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: Niklas Svedberg led the Bruins on the ice for pregame warmups and will make the start Friday against the Devils. Analysis: The Bruins officially ruled Tuukka Rask out for Friday's game due to an illness, so Niklas Svedberg will step in for his first outing since Feb. 10 against the Stars. That start didn't go too smoothly, as he was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots in the game's first 20 minutes. Still, with the Devils' 28th-ranked scoring attack now without Jaromir Jagr, who was traded to Florida on Thursday, Svedberg should make for a dependable streaming option in leagues with daily roster moves.
News: Matt Calvert (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Blue Jackets on Friday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Matt Calvert was ruled out indefinitely earlier Friday, so it comes as no surprise the Flames placed him on IR, opening up a spot on the roster to recall Brian Gibbons. He will be eligible to return March 5, but it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready at that time.
News: Mark Giordano (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups and could enter the lineup Friday against the Islanders, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: This is quite the development, as the Flames had ruled Mark Giordano out for the evening just hours earlier. Apparently, Giordano felt healthy enough during his off-ice workout to campaign for his entry into the lineup, but coach Bob Hartley and the team's medical staff will assess his condition during warmups before rendering a verdict in his decision. Given that Giordano has been the top producing fantasy blueliner this season, his owners will surely want to keep tabs of his situation leading up to the puck drop.