News: Matt Bartkowski saw 18:40 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski, who checks in with six assists in 14 games to date, has often been the odd man out on the B's blue line, due to the team's depth at the position. With Johnny Boychuk out indefinitely though, the improving Bartkowski -- who has displayed solid mobility of late -- figures to remain in the team's lineup for the time being.
News: Torey Krug (undisclosed injury) saw 19:58 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Torey Krug went into the game officially a game-time decision, but he looked unimpeded Thursday, playing 2:17 on the power and recording three shots on goal, while looking just as energetic and dangerous with the puck as he has typically of late.
News: Ryan Garbutt (lower body) is expected to play Saturday against the Flyers, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: After Ryan Garbutt was able to make it through Friday's practice without incident, coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that the forward would be in the lineup Saturday barring a last-minute setback. He'll assume a fourth-line role for the Stars alongside Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel.
News: The Stars have ruled out Trevor Daley (ankle) for multiple weeks following Friday's MRI, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Just as the team feared, Trevor Daley will likely head to injured reserve, joining fellow defenseman Stephane Robidas. Lengthy absences for two of the Stars' better blueliners could make life extremely difficult for goalie Kari Lehtonen in the games to come.
News: Evander Kane (lower body) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Lightning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Evander Kane showed a step in the right direction by skating at Friday's practice, but coach Claude Noel is going to give him a little more practice time after nearly a week away from the ice. Look for him to have his eye on returning Tuesday vs. the Blues.
News: Coach Bruce Boudreau indicated that Francois Beauchemin was just on the Ducks' road trip to "get in shape" with the team, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: There had been a sliver of hope that Francois Beauchemin might play this weekend after it was announced he would travel earlier in the week. Instead, he'll start increasing his involvement in practice with an eye on returning from injured reserve perhaps at some point next week.
News: J.T. Miller was recalled from AHL Hartford on Friday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Analysis: J.T. Miller will give the Rangers an extra forward option while Derek Dorsett continues to nurse a wrist injury. The former 2011 first-round pick probably won't see anything more than fourth-line duty during his stay.
News: Phil Kessel (undisclosed) will play Saturday despite not practising Friday, reports the Toronto Star. Coach Randy Carlyle indicated that, "Phil's got various aches and pains," but characterized the snipers absence Friday as a "maintenance day." Analysis: There are rumors he's dealing with a right wrist injury, but nothing has been confirmed. "We're not worried about today's practice as much as we're worried about tomorrow night's game," continued Carlyle. Keep Phil Kessel rolling until he actually misses game time.
News: Alexander Edler is out indefinitely with what is now being reported as a knee injury, Team 1040 reports. Analysis: GM Mike Gillis can't predict the timeframe for Alexander Edler's return, but we should get some closure in the coming days. It may be time to cut ties with Edler in shallower formats. He has big time fantasy potential, but hasn't got it done this season, posting only nine points and a minus-12 rating in 27 games.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) was a participant in practice Thursday but will still sit out Friday's game against the Devils, Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Coach Mike Babcock hasn't officially ruled out Pavel Datsyuk for when the Red Wings return home Saturday to face the Panthers, but that seems to be a likely outcome after GM Ken Holland indicated as much earlier this week. For at least Friday's game, the Red Wings will be extremely compromised at center with Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm all out with injuries.