News: Michael Grabner netted his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Michael Grabner nearly came through with his first multi-goal game of the season, but an incredible stick save by Tuukka Rask robbed him of that distinction. Even so, the Austrian winger has been a strong complementary piece to the Isles' attack over his last five games, notching three goals and an assist.
News: Patrice Bergeron bagged a power-play goal and went minus-2 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Islanders. The center also won 14 of his 20 faceoffs. Analysis: The Bruins' lone All-Star ended a three-game pointless skid with the tally late in the first period. The minor slump shouldn't be anything to worry about; Patrice Bergeron remains in line to surpass the 50-point mark for a fifth consecutive full season.
News: Craig Anderson (hand) wasn't on the ice for Friday's practice, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: With Craig Anderson still recovering from the injury, coach Dave Cameron went ahead and confirmed Robin Lehner as Ottawa's starting goalie for Saturday's game against Arizona. The organization still seem to believe that Anderson's injury is minor, but he'll have to resume practicing before his return can be viewed as forthcoming.
News: Colby Robak cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to AHL Norfolk, Elliot Teaford of the Low Angeles News Group reports. Analysis: Colby Robak was placed on waivers in a precursor move to the Ducks activating Eric Brewer off injured reserve. The team traded for him in early December, sending Jesse Blacker and a conditional pick to the Panthers, but it appears the defenseman hasn't lived up to expectations (playing in just five games with the Ducks and posting one point). He will now head to the AHL and await another opportunity.
News: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall refuted coach Craig Berube's claims that Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) was set to return later in the season, suggesting a decision on the blueliner's status hasn't been made yet, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "Kimmo communicated with us: 'I'm coming back?' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Well, it's on TV," Hextall said. "Kimmo and myself don't know whether Kimmo is coming back." Analysis: While Berube never explicitly said Kimmo Timonen would return to action this season, his apparent optimism was enough for media outlets to take the leap and report as much. Hextall's refutation of the story doesn't indicate Timonen won't return this season; the Flyers are simply awaiting more information from doctors regarding the blueliner's test results. A more official announcement on Timonen's status should come before long.
News: Keith Yandle was credited with an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Keith Yandle's name has been tossed about in trade rumors with the Coyotes effectively waiving the white flag on 2014-15, but he's still been a decent point producer throughout the campaign. His downfall has been a plus/minus rating that now sits at minus-22 for the season, along with a career-worst 2.8 shooting percentage has dragged down his goal totals. If Yandle does indeed land elsewhere prior to the trade deadline, he would almost certainly notice a positive bump in those areas.
News: Michael Raffl (illness) did not practice Friday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: After missing contests on Tuesday and Thursday, Michael Raffl is uncertain for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. Given that he hasn't skated since at least Monday, Raffl appears no better than questionable.
News: Carey Price will start Saturday's game against the Capitals, NHL.com's Arpon Basu reports. Analysis: Following a brief absence due to an upper body injury, Carey Price has won each of his last three games while allowing just three goals over that stretch. He'll have a tough matchup Saturday, as the Capitals rank sixth in the NHL with 3.0 goals per game.
News: Clarke MacArthur collected an assist and attempted two shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Stars. Analysis: It's been mostly crickets for Clarke MacArthur the last two weeks. The assist gave him his first point in five games, and he's only attempted seven shots during that time. With 25 points and a minus-9 rating for the season, MacArthur looks like no better than a medium-sized option in fantasy leagues.
News: David Legwand will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: A healthy scratch the past two games, David Legwand will rejoin the lineup due to an injury to Alex Chiasson (undisclosed), who is considered day-to-day. Legwand has seven goals and 12 assists in 45 games this season, with four points in his last five appearances.