News: Coach Dave Tippett said Martin Hanzal (lower body) could resume skating Friday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal didn't make the trip with the Coyotes to Minnesota for Thursday's game, but the team seems to believe the forward is only in line for a short-term absence. While Hanzal's injury might not clear up in time for him to play Saturday against the Panthers, there's a good possibility he'll be back in action at some point next week.
News: Alex Killorn (shoulder) isn't expected to play Friday against the Jets, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Alex Killorn acknowledged that his previously undisclosed injury occurred when he banged his shoulder and head on the boards Monday. While he wasn't diagnosed with any concussion symptoms and was able to get in a light skate Thursday, the Bolts seem inclined to give him a few more days off to aid his recovery.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will draw the start Thursday against the Sharks. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky was set to receive the night off in the Jackets' last game against the Senators over the weekend, but he ended up being pressed into action after Curtis McElhinney was removed in the second period with a concussion. Thanks to a four-day break in the Jackets' schedule, Bobrovsky looks to be well-rested in advance of Thursday's tilt. He'll be opposed in the net by the Sharks' Antti Niemi.
News: Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) isn't expected to resume skating until early next week, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports. Analysis: Marian Gaborik hasn't played since Oct. 12 while dealing with the mystery injury, and it sounds like at the very least, the forward could miss an additional handful of games. While getting on the ice would mark a positive step for Gaborik, coach Darryl Sutter wasn't willing to speculate if the forward would be available for the Kings' five-game road trip that runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4. Fantasy owners likely drafted Gaborik with the knowledge that his shaky health would make him a huge risk, but it wasn't believed that he'd miss this much action so early in the campaign.
News: Thomas Greiss is expected to make the start in goal Thursday against the Red Wings, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: With Mike Johnston pledging last week that he'd give Thomas Greiss a start at some point during the Penguins' road swing, Thursday would sound like an ideal opportunity for the backup to see action, with the team playing the second game of a back-to-back set. If Greiss indeed plays Thursday, it would mark the Penguins debut for the netminder, who was inked to a one-year contract in the offseason after posting a 10-8-5 record, 2.29 GAA and .920 save percentage with the Coyotes in 2013-14.
News: Radko Gudas (lower body) could be on track to return to the Bolts' lineup Friday against the Jets, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Radko Gudas was skating as part of a regular pair with Jason Garrison at Thursday's practice, a strong sign that coach Jon Cooper believes he'll be available for the team's next game. Tampa Bay placed Gudas on injured reserve Tuesday, but because his retroactive date of Oct. 13 is more than seven days ago, he'll be eligible to play immediately upon his activation.
News: John-Michael Liles (upper-body soreness) is slated for a return to action Thursday against the Flames. Analysis: Coach Bill Peters acknowledged after the Hurricanes' morning session that Brett Bellemore and Jay Harrison would be scratched on defense Thursday night, paving the way for John-Michael Liles' return to the lineup. Liles has one point and four shot attempts through three games, during which he's averaged 18:40 of ice time.
News: The Sharks will scratch John Scott in Thursday's game against Columbus, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. Analysis: John Scott has barely seen any ice time this season even when he is playing, with a season high of 6:36. Scott's ability to contribute to your fantasy team is minimal, so this shouldn't effect too many rosters. There are better options out there in most categories than Scott.
News: Jonas Hiller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start in goal Thursday versus the Hurricanes. Analysis: After taking losses in his first two outings of the season, Jonas Hiller has stopped 83 of 85 shot attempts over his last two turns, recording the win on each occasion. Unfortunately for him, teammate Karri Ramo has enjoyed similar success in his four outings, preventing Hiller from gaining much separation in their battle for netminding duties. Regardless, Hiller makes for an excellent play Thursday against a Carolina squad that ranks 28th in goals per game and 29th in shots per game.
News: Chris Tierney will be a scratch for the second straight game Thursday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. Analysis: Chris Tierney played some good hockey so far, but he's young and the return of James Sheppard may crowd him out of the lineup and see him returning to the AHL to get more ice time.