News: Daniel Paille (concussion) took part in Friday's optional practice, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports. Analysis: Daniel Paille hasn't experienced any recurring symptoms while sitting out the Bruins' last two games and could be back in the lineup Saturday vs. Carolina. Coach Claude Julien probably won't pass along official word on his status until Saturday morning.
News: Roberto Luongo will be between the pipes Friday vs. the Devils. Analysis: In a game that is sure to be watched by many solemn-faced Canucks fans, it will be a battle of two former Vancouver goalies, with Cory Schneider manning the net opposite Roberto Luongo. Schneider has better ratios on the season than his ex-teammate, but Luongo has still enjoyed his best campaign in two years. He carries a tidy 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage into Friday's contest.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist, 22:43 of ice time, and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: After a bit of an expected lull, Marc-Edouard Vlasic is back to his scoring ways from early in the season. In the last nine games he's got a goal and five assists. He's also a plus-14 with an average of 2.89 shots per game over that stretch. That shot average is more than twice his best rate from any season past.
News: Cam Ward is expected to receive the start Saturday vs. the Bruins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: It's hard to blame coach Kirk Muller if he decides to stick with Cam Ward after he's put together arguably his two best back-to-back starts of the season. He's stopped 45 of 48 shots in wins over the Rangers and Sabres, keeping the Hurricanes on the edge of the playoff race in a competitive Eastern Conference.
News: Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice Friday and is expected to start against the Blackhawks, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Pekka Rinne notched the win Monday against the Senators, marking his first victory since returning from injured reserve Mar. 4. He's been generally effective in goal despite a lack of offensive support from his mates, who will be hard-pressed to match up with the firepower Chicago brings to the table.
News: Justin Faulk (upper body) could possibly be back in the lineup Saturday vs. the Bruins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Justin Faulk was apparently close to returning to action Thursday vs. the Sabres, but he ultimately didn't take part in pregame warmups after joining the team for their morning session. Faulk has missed the last five games with the upper-body ailment.
News: Tuomo Ruutu (personal) will play Friday vs. the Panthers, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ruoto's wife, Emilia, gave birth to the couple's second child Thursday morning, with the proud father joining the team later on in the day following the exciting news. With Tuomo Ruutu back in the fold, coach Pete DeBoer will trot out the same lineup he used Tuesday for Friday's game.
News: Brooks Laich (groin) skated on his own prior to the Capitals' morning skate Friday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Such activity would seemingly indicate that Brooks Laich won't play Friday vs. the Canucks, but coach Adam Oates hasn't relayed official word on his status. It should be apparent closer to game time whether or not Laich will be available.
News: Fedor Tyutin (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Friday. Analysis: While the move seems to suggest that Fedor Tyutin will be in lineup Saturday vs. the Wild, it wouldn't seem entirely clear-cut, as coach Todd Richards said after practice that Tyutin would be a game-time decision. However, if Tyutin makes it through morning skate Saturday without any noted limitations, fantasy owners should activate him with the assumption he'll suit up.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will take the net Saturday vs. the Wild, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky took a tough shootout loss Thursday to the Sharks, but coach Todd Richards won't hesitate to stick with his No. 1 goalie for their trip to Minnesota. Bobrovsky's overall numbers remain middle-of-the-pack as far as fantasy goalies go, but he's been playing at a level closer to his Vezina form since returning from the Olympics. He's 5-2-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .921 save percentage since that time.