News: Shawn Horcoff was ruled out for Friday's game after he was struck by a puck during Thursday's practice, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: It's unclear where on his body Shawn Horcoff was struck, but it sounds like he's dealing with too much soreness to suit up Friday. Horcoff will be out for at least one game, with Chris Mueller slotting in as the fourth-line center in his stead.
News: Cody Eakin (lower body) will not play Friday vs. the Flames, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: No surprise here after Cody Eakin was declared doubtful a day earlier. The newly-recalled Travis Morin will take his place in the lineup Friday.
News: Colby Robak was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: The Panthers don't have any extra defensemen on hand with Erik Gudbranson out with a knee injury, so Colby Robak will join the team to provide some added depth. He'll more than likely be bound for the press box most nights.
News: James Neal (undisclosed) missed his second straight practice, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: It was suspected that James Neal's failure to practice Thursday was for maintenance purposes more than anything, but his absence Friday suggests the team could be concealing an injury. Fantasy owners should prepare as if he'll play Saturday vs. the Flyers, but it wouldn't be surprise if he was announced as a scratch prior to pregame warmups.
News: Evgeni Nabokov will receive the start Friday vs. the Sharks. Analysis: Evgeni Nabokov will benefit from facing off against perhaps a fatigued, road-weary Sharks squad that beat the Blue Jackets in a shootout Thursday, but it's still difficult to trust him to deliver a quality outing. He's surrendered at least three goals in six straight starts.
News: Jaroslav Halak will start Friday vs. the Canucks. Analysis: As anticipated, Jaroslav Halak will attempt to even his record with the Capitals at 2-2 as he takes on a floundering Canucks squad.
News: Derek Morris was back in the lineup for Phoenix on Thursday playing 19:15 in a 2-1 loss to Boston. He was minus-1 on the night. Analysis: Derek Morris had sat out the previous two games in favor of Brandon Gormley. No explanation or word of an injury has been provided for his absence, so it's fair to assume that coach Dave Tippett simply was not happy with Morris' play. Wait to see if he draws in again for Saturday's game against Calgary.
News: Shane Doan had an assist on the Coyotes' lone goal Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Shane Doan is playing some of his best hockey as the Coyotes push for a playoff berth - he has six points in eight games since the Olympic break. With 38 points in 54 games, Doan is having a strong bounce-back season after posting just 27 points in 48 games last year.
News: Michael Bournival (concussion) was wearing a full-contact jersey at Friday's practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Passing through full-contact work could be the final hurdle Michael Bournival needs to clear before returning from injured reserve. While his activation might not come over the weekend, the young center seems on track to return next week if he endures no further setbacks in his recovery. He's missed the last nine games due to the concussion.
News: Friday's recall of Nathan Lawson suggests the Senators don't feel Craig Anderson will be available for Saturday's game vs. the Canadiens. Analysis: The exact nature of Craig Anderson's injury remains something of a mystery, but he apparently needs some additional recovery time. Fantasy owners need not panic about a lengthy absence yet, but if Anderson remains sidelined through next week, it may make sense to grab understudy Robin Lehner if he's still available on waivers.