News: Brian Lashoff has been placed on waivers, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: With the solid play of Xavier Ouellet, Brian Lashoff became expendable. If he clears waivers, he will likely head down to AHL Grand Rapids.
News: Christian Ehrhoff is undergoing tests for a concussion back in Pittsburgh and will not be available for Friday's game against the Devils, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Christian Ehrhoff apparently hit his head on the ice in either Wednesday's loss to the Capitals or during Thursday's practice, which will keep him out for at least one contest. The defenseman's test results should be made available Saturday, after which the team will make a determination on his status for Sunday's home date with the Predators. Until Ehrhoff is ready to go, Scott Harrington looks poised to assume his spot in the lineup.
News: Beau Bennett will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Devils. Analysis: Beau Bennett skated as an extra during Friday's morning session, with Mark Arcobello rejoining the lineup in his stead. Coach Mike Johnston has expressed disappointment with Bennett's play of late, which has been reflected in his declining point totals. He's mustered a lone goal over his last eight games.
News: Dylan Olsen cleared waivers Friday, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: It's a bit surprising no team was willing to put in a claim for Dylan Olsen, who has good size and youth going for him. The Panthers are surely happy to retain the 24-year-old, but with no regular lineup spot available for him with the big club, he figures to head to AHL San Antonio for now.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start Friday against the Devils, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury was handed a 4-0 loss in Washington in his first start out of the All-Star break Wednesday, giving him his fourth consecutive loss. He's surrendered at least four goals in all three of those outings, inflating his GAA to 2.36 for the season. By virtue of the talent surrounding him, Fleury should remain one of the stronger fantasy plays in goal the rest of the way, but it looks like he's falling out of contention in the competition for the Vezina Trophy.
News: T.J. Galiardi cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL St. John's on Friday, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports. Analysis: As anticipated, no team was willing to put a claim in for a player who put up just one point in 26 games. T.J. Galiardi will head to the minors and remain on hand as organizational depth for the Jets.
News: Alexander Wennberg scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Panthers. Analysis: Alexander Wennberg showed great patience in waiting for a shot to bounce off the crossbar before he tapped the puck off his stick and into the net. Unfortunately, he hasn't found himself near the crease very often this season, nor has he thrived as a setup man, providing only four assists in 37 games. The 20-year-old is probably better served in the minors, but the Jackets' rash of injuries at forward has made him a lineup mainstay for most of the season.
News: Dmitry Kulikov assisted on Sean Bergenheim's game-winning power-play goal Thursday against the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Bergenheim deflected Dmitry Kulikov's shot with 6:52 remaining off the ice and into the net for the deciding tally. The 2009 first-rounder has yet to deliver the offense the Panthers were counting on when they drafted him 14th overall, but he should still be able to maintain some relevance in deeper formats.
News: Brian Campbell recorded an assist in his 24:07 of ice time Thursday against the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Brian Campbell has taken a backseat as a puck-mover this season to defensive partner Aaron Ekblad, but he's starting to show some signs of offensive life in January. Over his last eight games, Campbell has supplied two goals, three assists and 14 shot attempts.
News: Brad Boyes picked up an assist in Thursday's win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: The 32-year-old hasn't scored frequently enough this season to make him an asset in anything more than deeper formats, but January has been his best month to date. He's notched four goals and three assists over 11 games.