News: Paul Stastny (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny suffered the injury Oct. 18 against the Coyotes and hasn't returned to action since. He appeared to be on track for Thursday's contest, but was ruled out in a game-time decision and now will miss Saturday as well.
News: Brandon Pirri has been diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed on injured reserve, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Brandon Pirri was making noise for the Panthers having scored three goals in his last three games. The timing of this injury could not have been worse for Pirri considering he only got in the lineup due to an injury to David Bolland. He is considered to be out for at least one week so monitor his status closely.
News: Coach Jack Capuano said Friday that Brock Nelson would be elevated to the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: It's a much-deserved appointment for Brock Nelson, who has been one of the young season's most surprising stars with an impressive six goals and 12 points in 10 games. He'll displace the disappointing Cory Conacher (two points in 10 games), who was unable to offer much production despite playing next to one of the game's best pivots in Tavares. Nelson seems better prepared to fit in with Tavares and Okposo, as the trio had already established some strong continuity as members of the Isles' top power-play unit. Those who own Nelson that were thinking of selling high on the young forward may want to think twice; his early breakout could very well last for the long haul.
News: Dave Bolland (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve Friday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports Analysis: Dave Bolland had only played the first four games of the season before sustaining the injury and did not have any points and only four penalty minutes. This stint on IR is retroactive to October 17th which would make him eligible to return to action as soon as tomorrow against the Flyers. Bolland has had injury problems over the last couple of seasons, including playing only 23 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
News: Rocco Grimaldi has been recalled by the Panthers, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: The Panthers placed Brandon Pirri and Dave Bolland on IR Friday. As a result, the team will look to Rocco Grimaldi to serve as a bottom six center while Pirri and Bolland recover from their injuries.
News: Jonathan Bernier will start between the pipes for the Leafs on Friday, Jonas Siegel of TSN reports. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier was expected to start for the Leafs on Friday after he didn't participate in the optional morning skate. That is indeed the case, as he led the team onto the ice for warmups.
News: Vincent Trocheck has been recalled by the Panthers, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: After the Panthers put Brandon Pirri and Dave Bolland on injured reserve Friday, the team will look to Vincent Trocheck to help round out their bottom-six. Neither Pirri nor Bolland has yet to resume skating, so Trocheck could quite possibly enjoy a multi-game run with the Panthers.
News: The NHL has suspended Alex Burrows for three games following his hit to Alexei Emelin's head on Thursday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: There was no penalty called after the collision, but the NHL determined the hit was serious enough to warrant a three-game suspension. Alex Burrows will miss matchups with Edmonton, Nashville, and Colorado while serving his suspension. Tom Sestito, who has been a healthy scratch for most of the season, will likely see an increase in ice time during Burrows' absence, though likely not as a direct fill-in on the second line.
News: Trevor Lewis (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve, Helene Elliot of the LA Times reports. Analysis: After missing the Kings' last nine games with an upper-body injury, Trevor Lewis is expected to return to the team's lineup when they take on the Red Wings on Friday night. Lewis will resume his role as a center in the Kings' bottom-six upon his return.
News: David Backes is questionable for the Blues' Saturday night match with the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: David Backes is still recovering from a concussion he sustained on Tuesday night. The team will see how Backes feels Saturday morning before making a decision on whether or not the veteran winger will suit up for the game.