News: Steven Stamkos (lower body) was on the ice for Saturday's optional morning skate and looks like he'll be in the lineup later in the evening against the Wild, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: As was believed all along, the lower-body injury Steven Stamkos appeared to sustain late in Thursday's game won't cost him any action. Fantasy owners should have no qualms about keeping Stamkos in their lineup Saturday.
News: Corey Crawford will be on the bench Saturday as the Blackhawks go with backup goalie Antti Raanta against the Oilers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: This is the usual Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville move to give the backup a start in a back-to-back scenario. Corey Crawford is expected back Sunday against the Canucks on the road. Crawford is 5-2-2 in his career against Vancouver with a 2.08 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in nine games. So far Crawford has been stellar this season with an 8-4-1 record, 1.97 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
News: Ben Bishop will be between the pipes Saturday against the Wild, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Ben Bishop turned in one of his poorer showings of the season Thursday night against the Maple Leafs, surrendering four goals on just 20 shots. His rate stats haven't been as good as his won/loss record, but he remains one of the upper-tier goalie options in the fantasy game.
News: Vladislav Namestnikov will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Wild, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Vladislav Namestnikov's recent offensive slide (one point in seven games) will keep him out of the lineup for the first time in 22 games this season, on his 22nd birthday no less. While the young center looks like a keeper for the Bolts, he'll be prone to slumps like this every now and then. He's probably still a few years away from reaching his peak.
News: Cedric Paquette (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Wild, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: After being forced to the press box Thursday due to the injury, Cedric Paquette will substitute back in for Vladislav Namestnikov. Paquette was only expected to be in line for a short-term stay with the Lightning when he was recalled from AHL Syracuse earlier this month, but he's earned his keep by producing five goals in 11 NHL games this season.
News: Michael Grabner (sports hernia) is now looking unlikely to play before Thanksgiving, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Michael Grabner looked like he might be activated from IR to make his season debut over the weekend, but he's apparently not progressing as the Islanders hoped at this point. The winger wasn't able to skate Saturday morning, prompting coach Jack Capuano to say that Grabner would be reevaluated Monday. Grabner contributed 12 goals and 26 points over 64 games in 2013-14, so he could represent a decent third-line option for the Islanders once he's healthy.
News: Chris Brown was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Saturday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Chris Brown was set to serve as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Sabres, so rather than letting him rot in the press box, the team elected to send him to the minors to pick up some playing time. There's a chance the team could bring him back to the NHL squad after the weekend, but likely only if Liam O'Brien (lower body) and Brooks Laich (shoulder) are deemed unavailable for the Capitals' next game Wednesday.
News: Jaroslav Halak will be in line to start Saturday against the Penguins. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak will replace Chad Johnson in the crease, but the Isles' lineup will otherwise remain unchanged from the unit that beat the Penguins in a shootout Friday night. Johnson no longer appears much of a threat to Halak's standing as the No. 1 goalie based on the latter's improved performance of late. Halak is 5-1 with a .941 save percentage over six outings in November.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the crease Saturday against the Sabres. Analysis: It's the third consecutive start for Braden Holtby, who has been impressive his last two times out en route to victories over the Coyotes and Avalanche. His solid numbers for the season (7-4-2, 2.26 GAA, .914 save percentage) place him safely in the middle class of fantasy goalies.
News: Brad Marchand, who missed his second straight game Friday against Columbus, remains listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: Though Brad Marchand was on the ice for Thursday's practice, he didn't travel to Columbus for Friday's game, with his status for Saturday's tilt against Montreal uncertain.