News: J.T. Brown is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and will not play Saturday against the Wild, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: It's assumed that J.T. Brown suffered the injury at some point in Friday's loss to the Wild. Fellow winger Brett Connolly also fell victim to injury and will not be available Saturday, prompting the team to promote Jonathan Marchessault and Michael Blunden to the NHL squad to replenish some depth at forward.
News: Jonathan Quick is expected to draw the start in goal Sunday against the Blue Jackets, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at Saturday's practice, a likely sign that he'll be receiving the nod for Sunday's tilt. The 28-year-old has certainly justified his big-money contract through six appearances in 2014-15, going 4-1-1 with a 1.54 GAA and .958 save percentage.
News: Coach Dave Tippett said he expects Martin Hanzal (lower body) to return to action Tuesday against the Lightning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal was able to get in a skate Saturday morning, and while he won't be cleared to return for the game later that evening against the Panthers, the forward noted that he was feeling better than anticipated during the session. If Hanzal is able to get in a practice on either Sunday or Monday, the team's trianing staff figures to sign off on his return to game action.
News: David Moss (upper body) appears to be dealing with a long-term injury, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: David Moss hasn't resumed skating since leaving Thursday's game with the upper-body injury and will face more tests Saturday to receive a clearer diagnosis of his condition. If the tests confirm that Moss' injury is more than a day-to-day concern as expected, look for the Coyotes to place him on injured reserve at some point next week.
News: Tobias Enstrom assisted on both of the Jets' two goals in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay. Analysis: Tobias Enstrom now has six points (all assists) in seven games this season, to go with a minus-1 rating. Playing the point on the top power-play unit and averaging 23:49 of ice time per game, Enstrom will continue to produce offense. After a somewhat disappointing 30-point season in 2013-14, expect Enstrom to return to the 40-50 point range in 2014-15.
News: Braden Holtby will start between the pipes Saturday against the Flames, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby is 2-1-1 on the season, but also got pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots on October 14 against the Sharks. He'll look to get on track Saturday after losing his last outing against the Oilers.
News: Alex Killorn (undisclosed) will not play Saturday against the Wild, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Alex Killorn is reportedly close to returning, but won't be in the lineup Saturday. Keep an eye out for him to possibly return for Tuesday's matchup with the Coyotes.
News: Victor Rask is still looking for his first point of the season, currently centering the Canes' top line in between Jiri Trusty and Alexander Semin. Analysis: After an impressive training camp and preseason, Victor Rask has struggled out of the gate, with only a minus-5 rating, 12 shots on goal and two PIM through seven games. However, he is probably playing a little high up in the batting order than he should be, given the injuries to the team's top two centers, Eric and Jordan Staal. Overall, fantasy owners should not expect too much of an impact this season, given his own struggles as well as the current state of the team.
News: Corey Crawford (upper body) skated on his own Saturday back in Chicago and is expected to do so again Sunday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: The Blackhawks haven't ruled Corey Crawford out from playing when the team returns home for Sunday's game against the Senators, but it seems highly unlikely that coach Joel Quenneville would turn to Crawford just a day after he returned to the ice. Instead, it's expected that No. 3 goalie Scott Darling will step in to make the start Sunday, with Crawford on track to return for the game after that on Tuesday versus the Ducks.
News: Mike Smith will start Saturday's game against the Panthers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Mike Smith has lost his last two starts, allowing eight goals in the process. He'll get a chance to get back on track Saturday against a rather anemic Panthers offense.