News: Chris Tierney will be a scratch for the second straight game Thursday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. Analysis: Chris Tierney played some good hockey so far, but he's young and the return of James Sheppard may crowd him out of the lineup and see him returning to the AHL to get more ice time.
News: Mirco Mueller will again be a scratch for the Sharks on Thursday as they take on the Blue Jackets, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Analysis: That means Mirco Mueller will have been a scratch in three of the team's first eight games. Many have speculated that this means that Mueller will be headed to the WHL soon to get more ice time, but Kurz reports that coach Todd McLellan says that Mueller is "not going anywhere."
News: Cam Ward will be back in the net Thursday against the Flames. Analysis: After Anton Khudobin played respectably in the Hurricanes' last two games against the Rangers and Jets, Cam Ward may need a strong showing of his own Thursday to ensure that a timeshare remains in place. Ward, who hasn't played since Oct. 14, was terrible in his first two turns of the season, posting a horrendous .846 save percentage in losses to the Islanders and Sabres.
News: Devin Setoguchi didn't take part in Thursday's morning skate due to an illness, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: Devin Setoguchi would likely be a healthy scratch anyway Thursday, so the illness gives the Flames further reason to send him to the press box.
News: Ryan Miller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Thursday against the Blues, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: As expected, Ryan Miller will get the nod against his former squad, with the Blues countering with Jake Allen in the net. Miller is 3-1-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .884 save percentage in four outings with Vancouver this season.
News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for the Sharks on Thursday against Columbus, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi is 3-1 this season with a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.70. He's playing well and battling hard to really lock down that starting position over Alex Stalock.
News: David Jones' coach Bob Hartley indicated that Jones (lower body) is progressing well and will likely play on the home stand, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: David Jones has been on the injured reserve since October 9, but it appears he will be ready to go soon. The home stand referenced will last until the 31st of this month, meaning that Jones will still have over a week to recover and practice before he plays.
News: Jonathan Quick will start in the goal Thursday against the Sabres, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick has been dominant of late, exactly what fantasy players who drafted him expected. He will look to notch his fourth consecutive win Thursday against a Buffalo team that has struggled to score this season.
News: Nathan Gerbe skated Thursday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports. Analysis: This is the first time Nathan Gerbe has skated at all since suffering the injury the previous Thursday. He is still considered day-to-day, however it appears doubtful that Gerbe will be able to play in either of the Canes' upcoming games Thursday or Friday.
News: Martin Havlat (face) appears doubtful to play Friday against the Stars, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Though Martin Havlat returned to the lineup Tuesday after painful cuts on his face forced him to sit out the Devils' previous game, it sounds like the forward might have suffered a setback in his return. He's been absent for practice for each of the last two days, and barring some quick healing overnight, it looks like he'll be in the press box Friday night.