News: Cody Goloubef (leg) skated with full gear Thursday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Cody Goloubef has been skating for several days now and seemed to be optimistic about his progress, saying after Friday's session that he'd be back "sooner rather than later." Since Goloubef suffered the injury, the Blue Jackets have added Jordan Leopold and Kevin Connauton to their blue line corps, which may not offer room for the 24-year-old to earn back a regular spot in the Columbus lineup.
News: Mike Cammalleri didn't participate during Friday's morning skate and could be nursing an injury, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. "We're dealing with a few things that probably will be some game-time decisions," coach Pete DeBoer said after the skate. Analysis: DeBoer acknowledged that Mike Cammalleri's absence didn't necessarily indicate that he was injured, but the only other Devils skater that missed the morning session (Michael Ryder) said he was fine, which would seem to suggest Cammalleri might be concealing something. His status likely won't be known officially until pregame warmups, making the forward something of a risk in leagues with daily lineups.
News: Michael Bournival (shoulder) skated with his teammates at Friday's morning session. Analysis: Michael Bournival won't be a lineup consideration for Friday and perhaps the next several games, but he's shown tangible signs of progress in the last few days. He was able to get in some shooting a few days ago and may only need to take part in a full-contact practice or two before the Habs activate him from IR.
News: Patrick Sharp (leg) might not return by the expected Dec. 3 contest against the Blues, the Blackhawks Tweeter account reports. Analysis: Patrick Sharp could return for the Dec. 5 contest at home against Montreal. He had started practicing last week. It will be on the long end of the three-to-four week prognosis when he went down on November 4. Sharp has been durable in the past including skating in all 82 games last season. He has nine points in 13 games this season.
News: Erik Johnson (head) is likely set to play Saturday against the Stars, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avalanche sent down Karl Stollery to AHL Lake Erie on Friday, indicating the team has confidence that Erik Johnson will be able to take the ice for their next game. Johnson practiced fully Friday and reported no setbacks, so he should be on tap for his usual top-pairing duties against the Stars.
News: Semyon Varlamov (groin) reported significant improvement following Friday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov's participation in practice amounts to great news for the Avs, who have been forced to get by with the undesirable duo of Calvin Pickard and Reto Berra in goal over the last four games. It seems unlikely that Varlamov will be cleared to play in time for Saturday's game against the Stars, but there's a realistic chance that the goalie will return to the net Monday versus the Canadiens, assuming he continues to progress well.
News: John Mitchell (leg) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: John Mitchell was a full participant in Friday's practice and was given clearance to return following a three-game absence. The forward has three goals and five points in 16 games this season.
News: Brandon Gormley (lower body) still isn't practicing, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Brandon Gormley was only expected to miss about a week after he was placed on injured reserve Nov. 18, but the Coyotes have since downgraded his condition to "week-to-week." He won't have a more definitive return date until he resumes skating.
News: Jay Bouwmeester (lower body) has been ruled out for the Blues' games Friday and Saturday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: It was believed that Jay Bouwmeester hadn't been on the ice since suffering the lower-body injury last weekend, but he's actually skated on his own the past two days. Even so, he's not yet ready to face the rigors of a full game. He'll look to resume practicing Monday with the hope of receiving clearance to play next Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
News: Jonas Brodin (illness) said he would play Saturday against the Stars after taking part in the team's morning skate, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: The Wild will activate Jonas Brodin from IR after he missed the previous seven games while dealing with the mumps virus. The defenseman needed more than a week to recover from the illness, which resulted in severe fever and exhaustion. He's been skating since Wednesday and appears to be back at full strength, which should enable him to reclaim a top-four role on defense immediately upon returning.