News: Thomas Greiss is expected to make the start in goal Thursday against the Red Wings, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: With Mike Johnston pledging last week that he'd give Thomas Greiss a start at some point during the Penguins' road swing, Thursday would sound like an ideal opportunity for the backup to see action, with the team playing the second game of a back-to-back set. If Greiss indeed plays Thursday, it would mark the Penguins debut for the netminder, who was inked to a one-year contract in the offseason after posting a 10-8-5 record, 2.29 GAA and .920 save percentage with the Coyotes in 2013-14.
News: Radko Gudas (lower body) could be on track to return to the Bolts' lineup Friday against the Jets, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Radko Gudas was skating as part of a regular pair with Jason Garrison at Thursday's practice, a strong sign that coach Jon Cooper believes he'll be available for the team's next game. Tampa Bay placed Gudas on injured reserve Tuesday, but because his retroactive date of Oct. 13 is more than seven days ago, he'll be eligible to play immediately upon his activation.
News: John-Michael Liles (upper-body soreness) is slated for a return to action Thursday against the Flames. Analysis: Coach Bill Peters acknowledged after the Hurricanes' morning session that Brett Bellemore and Jay Harrison would be scratched on defense Thursday night, paving the way for John-Michael Liles' return to the lineup. Liles has one point and four shot attempts through three games, during which he's averaged 18:40 of ice time.
News: The Sharks will scratch John Scott in Thursday's game against Columbus, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. Analysis: John Scott has barely seen any ice time this season even when he is playing, with a season high of 6:36. Scott's ability to contribute to your fantasy team is minimal, so this shouldn't effect too many rosters. There are better options out there in most categories than Scott.
News: Jonas Hiller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start in goal Thursday versus the Hurricanes. Analysis: After taking losses in his first two outings of the season, Jonas Hiller has stopped 83 of 85 shot attempts over his last two turns, recording the win on each occasion. Unfortunately for him, teammate Karri Ramo has enjoyed similar success in his four outings, preventing Hiller from gaining much separation in their battle for netminding duties. Regardless, Hiller makes for an excellent play Thursday against a Carolina squad that ranks 28th in goals per game and 29th in shots per game.
News: Chris Tierney will be a scratch for the second straight game Thursday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. Analysis: Chris Tierney played some good hockey so far, but he's young and the return of James Sheppard may crowd him out of the lineup and see him returning to the AHL to get more ice time.
News: Mirco Mueller will again be a scratch for the Sharks on Thursday as they take on the Blue Jackets, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Analysis: That means Mirco Mueller will have been a scratch in three of the team's first eight games. Many have speculated that this means that Mueller will be headed to the WHL soon to get more ice time, but Kurz reports that coach Todd McLellan says that Mueller is "not going anywhere."
News: Cam Ward will be back in the net Thursday against the Flames. Analysis: After Anton Khudobin played respectably in the Hurricanes' last two games against the Rangers and Jets, Cam Ward may need a strong showing of his own Thursday to ensure that a timeshare remains in place. Ward, who hasn't played since Oct. 14, was terrible in his first two turns of the season, posting a horrendous .846 save percentage in losses to the Islanders and Sabres.
News: Devin Setoguchi didn't take part in Thursday's morning skate due to an illness, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: Devin Setoguchi would likely be a healthy scratch anyway Thursday, so the illness gives the Flames further reason to send him to the press box.
News: Ryan Miller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Thursday against the Blues, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: As expected, Ryan Miller will get the nod against his former squad, with the Blues countering with Jake Allen in the net. Miller is 3-1-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .884 save percentage in four outings with Vancouver this season.