News: Nate Guenin will rejoin the Avs' lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Zach Redmond has emerged as coach Patrick Roy's preferred replacement option for Ryan Wilson (shoulder) on the third pairing, but Nate Guenin will now receive the opportunity to make an impression of his own. Guenin hasn't played since Oct. 18 and hasn't provided a point in his four games this season.
News: Semyon Varlamov is set to make the start in goal Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov has helped the Avs come away with at least a point in his last five starts, but is still sitting on a losing record (1-2-3) for the season. He'll have a good shot at evening his record against the Islanders, who have struggled defensively for most of the season.
News: Jesse Winchester appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: After taking contact in practices earlier this week, Jesse Winchester was donning an orange non-contact sweater at Thursday's morning skate, a sign that he's noticed a downgrade in his recovery. The fact that the Avs haven't shut down his on-ice activities entirely offers some encouragement, but it no longer looks as though Winchester will be activated in the coming days.
News: Josh Jooris will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Predators, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Josh Jooris has been quiet since recording a goal in his NHL debut, with his move to the bottom line likely contributing to his lack of impact. Brian McGrattan is expected to take his spot in the lineup Friday.
News: Deryk Engelland (personal) missed practice Thursday but is expected to play Friday against the Predators, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Check back on Deryk Engelland's status after Friday's morning skate, but it seems highly likely that he'll draw back in on the Flames' third defensive pairing. Engelland has yet to provide a point in his eight games this season.
News: Curtis Glencross missed Thursday's practice with an illness, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley said that he still expected Curtis Glencross to play Friday against the Predators, so it doesn't sound like the illness is anything to worry about. Glencross has tallied a goal and two assists to go along with 28 hits over 11 games.
News: Though David Booth (foot) skated Thursday morning, coach Randy Carlyle said the forward remains "a long ways from returning," Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports. Analysis: David Booth is about four weeks through the six-week recovery timetable he was given after suffering the injury in early October, but Carlyle's words suggest that Booth might not be a lock to return by mid-November. Until he starts taking part in full practices, the Leafs probably won't have a clear idea of when Booth might be activated.
News: Shayne Gostisbehere will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: "Ghost" wasn't especially impressive in his first two NHL games, going a collective minus-2 with no points. Brandon Manning will take his spot in the lineup Thursday, and if he performs well, Shayne Gostisbehere may remain in the press box for further games.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff said Valeri Nichushkin (groin) is close to returning from injured reserve, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: The Stars indicated a few days ago that Valeri Nichushkin wouldn't be able to return at any point this week, so while the young winger appears to progressing well, don't expect him to suit up for either of the team's back-to-back tilts with the Ducks or Wild over the weekend. However, if he rejoins full practice and short order and no longer appears hampered by the groin injury that has bothered him since training camp, Nichushkin's activation could come in advance of Tuesday's game against the Kings.
News: Coach Bill Peters said Patrick Dwyer (lower body) is expected to return over the weekend. Analysis: Patrick Dwyer was cleared for contact earlier this week and should get in enough practice time before the weekend to be a lineup option for the Hurricanes. The winger appeared in just two games before suffering the injury Oct. 11.