News: Chris Stewart fired seven shots on goal, but was held without a point in a loss to the Kings on Thursday. Analysis: Chris Stewart has yet to score this year, and has registered just one point in eight games. He'll eventually get one in, and the best way to snap out of his early season funk may just be to keep shooting until one finds the back of the net.
News: Johan Franzen (groin) won't return from injured reserve when eligible Saturday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: It seems Johan Franzen's groin injury is still a short-term concern, but GM Ken Holland declined to provide an update on how much improvement the forward has noticed with the injury. Since he has yet to take the ice since pregame warmups last weekend, the Red Wings decided to rule Franzen out of their two-game road trip beginning Saturday. He'll aim to work out on his own back in Detroit, with a possible return to action no sooner than Oct. 31 against the Kings.
News: Anze Kopitar scored a goal on the power play in Thursday's victory over the Sabres. Analysis: The points haven't been coming as often as they have in the past, with just two goals and an assist so far. Still, centering the first line and the primary power play unit, Anze Kopitar figures to be one of the top center options out there.
News: Cam Janssen has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday while playing with AHL Albany, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Cam Janssen was waived by the Devils at the end of training camp and is strictly an organizational depth player for the team at this stage of his career. The injury will only hurt his chances of making his way back to New Jersey anytime soon.
News: Ben Bishop will be in the crease Friday against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Ben Bishop received the night off Tuesday in Calgary, so there's a good chance he'll start both ends of the Bolts' weekend back-to-back in Winnipeg and Minnesota. He'll enter Friday's game against the Jets with an impressive 3-1-1 record, 1.97 GAA and .921 save percentage, numbers comparable to those that he posted in his breakout 2013-14 campaign.
News: Paul Byron had two assists in 13:32 worth of ice time in a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. Analysis: After tallying points in the team's first two games, Paul Byron had been held off the score sheet over the last six games. The Flames have gotten off to a surprising start, and while skating on the second line along with Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan, Byron could occasionally see productive nights on offense.
News: Zac Rinaldo (upper body) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Zac Rinaldo's absence from Friday's practice was enough to convince the Flyers that he wouldn't be ready to go for the tilt with the Red Wings. He could return to the ice over the next day or two to give him a better shot at playing Tuesday against the Kings, but expect the ailing Flyers to recall a forward from the minors over the weekend as insurance.
News: Vincent Lecavalier (foot) said he will most realistically return to action next Thursday against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier was able to skate on his own prior to Friday's session and could be cleared to resume practicing with the team over the next couple of days. While he didn't rule out a return to action as early as Tuesday against the Kings, it seems more likely that he'll first be up to full speed Thursday, when the Flyers will take on his former squad. Philadelphia could still retroactively stash Lecavalier on injured reserve over the weekend in order to add an extra forward, but because he's already missed more than the minimum seven days, he'll be eligible for activation as soon as the Flyers deem him ready.
News: Ben Smith scored on his only shot of the night in a 3-2 loss to the Predators on Thursday. Analysis: In his first full season, Ben Smith netted 14 goals last year. It took him six games to record his first point this season, and skating mainly on the team's fourth line, he likely won't see a big spike in his numbers from a year ago.
News: Seth Jones had an assist in 17:31 worth of ice time in a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday. Analysis: Seth Jones got off to a slow start offensively, but he's now tallied a point in three of the team's last four contests. At just 20 years old, he still has plenty of time to develop and he could become one of the top defensemen in the league, even if the offensive numbers aren't there just yet.