News: Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots he faced to blank the Flyers on Friday. Analysis: That gives Cam Talbot back-to-back shutouts against the Flyers, who failed to get one by the netminder when the two teams met last week. Despite his extraordinary success against Philadelphia, coach Alain Vigneault will resist the temptation to go back to him in Saturday's rematch, as Henrik Lundqvist has already been announced as that game's starter. In any case, the back-to-back positive turns amount to a nice confidence boost for Talbot, who had mostly struggled in his other outings this season.
News: Frederik Andersen led the Ducks on to the ice and will make the start in goal Friday versus the Blackhawks. Analysis: Frederik Andersen has reeled off three straight wins on the heels of a five-game losing streak, but he'll face a stiff test at home against Chicago. Friday's game will mark the first of a back-to-back set for the Ducks, so it's possible coach Bruce Boudreau will turn to backup Jason LaBarbera on Saturday.
News: Jesse Blacker was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner was officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and ruled out of Friday's game against the Blackhawks, forcing the Ducks to bring up Jesse Blacker for his NHL debut. The 23-year-old, who is considered one of the organization's better blue line prospects, has four points in 14 games with Norfolk.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) has been officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and will not play Friday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner practiced Thursday and seemed well on his way to returning to action, but apparently some late-emerging symptoms of the mumps will knock him out of action. The setback has to be concerning for the Ducks, who now might have to worry about further players potentially being infected by Stoner. Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin previously missed multiple games with the illness.
News: Mike Green (upper body) will not play Friday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jack Hillen will spell him in the Capitals' lineup for the second straight game. It hasn't been reported that Mike Green has resumed skating since suffering the injury, so it's not clear when he might rejoin the lineup.
News: Johnny Boychuk will miss Friday's game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk had been missing practices recently with a suspected knee issue, so the fact that he'll sit out Friday with an upper-body injury comes as a surprise. The blueliner, who has been highly productive since coming over in a trade with the Bruins late in training camp, will be considered day-to-day for the time being. Brian Strait takes his spot in the lineup Friday.
News: Chad Johnson will be in the crease Friday against the Capitals. Analysis: Chad Johnson will spell the red-hot Jaroslav Halak in goal, but only because the Islanders are playing the first game of a back-to-back set. The move from Boston to Long Island hasn't proven overly kind for Johnson, despite the 5-2 record he carries into Friday's contest. His 3.33 GAA and .876 save percentage rank 38th and 42nd, respectively, among the 42 qualifying goaltenders.
News: Kari Lehtonen, as reported earlier, was expected to start Friday's game against the Wild, and will do so, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen led the team onto the ice for pregame warm ups, and will get the start in net on Friday. Lehtonen is riding a three-game winning streak into Friday's contest, however, his 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage leave him ranked below average among No. 1 goalies.
News: Corey Crawford turned away 23 of 24 shots in Friday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: Corey Crawford is now 5-1-0 in his last six games, never allowing more than three goals in any of those starts. He has an impressive .928 save percentage and 1.92 GAA on the season, ranking him among the top goalies in the NHL. Given his superior play and the talent of the team in front of him, Crawford needs to be in your lineup whenever he gets the call in the Hawks' crease.
News: Justin Schultz returned to the lineup for the Oilers on Friday, according to the Edmonton Journal. Analysis: Justin Schultz has been struggling mightily for most of the season and was a healthy scratch Thursday versus Nashville. Schultz has never been the player most thought he could be since coming to Edmonton which could lead one to ask, is that the players fault, or the organizations?