News: Frederik Andersen will be in the net Thursday against the Canucks. Analysis: After winning his first six starts of the season, Frederik Andersen now sits on the other side of the spectrum with a six-game losing streak heading into Thursday's match. During that time, Andersen has managed just a .887 save percentage and was removed from the game early on two occasions, making him difficult for fantasy owners to trust at this time.
News: Jay Harrison (lower body) will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: Now healthy after a three-game absence, Jay Harrison will replace John-Michael Liles in the Hurricanes' lineup. Harrison has three points and a minus-2 rating over 13 games this season.
News: Alexander Semin will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: It's the second time this month that Alexander Semin has been a healthy scratch, as coach Bill Peters appears to be growing frustrated with his lack of production. Semin has no goals and five points over 14 games and has seen his average ice time drop over three minutes from a season earlier.
News: Van Riemsdyk underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his broken kneecap, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Analysis: The blueliner is expected to make a full recovery in three-to-four months. He supplied one point in 18 games prior to succumbing to the injury.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the net Thursday against the Avalanche. Analysis: Braden Holtby enters Thursday's game with wins in three of his last four contests, during which he's surrendered a total of six goals. He'll try to keep rolling against an Avs attack that ranks 27th in the NHL with 2.4 goals per game.
News: Friday's game between the Sabres and Rangers, where Jhonas Enroth had been expected to start, has been postponed. Analysis: First and foremost, we certainly sympathize with those in danger during one of the nastiest snowstorms the Buffalo area has ever seen. It's also created a major challenge with local sporting events, and the Sabres were lucky to sneak in their Wednesday victory over the Sharks before a sparse crowd. Those playing daily lineups Friday will now only have three games to choose from instead of four.
News: Eddie Lack is set to man the crease Thursday against the Ducks. Analysis: Eddie Lack's few starting nods have been mostly limited to back-to-back scenarios, and that will remain the case here, after Ryan Miller held off the Oilers for a 5-4 win Wednesday night. The backup netminder has been spotty while seeing infrequent use this season, entering play Thursday with a 1-3 record, 3.40 GAA and .896 save percentage.
News: Andrew Shaw has an upper-body injury and will miss Thursday's game against the Flames, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Andrew Shaw's absence comes as a surprise after he was able to practice a day earlier, seemingly reporting no injury complications. Coach Joel Quenneville wasn't able to shed much light on the exact nature of Shaw's injury or when it was sustained, but did say that it was "not serious." He should be labeled as questionable in advance of the Blackhawks' next game Saturday night in Edmonton.
News: Patrick Sharp (leg) is close to resuming skating and could join the Blackhawks on their road trip, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: If Patrick Sharp does end up joining the team, it would likely be for the practice purposes, as coach Joel Quenneville indicated that it's "doubtful" the forward plays in a game before the Blackhawks return to Chicago on Nov. 29. Sharp still seems on track to be ready to go at some point in early December.
News: Coach Ted Nolan indicated that the Sabres expected Michal Neuvirth to miss days rather than weeks due to the lower-body injury he suffered Tuesday night against the Sharks. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth has been ruled out for both of the Sabres' games over the weekend, but it's possible Friday's home contest will be postponed in any case due to the ongoing snow emergency in the Buffalo area. At any rate, having Neuvirth miss only a few contests would amount to great news for the Sabres, as it was feared the goalie may have sustained a long-term injury when he suffered an apparent groin tweak in Tuesday's win. Jhonas Enroth will serve as the top netminder for the Sabres in the interim, but unless he plays exceedingly well, Neuvirth figures to remain option 1A for the team once he returns to full health.