News: Darcy Kuemper has been confirmed to start in goal Thursday against the Flyers. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper gave way to Niklas Backstrom for the start Sunday against the Jets, but still managed to earn a victory after stopping all three shots he faced in relief while the Wild offense tallied the go-ahead goal. Ray Emery is expected to receive the start in the opposite net.
News: William Karlsson (illness) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Analysis: William Karlsson didn't travel with the team to Vancouver while he remains under the weather, and because he hadn't played since Nov. 16, the Ducks decided to create some roster flexibility by moving him to IR. As a result, Karlsson will also have to miss Sunday's game against the Coyotes, but would be eligible to return any time thereafter.
News: Roberto Luongo will receive the start in goal Thursday against the Sharks, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo guided the Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Sharks the last time the two teams met on Nov. 11, stopping 21 of 22 shots in the victory. He's since stumbled his last two times out after that, but still owns a respectable 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage over his 31 outings this season.
News: Francois Beauchemin (illness) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Thursday versus the Canucks. Analysis: With the debilitating mumps virus now behind him, Francois Beauchemin will assume his usual spot on a pairing with Hampus Lindholm, where he's averaged a team-leading 22:51 of ice time this season. He's not especially active as a puck-mover, however, creating a wide chasm between his real-life and fantasy value.
News: Frederik Andersen will be in the net Thursday against the Canucks. Analysis: After winning his first six starts of the season, Frederik Andersen now sits on the other side of the spectrum with a six-game losing streak heading into Thursday's match. During that time, Andersen has managed just a .887 save percentage and was removed from the game early on two occasions, making him difficult for fantasy owners to trust at this time.
News: Jay Harrison (lower body) will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: Now healthy after a three-game absence, Jay Harrison will replace John-Michael Liles in the Hurricanes' lineup. Harrison has three points and a minus-2 rating over 13 games this season.
News: Alexander Semin will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: It's the second time this month that Alexander Semin has been a healthy scratch, as coach Bill Peters appears to be growing frustrated with his lack of production. Semin has no goals and five points over 14 games and has seen his average ice time drop over three minutes from a season earlier.
News: Van Riemsdyk underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his broken kneecap, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Analysis: The blueliner is expected to make a full recovery in three-to-four months. He supplied one point in 18 games prior to succumbing to the injury.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the net Thursday against the Avalanche. Analysis: Braden Holtby enters Thursday's game with wins in three of his last four contests, during which he's surrendered a total of six goals. He'll try to keep rolling against an Avs attack that ranks 27th in the NHL with 2.4 goals per game.
News: Friday's game between the Sabres and Rangers, where Jhonas Enroth had been expected to start, has been postponed. Analysis: First and foremost, we certainly sympathize with those in danger during one of the nastiest snowstorms the Buffalo area has ever seen. It's also created a major challenge with local sporting events, and the Sabres were lucky to sneak in their Wednesday victory over the Sharks before a sparse crowd. Those playing daily lineups Friday will now only have three games to choose from instead of four.