News: Jason Akeson was waived by the Flyers on Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Analysis: Jason Akeson received the opportunity to compete for a top-six role with the Flyers in training camp, but was never able to gain much momentum in the job battle. Forced to settle for checking-line duties for most of the season, Akeson has predictably struggled to provide much offense, accumulating no points and seven shots on goal over 12 games. The Flyers will hope to sneak him back to AHL Lehigh Valley in an attempt to help him rediscover his scoring touch.
News: Devin Setoguchi cleared waivers Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Analysis: Devin Setoguchi will now have to decide if he wants to report to AHL Adirondack or pursue an opportunity with another organization. Corban Knight is expected to be recalled by the Flames from Adirondack now that Setoguchi's roster spot has been vacated.
News: Zack Kassian took a slash to the arm in Tuesday's win over the Devils and didn't travel with the team to Columbus in advance of Friday's game Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Friday's game will mark the start of a seven-game road trip for the Canucks, so the fact that Zack Kassian isn't traveling with the team wouldn't seem encouraging. It's possible he could rejoin the Canucks on the trip at some point if he's able to practice on his own back in Vancouver, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without his services for the next few games. The recent return to health by winger Alex Burrows lessens the Canucks' need to have Kassian available.
News: Carey Price will be in the crease Friday against the Sabres. Analysis: Carey Price will make the first turn for the Canadiens in a back-to-back set with the Sabres, but look for backup Dustin Tokarski to get the nod for the second game Saturday. Price will enter Friday's contest coming off his second shutout of the season, a dazzling 33-save effort to keep the rival Bruins off the board last Saturday.
News: Tyler Myers (undisclosed) is questionable to play Friday against the Canadiens, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: After he was a surprise scratch Wednesday with the injury, Tyler Myers was unable to practice Thursday morning. The team will reassess his condition following Friday's early skate before determining if he'll be fit to play. Andre Benoit would take Myers' spot in the lineup in the event he can't go.
News: Jhonas Enroth is considered likely to start Friday's game against the Canadiens, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: It would seem Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is just about ready to go since the Sabres sent Nathan Lieuwen back to the minors earlier this week, but Jhonas Enroth will make at least one more turn in the net. The Sabres and Canadiens will get together Saturday for the second game of a home-and-home, so it's possible that Neuvirth could return to action at that point. Though Neuvirth looked to have the stranglehold on the No. 1 job prior to suffering the injury, Enroth has made a strong case for further duty by stopping 86-of-90 shot attempts (.955 save percentage) over his last three appearances.
News: David Krejci (groin) didn't practice Thursday and will likely remain out again Friday versus the Jets, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Analysis: David Krejci has shown no signs of progressing from his suspected groin pull since his surprising scratch last week, and it appears he could be in danger of missing several more games. After Friday's home tilt, the Bruins will embark on a four-game road swing beginning Dec. 1, with GM Peter Chiarelli declaring it was "unclear" if Krejci would join the team for the trip, according to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa.
News: Bryan Bickell bagged his third goal of the season in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche. Analysis: The versatile Bryan Bickell has been used on a number of lines and has bounced on and off the team's power-play this season, but nothing has really allowed his production to take off. He's supplied eight points through 22 games and probably won't see many more opportunities in the Blackhawks' top-six forwards while Kris Versteeg continues to thrive.
News: Ryan O'Reilly netted his third goal of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Ryan O'Reilly has a point in back-to-back games, but he's still been largely invisible for most of November, accruing six points in 12 games. On top of his downturn in offense, O'Reilly is sitting on a minus-12 rating for the season, which has put a huge drag on his fantasy value to date.
News: Andrew Shaw (upper body) potted a power-play goal in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche. Analysis: Andrew Shaw returned to action after missing the previous three games and performed quite effectively, firing off five shots over 15:32 of action. He's still probably behind the pace to reach the numbers most were expecting from him this season, but his production could begin to take off now that he's healthy again.