News: The Wild assigned Brett Sutter to AHL Iowa on Thursday, Michael Russ of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Brett Sutter appeared in two games with the Wild after being recalled earlier this week, but he will head back to Iowa with Matt Cooke (hip) and/or Ryan Carter (shoulder) set to return for Minnesota's next game Saturday.
News: Zdeno Chara recorded an assist in 24:13 worth of ice time in Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: Zdeno Chara, who has two helpers in four games since returning from a knee injury, continues to shake off the rust, but as long as he can avoid further injury setbacks, the big blueliner is destined to continue to log heavy minutes for the Bruins in all situations.
News: The Wild assigned John Curry to AHL Iowa on Thursday, Michael Russ of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: John Curry was called up just a day earlier with both Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom under the weather, but his assignment is a sign that both of the Wild's regular goaltenders will be good to go moving forward.
News: The Predators activated Viktor Stalberg (knee) from injured reserve Thursday and placed him on waivers. Analysis: Viktor Stalberg is set to resume playing after recovering from a knee injury, but the Predators don't have a roster spot for him at this time, so they are hoping to pass him through waivers and assign him to AHL Milwaukee in order to get in some game action.
News: David Krejci (groin) saw 18:22 worth of ice time in his return to action in Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: David Krejci, who had last suited up Nov. 18, worked on a line with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith on Wednesday. Assuming the playmaking center is able to avoid aggravating the injury that caused him to miss the B's previous 11 games, respectable production on offense should be on tap for Krejci, who led the team in scoring last season with 69 points in 80 games.
News: The Senators have agreed to loan Curtis Lazar to Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship. Analysis: The tournament runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, so Curtis Lazar figures to leave the team sometime in the next few days and return to Ottawa either after the tournament concludes, or Team Canada is eliminated.
News: Christian Folin was a healthy scratch in Thursday's loss to Boston. Analysis: Despite three points in his last five games, Christian Folin may not see consistent ice time when several defeseman out will illnesses return as he still need to work on his defense.
News: Stu Bickel was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's loss to Boston. Analysis: Stu Bickel has been relegated to the bench even while several Wild defensemen were sick. He may be sent to the AHL when the sick players return.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury (illness) will start Thursday's game against the Avalanche, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury appeared to be facing some sort of absence after coming down with an illness Wednesday, but tests revealed he is not dealing with the mumps virus, and it turns out his illness should not cost him any action at all. Fleury will take on a Colorado team that has won just one of its last six games entering Thursday's contest.
News: Sidney Crosby (illness) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Avalanche. Analysis: Sidney Crosby was able to participate in Thursday's morning skate, but the Penguins won't make a final call on his status for Thursday's contest until just before game time. Be sure to check for another update on Crosby's status before the first puck drops.