News: Anders Lee tallied his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Capitals. Analysis: Anders Lee gathered a rebound and put it past Caps goalie Braden Holtby to give the Isles a 1-0 lead in the first period. He would later earn seven penalty minutes later in the night in what amounted to a strong all-around performance for the young forward.
News: Although he's been ruled out for this weekend's games, Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery) looked strong on his skates during an optional team workout on Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: A return for Monday's game against the Panthers might also be optimistic, but it looks like Brandon Dubinsky will be able to get back in the lineup later next week. The reeling Jackets could certainly use him.
News: Eric Tangradi skated on the fourth line during Wednesday's practice, Hockey Inside Out reports. Analysis: Eric Tangradi, who was recently called up from Hamilton of the American Hockey League, practiced with Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise. Whether or not he's in the active lineup Friday night against Buffalo remains to be seen. Head coach Michel Therrien has been putting out lineups with seven defensemen lately.
News: Dustin Brown scored a goal and added an assist while firing four shots on goal and skating to a plus-2 in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Wild. Analysis: With the Kings having several scoring options up front, the veteran captain only has seven points in 23 games this year, but his 54 shots and 55 hits still give him relevance in many leagues.
News: Martin Jones turned aside all 26 shots in Wednesday's 4-0 road win over the Wild. Analysis: Making his second start in as many nights, the Kings' backup was solid when he needed to be, but ultimately cruised to victory after Los Angeles scored all their goals in the first period. Even though he got the nod in favour of workhorse Jonathan Quick in this one, we wouldn't read too much into a potential job battle in Hockeywood. It's likely coach Darryl Sutter wanted to give Quick some extra rest, especially against a Wild team that's normally formidable on home ice. Martin Jones is now 2-2-1 with a .938 save percentage and 1.68 GAA this year.
News: Cam Ward stopped 28 of 29 shots Wednesday, but received no offensive support in a shutout loss to Florida. Analysis: Tough break for Cam Ward, who did his best to try and earn just his second win in six games. While he was excellent Wednesday, Ward has still allowed three or more goals in three of his last four starts. The 30-year-old is now 6-8-1 this season with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage. Judging by his superb play against the Panthers, Ward will get back into the win column soon.
News: Darcy Kuemper is expected to start Wednesday's game against the Kings. Analysis: After going with backup Niklas Backstrom on Monday night, coach Mike Yeo will turn the net back over to Darcy Kuemper, who seems to have put his early-November swoon behind him. Since being pulled from a Nov. 13 outing against the Sabres after allowing goals on the first two shots he faced, he's won in three of his four appearances, yielding only five goals during that time.
News: Matt Cooke (hip flexor) has begun skating without full gear this week, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Matt Cooke has missed the last 12 games with the ailment and appears set to sit out several more contests, since he'll some time to make up for the lost conditioning work. Nonetheless, the Wild seem to be encouraged that he's at least back on the ice after he had failed to make much progress with his recovery over the last couple weeks.
News: Alex Tanguay (fractured jaw) is considered likely to play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Alex Tanguay appeared set to play Tuesday night in Arizona, but the Avs ended up scratching him after he was still suffering from blurred vision during the team's morning skate. This latest report would seem to indicate that Tanguay's being held out Tuesday was a precautionary measure, so assuming that he's now experiencing some improvement, it looks promising that he'll suit up. The veteran forward is tied with Matt Duchene for the team lead with seven goals on the season.
News: David Booth (foot) has been activated from injured reserve in advance of Wednesday's game against the Penguins, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports. Analysis: David Booth will make his Leafs debut Wednesday after the broken foot cost him nearly eight weeks of action. He figures to slot in among the Leafs' bottom-six forwards this season, which won't allow him to gain much traction in fantasy circles.