News: Ben Scrivens will be in the crease Saturday against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Ben Scrivens still appears to be coach Dallas Eakins' preferred option in goal, but that's probably only because Viktor Fasth (3.38 GAA, .891 save percentage) hasn't done much to warrant more usage. Even so, Scrivens carries a seven-game losing streak into Saturday's contest, and while he hasn't been poor in all of the outings during that stretch, it's still tough to put a positive spin on his performance. He'll at least have the advantage Saturday of matching up against Antti Raanta, as the Blackhawks save No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford for their game Sunday.
News: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is in line for the start Saturday against the Stars, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Don't expect confirmation on Jonathan Quick starting to come until pregame warmups, but the Kings would have little incentive to shy away from using their No. 1 netminder. He's backstopped the team to three consecutive wins, stopping 93.1 percent of his shot attempts during that span.
News: Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) believes he's close to resume skating with the team. Analysis: Ryan McDonagh skated on his own Saturday morning and plans to do the same Sunday before the Rangers decide his next move. The blueliner said on Wednesday that he's targeting a return in about two weeks, which would put him on track to be activated at some time in early December.
News: Henrik Lundqvist will make the start in goal Sunday versus the Canadiens, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist's last start in Montreal won't retrigger many happy memories; he was pulled early in the Rangers' Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals after surrendering four goals on 19 shots. At any rate, a world-class netminder like Lundqvist probably won't be mentally affected by his previous struggles in a given venue, nor his poor showing his last time out against the Lightning. He should continue to gradually trim down his 2.68 GAA as the season progresses, though that improvement might not necessarily begin Sunday.
News: Kris Russell (lower body) took part in Saturday's morning skate, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: It would seem to bode well for Kris Russell's chances of playing Saturday against the Devils, but the Flames could take precaution after he hadn't been practicing the past few days. Russell has been one of many productive members along the Flames' blue line, contributing eight points and 56 blocked shots over 19 games.
News: Nikita Nikitin is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Saturday against the Blackhawks, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports. Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's poor play Friday night versus the Devils resulted in an early benching, with the blueliner finishing with just 13:59 of total ice time in the 2-0 loss. Look for Keith Aulie to replace him in Saturday's lineup.
News: Adam Burish was placed on waivers by the Sharks on Saturday, Ren Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Adam Burish's dismissal likely signals that the Sharks are just about ready to welcome Mike Brown (hand) back from injured reserve. Once Burish clears waivers, he's expected to be assigned to AHL Worcester, where he'll serve as organizational fourth-line depth.
News: Stephen Weiss (groin) is expected to return from his conditioning assignment at AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Stephen Weiss suited up for Grand Rapids on Friday night and will do so again Saturday before the Red Wings recall him. Once he's back with the team, Weiss figures to be a healthy scratch most nights, but with an upcoming schedule that's chock-full of short breaks in between games, he figures to make an appearance in the near future.
News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) could possibly rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Brooks Laich's return from injured reserve has hit numerous bumps in the road, but after the forward was able to work out with the team during the past two morning skates, coach Barry Trotz seems to have expressed more optimism about his possible return. The health-challenged Laich has played in just 66 of a possible 150 games (44 percent) over the last two and a quarter seasons.
News: Tom Gilbert will likely be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Bruins, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: It appears that the acquisition of Bryan Allen from the Ducks on Thursday will squeeze Tom Gilbert out of the lineup, as he skated as an extra with Nathan Beaulieu at the team's morning skate. Gilbert has shown more offensive upside in the past than Allen, but that production hasn't seemed to translate in his first season in Montreal. He's mustered just three points to accompany his plus-7 rating over 21 games.