News: Dan Boyle collected his first point of the season with a first-period power-play goal in Wednesday's loss to the Lightning. Analysis: Dan Boyle has yet to get going after a broken hand cost him entire month of action, but Thursday's goal could spark his production. Though he's long past his peak at 38 years old, Boyle's presence on a top power-play unit ripe with talent should allow him to finish the season as an above-average source of offense from the blue line.
News: T.J. Brodie assisted on both of the Flames' goals in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Sharks. Analysis: There hasn't been a more dynamic defensive pairing so far this season than Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie, who have combined for an incredible 44 points over the Flames' 24 games. That level of production probably won't be sustained over the course of the full season, but it's clear that both blueliners are premier talents at their positions. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 to 50 points could be a realistic benchmark for Brodie.
News: Adam Lowry has been suspended one game for boarding the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta in Wednesday's match. Analysis: As a rookie, Adam Lowry doesn't have any track record for malicious hits, so the league office went relatively light on him for the first-time violation. Lowry collected 15 penalty minutes for his transgressions Wednesday night, doubling his PIM total from the previous 23 games combined. He'll be eligible to return to action Dec. 3 against the Oilers.
News: Corban Knight was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Thursday, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports. Analysis: Corban Knight was assigned to Adirondack just a day earlier, but it sounds like he never left the team. The Flames were simply waiting for Devin Setoguchi to clear waivers, and since that situation is now resolved, Knight will take his spot back on the 23-man roster.
News: Ryan Garbutt was suspended two games for kneeing the Oilers' Taylor Hall in Tuesday's match, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: As he is often wont to do, Ryan Garbutt was pestering the Edmonton star throughout the game but went a little overboard with eight minutes remaining in the third period, clipping Hall with his knee and earning a two-minute minor for tripping. The banishment will keep him out of action until the Stars' Dec. 2 game against the Maple Leafs.
News: Craig Anderson will be in the crease Friday against the Panthers. Analysis: Craig Anderson has watched Robin Lehner assume the bulk of the starting duties for the Senators over the last couple of weeks, and didn't do much to help his cause by allowing four goals to the Red Wings in his last time out Monday. Perhaps receiving the starting nod against his former squad -- and an offensively-challenged one, at that -- will be exactly what he needs to win back the Ottawa net.
News: Henrik Lundqvist will be in the crease Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Coach Alain Vigneault will save Henrik Lundqvist for the home half of the Rangers' back-to-back set with the Flyers, as backup Cam Talbot gets the call for Friday's match in Philadelphia. Lundqvist has yet to find much consistency over the first two months, as he's tied for the league lead with four shutouts yet finds himself with a rather middling 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage for the season.
News: Cam Talbot will get the start in goal Friday against the Flyers. Analysis: It's the first game of a back-to-back set between the Rangers and Flyers, with coach Alain Vigneault already declaring that Henrik Lundqvist would start the second match Saturday. Cam Talbot hasn't seen much action behind Lundqvist this season, but was stellar his last time out Nov. 19, which was also against Philadelphia. He stopped all 31 shots he faced to claim his fourth career shutout.
News: Zack Kassian has been ruled out for two-to-three weeks due to a finger injury, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: Zack Kassian will be forced to miss at least the next seven games with the Canucks, since he didn't join the team in Columbus for the start of their road trip. The finger injury appears to have stemmed from a slash he took during Tuesday's win over the Devils, and will more than likely result in his second trip to injured reserve of the season. The Canucks could choose to call up a forward from the minors in order to give them some more depth during the road swing.
News: Dan Hamhuis (lower body) will not join the Canucks on their seven-game road trip beginning Friday. Analysis: The fact that Dan Hamhuis isn't traveling with the team illustrates that he's dealing with something more significant than a day-to-day concern. The Canucks might not provide a clearer timeline for his return until he's able to resume skating again.