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: Brian Gibbons was recalled from AHL Springfield, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Brian Gibbons was sent to AHL Springfield in mid-February, but will return to the club following the placement of Matt Calvert (concussion) on injured reserve. Through 21 games with Columbus this season, the forward has five assists and a plus-two rating in 14:09 of ice time.
News: Though coach Jon Cooper labeled Victor Hedman (undisclosed) as a game-time decision for Friday's tilt with the Blackhawks, it's expected that the blueliner will play, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Victor Hedman was a full participant in the Bolts' morning skate, so his fantasy owners can probably feel comfortable inserting him into their lineup. His availability will officially be confirmed when pregame warmups commence a half hour prior to the 6:30 ET puck drop.
News: Ales Hemsky (undisclosed) will play Friday against the Avalanche, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Considered probable heading into Friday, Ales Hemsky's availability for the game was confirmed after he completed the morning skate without any setbacks on the injury front. He'll skate on the top line with Erik Cole and Jason Spezza during the game.