News: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The previously unspecified lower-body injury that forced Sergei Bobrovsky from Tuesday's game is a groin strain, and it's expected to sideline the 25-year-old for at least a month. It's a devastating blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now attempt to at least stay afloat with the likes of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna in goal.
News: Brett Bellemore (neck) will not play Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: After reporting some stiffness in his neck, Brett Bellemore was sent back to Carolina, likely for further evaluation. He only has two points (1G, 1A) on the season, but Bellemore has his plus-minus rating back to even with a plus-2 rating in his last two contests.
News: Eric Staal missed practice Wednesday with a touch of the flu but should be good to go Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: It doesn't sound like the illness will prevent Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, from taking the ice against Nashville. The 29-year-old has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.
News: Eric Brewer (lower body) is not expected to play Thursday against the Senators, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: The lower-body injury will likely keep Eric Brewer from a second consecutive game Thursday, but it does not sound like he's in danger of landing on IR. The team is expected, however, to add a defender from the AHL to serve as depth while Brewer recovers.
News: Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: On Tuesday, Andrew Shaw was involved in a fight with the Stars' Antoine Roussel, and he also took a hard shot into the boards later in the game. The Blackhawks have not elaborated on the nature or severity of the ailment.
News: Michal Handzus (illness) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: Rather than risk infecting his teammates with his illness, Michal Handzus will stay back in Chicago and try to kick the bug in time for Friday's home tilt against Anaheim.
News: Jiri Hudler tallied a goal and an assist Wednesday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Jiri Hudler has turned into a star since moving to Calgary, and currently ranks 20th in the league with 25 points through 27 games. With four points in his last four games, he's showing no signs of slowing down, so his fantasy value should continue to rise as more owners become believers.
News: Karri Ramo saved 29 of the 30 shots he faced Wednesday night. Analysis: He'll likely continue to serve as the backup net minder to Reto Berra, but Karri Ramo has won his last two starts, and had a particularly strong outing Wednesday. In his last three appearances, he has given up just two goals on 56 shots.