News: Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots he faced to blank the Flyers on Friday. Analysis: That gives Cam Talbot back-to-back shutouts against the Flyers, who failed to get one by the netminder when the two teams met last week. Despite his extraordinary success against Philadelphia, coach Alain Vigneault will resist the temptation to go back to him in Saturday's rematch, as Henrik Lundqvist has already been announced as that game's starter. In any case, the back-to-back positive turns amount to a nice confidence boost for Talbot, who had mostly struggled in his other outings this season.
News: Jesse Blacker was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner was officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and ruled out of Friday's game against the Blackhawks, forcing the Ducks to bring up Jesse Blacker for his NHL debut. The 23-year-old, who is considered one of the organization's better blue line prospects, has four points in 14 games with Norfolk.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) has been officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and will not play Friday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner practiced Thursday and seemed well on his way to returning to action, but apparently some late-emerging symptoms of the mumps will knock him out of action. The setback has to be concerning for the Ducks, who now might have to worry about further players potentially being infected by Stoner. Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin previously missed multiple games with the illness.
News: Mike Green (upper body) will not play Friday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jack Hillen will spell him in the Capitals' lineup for the second straight game. It hasn't been reported that Mike Green has resumed skating since suffering the injury, so it's not clear when he might rejoin the lineup.
News: Johnny Boychuk will miss Friday's game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk had been missing practices recently with a suspected knee issue, so the fact that he'll sit out Friday with an upper-body injury comes as a surprise. The blueliner, who has been highly productive since coming over in a trade with the Bruins late in training camp, will be considered day-to-day for the time being. Brian Strait takes his spot in the lineup Friday.
News: Josh Harding is expected to make his first start for AHL Iowa Sunday at San Antonio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Josh Harding hasn't played yet this season due to a suspension and broken foot. He'll likely need a week or two of starts at Iowa before the Wild decide whether to keep him in the minors. It's possible after he cleared waivers he may stay in the minors for some time.
News: Tyler Seguin scored his NHL-leading 18th goal in Friday's loss to the Wild and also added an assist. Analysis: Tyler Seguin remains on a roll with six goals and two assists in his last five games.
News: Jordie Benn was a healthy scratch Friday for the fourth game in a row. Analysis: Jordie Benn has been stuck on the bench with Dallas giving more ice time to Jyrki Jokipakka.
News: Kari Lehtonen gave up five goals on 31 shots and lost Friday in overtime 5-4 to Minnesota. Analysis: Just when Kari Lehtonen appeared to get on a roll with a three-game winning streak, he struggled Friday. He allowed two first-period goals, but kept Dallas in the game until giving up a goal late in the third period and then overtime. It wasn't an encouraging outing as all five goals were allowed on even strength.
News: Ales Hemsky scored his first goal of the season and had five shots on goal in 13:32 of ice time in Friday's loss to Minnesota. Analysis: Ales Hemsky showed off a nice move to get past Ryan Suter and get a shot off on his goal. Unfortunately those moments are rare this season as he has just six points in 22 games.