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: Corey Perry scored a goal midway through the second period of a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: Friday's goal keeps Corey Perry with the second most goals in the NHL this season.
News: Gabriel Landeskog scored his 20th goal of the season and chipped in an assist in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Ducks. Analysis: Landy's 53rd and 54th points of the season officially top his career best of 52 set in 2010-2011, his rookie campaign. His 20th goal also makes the Avalanche the only team so far to boast five 20+ goal scorers on the year. Additionally, although Anaheim's six-goal second period made it obvious that it just wasn't the Avs' night, Gabriel Landeskog found a way to post a positive plus-minus rating (plus-1), one of just three Avs players to do so. With five shots, two PIM, two hits and a takeaway thrown in, you can't ask for much more from the Avs' captain.
News: Daniel Winnik scored a goal during the second period of a 6-4 win over the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: This season has been a lower scoring one for Daniel Winnik, as evidenced by the facts that Friday's goal ends a three-game-long scoreless streak for him and is only his fourth goal of the year.
News: Kyle Palmieri scored two goals during the second period of a 6-4 defeat of the Avalanche. Analysis: Friday's performance was impressive, but it should be noted that it ends a 13-game-long scoreless streak for Kyle Palmieri.
News: Jonas Hiller stopped 34 of 38 shots on goal during a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: While his save percentage of .895 wasn't anything impressive, Friday's win was hopefully at least a confidence boost for HIller as it snapped a three-game-long losing streak for him.