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.
News: Cory Schneider will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Jets, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Cory Schneider will look to get back on track after giving up five goals in two periods in his last start. He will take on a Winnipeg team that scored four goals its last time out but has topped two goals just three times through nine games.
News: Mark Borowiecki will not play in Thursday's game against the Blackhawks due to an injury suffered in Tuesday's game, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports. Analysis: It's not clear what type of injury Mark Borowiecki is dealing with or how long he will be out, as head coach Paul MacLean said only that he will not play Thursday night when asked. Without further details available, it remains to be seen if Borowiecki will miss further action.
News: Corey Crawford (upper body) was on the ice for the Blackhawks' morning skate, Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford's presence at the morning skate does not guarantee he will start Thursday, but it does give him a chance to do so. Expect the Blackhawks to provide some clarification on their goalie situation following the morning session.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Sean Collins from AHL Springfield on Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Blue Jackets' forward crop has been decimated by injuries, so Gibbons was brought in to provide some depth. He and Brian Gibbons will likely take turns filling a wing spot on the Blue Jackets' fourth line.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Brian Gibbons from AHL Springfield on Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Injuries have hit the Blue Jackets hard of late, so Brian Gibbons was brought in to provide some depth up front. He and Sean Collins will likely rotate at one of the wing spots on the Blue Jackets' fourth line.
News: The Blue Jackets placed Mark Letestu (groin) on injured reserve Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Mark Letestu will be out 2-to-4 weeks after injuring his groin Tuesday, so the Blue Jackets placed him on injured reserve to open up a spot on the roster.