News: Paul Stastny (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny suffered the injury Oct. 18 against the Coyotes and hasn't returned to action since. He appeared to be on track for Thursday's contest, but was ruled out in a game-time decision and now will miss Saturday as well.
News: Van Riemsdyk went to the locker room earlier in the game, but returned for the third period, Jonas Siegel of TSN.CA reports. Analysis: Luckily for fantasy owners, Van Riemsdyk seems to be fine.
News: Corey Tropp left Friday's game due to illness and will not return. Analysis: The seriousness of Corey Tropp's illness is unknown at this point in time. The team should update his status in the coming days.
News: Kyle Quincey left Friday's game with a lower body injury and will not return, Chris McCosky of DetroitNews.com reports. Analysis: The severity of Kyle Quincey's injury is unknown at this point in time. His status may be in question for the team's next game. The team should shed some light on Quincey's status in the coming days.
News: Mark Fistric is day to day with a lower back injury, Helene Elliot of the LA Times reports. Analysis: Mark Fistric went back to Anaheim on Friday. The injury isn't believed to be serious. Josh Manson will make his NHL debut in Fistric's absence.
News: Jaroslav Halak is expected to start Saturday for the Islanders, according to Newsday. Analysis: So far this season Jaroslav Halak is not making anyone forget about last year when the Islanders might've had better luck by putting a garbage can in net. In six games this season Halak has a GAA of 3.51 and save percentage of .889, not the kind of numbers the Isles were paying for when they signed him to a four-year contract this past off-season. Lucky for him that Chad Johnson hasn't done much better.
News: Patrick Maroon will play Friday against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Patrick Maroon seemed more likely to be slated for a Sunday return against the Avalanche, but appears to be on track for Friday's game. He has cut his initial timetable of four weeks in half by making his return to the ice for the first time since he sprained his MCL on Oct. 14.
News: Ben Scrivens will start Saturday versus the Canucks, according to the Oilers web site. Analysis: Viktor Fasth has recovered from his groin injury and is once again ready to play but Edmonton will stick with Ben Scrivens who has played better of late after a rough start to the season.
News: The Oilers are encouraging Nail Yakupov to shoot the puck more often, according to the Oilers web site. Analysis: In the 10 games Nail Yakupov has played so far this season he only has 16 shots. The Oilers want him to start to think about shooting first and passing second. Yakupov has a good and accurate shot, something Edmonton wants to see Yakupov use about a half dozen times per game.
News: Brandon Pirri (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Brandon Pirri was already ruled out for Saturday's game because of the concussion, but now will miss at least a week as a result. The Panthers called up Rocco Grimaldi and Vincent Trochek to replace Pirri and Dave Bolland (groin) on the roster while they are on IR.