News: Jordin Tootoo has a bone bruise on his left foot, and has been placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 21, and is considered day-to-day. Analysis: His foot isn't broken, which is good news, but he will need to sit out until Oct. 28 after being placed on injured reserve.
News: Alexander Steen (illness) played more than 21 minutes and picked up an assist Thursday in a loss to the Canucks. He was minus-2 and took four shots. Analysis: The flu that had been bothering Alexander Steen for a couple of days didn't seem to limit him on Thursday. He should be safe to count on going forward.
News: Sam Gagner was held off the scoresheet and was minus-2 Thursday in a loss to Minnesota. He put one shot on net in 17:34 of ice time. Analysis: Sam Gagner has yet to register a point with the Coyotes. His track record suggests that the points will come soon, but he could soon endanger his playing time if his slump continues
News: Jake Muzzin logged over 20 minutes of ice time in his return to the lineup Thursday. Analysis: Jake Muzzin didn't factor into the scoring in a 2-0 win over the Sabres but was able to log some pretty heavy minutes in his first game back. He could see some extra time on the team's second power play until Slava Voynov's situation is resolved.
News: Marco Scandella had three shots on goal and was a plus-two in Thursday's win over Phoenix. Analysis: Marco Scandella doesn't have a point this season but he's played solid defense as he's plus-five and has seven blocked shots. Sandella's value isn't in scoring points, but it looks like he's set for another strong year in plus/minus rating and other defensive stats.
News: Jay Harrison was a healthy scratch for Thursday's loss to the Flames, sitting in favor of John-Michael Liles who was returning to the lineup following a bout of upper-body soreness. Analysis: This is not a surprising move, as Liles gives the struggling Canes a bit of an offensive boost from the back end. With Liles' return, the team now has a full contingent of eight healthy defensemen, making it difficult to predict when Jay Harrison will be inserted back into the lineup. For fantasy purposes, go with another viable alternative if you have one.
News: Coach Patrick Roy confirmed Semyon Varlamov (groin) as the Avs' starter Friday against the Canucks. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov will officially be activated from injured reserve prior to Friday's game, with Calvin Pickard likely heading back to AHL Lake Erie in a corresponding move. The goalie missed only three games due to the groin injury and should man the net for the entirety of Friday's game, barring an early scoring barrage by the Canucks.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday that Corey Crawford (upper body) could begin skating in the next day or two, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports. Analysis: The Blackhawks continue to view Corey Crawford's upper-body injury as short-term concern, with the team only ruling him out for their next two games thus far. With Crawford unavailable Thursday, Antti Raanta will make the start against the Predators. Raanta or call-up Scott Darling would then be called upon to man the net in the final game of the Blackhawks' road trip, which will take place Saturday in St. Louis.
News: Jonas Hiller has been confirmed as Thursday's starter in goal for the Flames' tilt with the Hurricanes, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley will continue to deploy his pattern of alternating starts between his two goalies, as Jonas Hiller gets the nod after resting Tuesday against the Lightning. The Flames are expected to turn the net back over to Karri Ramo on Saturday, when the Capitals will come to town.
News: Jhonas Enroth will be in the crease Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: After backup Michal Neuvirth received the nod in Thursday's loss to the Ducks, Jhonas Enroth will return to the net against a tough Kings squad on the road. Enroth may need to hold the opposition to one or fewer goals to give the Sabres any chance at salvaging a point Thursday.