News: VandeChris Vande Velde was returned to AHL Adirondack on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Zac Rinaldo due to return in the Flyers' next game Saturday, the team had no need to keep VandeChris Vande Velde with the parent club any longer. He appeared in just one game during his brief stay with the Flyers, logging 3:53 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
News: Petr Nedved officially announced his retirement from hockey Friday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: The 42-year-old has played the last seven seasons in Europe after a 15-year NHL career with the Canucks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers. He was among the most prized fantasy assets back in the day, with his 99-point campaign with the Penguins in 1995-96 amounting to his greatest NHL season.
News: Magnus Paajarvi has an upper-body injury and will not be available Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Magnus Paajarvi left practice early after suffering the injury in Thursday's game against Edmonton. Coach Ken Hitchcock will let him rest for a game before reevaluating where Paajarvi is at in his recovery. Brenden Morrow enters the lineup Saturday.
News: Ryan Miller will be back in the crease Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller quickly rebounded from his first loss with the Blues earlier this week with a decisive victory over the Oilers on Thursday. With a far better supporting cast flanking him in St. Louis than in Buffalo, Miller should be treated as an elite fantasy option at goalie for the rest of the season.
News: Viktor Fasth is expected to start Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Coach Dallas Eakins hasn't announced a starter for Friday's game, but given that Ben Scrivens started a night earlier, Viktor Fasth figures to draw into the crease to relieve him. Fasth won in his Oilers debut Tuesday vs. the Wild, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
News: Alexander Sulzer, who left Thursday's game against the Hurricanes with a a head injury, will miss at least a week, The Buffalo News reports. Analysis: The team hasn't said anything yet, but knowing it's at least a week for Alexander Sulzer's estimate, the worry is that it's a concussion or concussion-like symptoms. The defenseman just came back from an unrelated industry, so it's been a rough spell for him lately. The team might need to recall Chad Ruhwedel to provide blue line depth in Sulzer's absence.
News: Brooks Laich (groin) will play in Friday's game against the Canucks, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Brooks Laich has been in and out of the lineup recently, missing two of the past four games, including Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Penguins. He's not a safe bet beyond Friday but will at least be available against the Canucks.
News: Sam Gagner (ankle) won't play Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Sam Gagner came into Thursday's game vs. the Blues nursing the ankle injury, so it's unclear if he aggravated the injury during the contest or if coach Dallas Eakins simply didn't want him playing back-to-back nights. Whatever the case may be, we should know before Sunday's game against the Hurricanes whether or not Gagner will be available. Anton Lander takes his place as the second-line center Friday night.
News: Mark Fraser (groin) will not play Friday. Analysis: Mark Fraser came away with a goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues, but also seems to have sustained an injury during the course of action. He'll be replaced by Philip Larsen on defense Friday.
News: Raffi Torres (general soreness) will not play Friday vs. the Islanders, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: Though Raffi Torres will miss his third straight game, coach Todd McLellan said he expected the forward to make his return to the lineup Sunday vs. the Rangers. Tyler Kennedy will fill in for Torres on Friday.