News: Ryan Malone (hip) hopes to play in the Rangers' final two preseason games, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: Ryan Malone returned to practice Wednesday, and with Friday being the team's next game, will work towards being ready for that day. He is battling several other candidates for a few forward spots, and will likely need to impress over the final two preseason games to earn a spot.
News: Eric Fehr has been skating with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the team's top line, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: With Alex Ovechkin moving back to left wing, Eric Fehr seems the likely candidate to take the job given the need for Troy Brouwer to shoulder the face-off burden on the second line and Joel Ward likely tied to Jason Chimera to form a talented third line. The job appears to be Fehr's to lose at the moment. Given his low ADP, Fehr is worth a late flier or speculative waiver pickup in all formats.
News: Head coach Barry Trotz said Mike Green (upper body) would miss the Capitals' next two preseason games but hopes to have him in the lineup for the season opener, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: Mike Green (upper body) hasn't practiced since the weekend and given the Calgary native's injury history, Trotz can't be blamed for being cautious with any minor injury having to do with the talented puck-moving defenseman.
News: Andre Burakovsky skated on the Capitals' second line between Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer during Wednesday's practice, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: The Capitals have apparently narrowed down the job of second-line center to Burakovksy and Evgeny Kuznetsov, with Kuznetsov the current favorite to win the job. Andre Burakovsky has had an impressive summer with the Capitals at various camps, and although he will be given another look for the job, the smart money would be on him being sent to the minors to get a full season of experience playing center with AHL Hershey. Still, this situation bears watching over the Capitals' final preseason games set to continue with Wednesday's match in Buffalo.
News: Nate Prosser was placed on waivers by the Blues on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Nate Prosser played in 53 games with the Wild in 2013-14, tallying two goals and six assists with the club while racking up 58 penalty minutes. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues in the offseason, but appears to have lost the seventh defenseman spot to Jordan Leopold.
News: Coach Barry Trotz said Marcus Johansson would move from center to wing this season, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: It appears Trotz has settled on talented rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov as his second-line center, resulting in the position change for Marcus Johansson, who lost out on the job battle.
News: Jeff Skinner saw 17:14 worth of ice time in Monday's 3-1 preseason loss to the Blues, skating primarily on a line with Elias Lindholm and Riley Nash. Analysis: Jeff Skinner, who has battled concussions on numerous occasions in the past, played close to a full season last year and comes into this season fully healthy. He will be a top-six player for the Canes this year and will look to improve on last season's 54-point effort - his highest total since his rookie season (63 points in 2010-11). He makes for a fine mid- to late-round selection in most standard fantasy formats.
News: Ladislav Smid (mouth) returned to full practice Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: Ladislav Smid had been recovering from a tooth infection over the past few days, but it appears he's no longer facing any limitations. He'll provide the Flames with his usual brand of toughness on the back end this season.
News: Sena Acolatse was waived by the Flames on Wednesday, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports. Analysis: He's expected to clear waivers and report to AHL Adirondack. Sena Acolatse, 24, notched 17 points over 41 with the Sharks' AHL affiliate (Worcester) in 2013-14.
News: Peter Mueller was placed on waivers by the Blues on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Peter Mueller played last season in Switzerland, but signed with the Blues on a one-year, two-way deal in the offseason. The 26-year-old has failed to crack the roster, and if he passes through waivers unclaimed, he should be assigned to AHL Chicago.