasy option at goalie for the rest of the season.
News: Viktor Fasth is expected to start Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Coach Dallas Eakins hasn't announced a starter for Friday's game, but given that Ben Scrivens started a night earlier, Viktor Fasth figures to draw into the crease to relieve him. Fasth won in his Oilers debut Tuesday vs. the Wild, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
News: Evgeni Malkin has one goal and seven assists in seven games since returning from the Olympics. Analysis: With linemate James Neal (concussion) replaced in the lineup by rookie Brian Gibbons, the Penguins will need Evgeni Malkin to step up in the goal-scoring department -- something which could pay off for fantasy owners. Malkin has 22 goals and 58 points in 44 career contests against Philly, Pittsburgh's back-to-back opponent over the weekend.
News: Daniel Sedin (hamstring) skated on Friday, and GM Mike Gillis doesn't think he is done for the season, Team 1040's Blake Price reports. Analysis: This is good news for Daniel Sedin fantasy owners, but there is still yet to be an exact timetable for his return. The 33-year-old has missed the team's past five games with a hamstring injury, and is expected to be out at least another week, possibly longer. With news surfacing Friday that Ryan Kesler (knee) will be out for "at least a couple of weeks", the Canucks would love to see Sedin back soon, as the team is currently lacking offense, and battling to get into the playoffs.
News: The Penguins are expected to play Brian Gibbons on the team's No. 2 line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen while James Neal recovers from a concussion. Analysis: Brian Gibbons, who recently missed time with a lower-body injury, has just one assist and one shot on goal in his last six games. For the season, the speedy little forward has four goals and 10 points in 24 contests.
News: Dustin Brown missed Friday's practice with an illness, Elliott Teaford of InsideSocal.com reports. Analysis: The Kings will assess Dustin Brown's condition at morning skate before determining his status for Saturday's game vs. the Ducks. The 29-year-old previously missed a game in December with the illness.
News: Jonathan Quick (illness) missed Friday's practice, Elliott Teaford of InsideSocal.com reports. Analysis: The illness puts Jonathan Quick's availability in question for Saturday's game vs. the Ducks. If Quick's condition does not improve overnight, coach Darryl Sutter could turn to backup Martin Jones for the start.