News: Nick Bjugstad posted a minus-2 with one shot on goal in Thursday night's 3-0 loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Nick Bjugstad started February on fire with seven points in his first nine games of the month including a stretch with four goals in five games. However, the past five games have not been as kind to the 22-year-old. Bjugstad has only taken 11 shots on goal and has posted a minus-7 plus/minus, dragging his plus/minus for the season to minus-9. He still leads the team in points (36) and goals (21), but will need to regain his scoring form for the already light-scoring Panthers.
News: Jonas Gustavsson will start Saturday's game in Nashville, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: It's a bit surprising to see Jonas Gustavsson get the nod, as Detroit won't play again until Wednesday's game against the Rangers. The matchup is as tough as they come, with Nashville currently leading the race for the President's Trophy.
News: Bobby Ryan assisted on the game's lone goal in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Kings. Analysis: Bobby Ryan is working on a modest three-game point streak, which are starting to become ordinary for him in his second season in Ottawa. The Sens' leading scorer with 45 points, Ryan has been especially productive since the All-Star break. He's accumulated three goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) will skate on his own Saturday morning, and the Blue Jackets will then make a decision on their starter for Saturday's game against the Devils, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The team will not skate until 5 PM, but Sergei Bobrovsky is going to work out on his own in the morning. If he doesn't make it back for Saturday's game, Bobrovsky could still start Sunday's contest in Pittsburgh.
News: Craig Smith netted his 20th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Craig Smith is on track to fall short of last year's career-high total of 52 points, but he's at least in the midst of his hottest run of production of the season. He's accumulated six goals and two assists in his last seven games, making him a trendy waiver wire addition in recent days.
News: Brian Elliott will start Saturday's game in Edmonton, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Brian Elliott starting Saturday night, there's a good chance Jake Allen will get the nod for Sunday's game in Vancouver. However, the Blues have yet to name a starter for that game. First, Elliott will try to make the most of a favorable matchup, facing an Edmonton team with just 46 points this season.
News: Nate Thompson (lower body) remains day-to-day, but he will not play in Friday's game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Chris Wagner will center the Ducks' fourth line, working in between Tim Jackman and Patrick Maroon.
News: Christian Thomas was sent to AHL Hamilton on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Christian Thomas was recalled from the AHL in late January, and has played in 18 contests with the Canadiens this season, notching his first career NHL goal Feb. 13 against the Oilers. He will head back to the minors for now and await another chance to return.
News: Scott Darling will get the start in net Friday against Tampa Bay, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Friday will mark Scott Darling's ninth NHL start this season. He has a tough matchup on Friday, as Tampa Bay leads the league in average goals scored per game. Darling has been excellent for Chicago this year, going 6-2-0 with a 1.96 GAA and a .938 save percentage through eight games with the Hawks this season. Despite the poor matchup, Darling remains a solid fantasy play on Friday.
News: Scott Gomez (illness) will play Friday against the Bruins on Friday, Tom Glitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Scott Gomez indicated he believed the illness was either food poisoning or a minor bout with the flu, but it will not prevent him from taking the ice Friday. He should be fine to place in lineups moving forward.