News: Brandon Dubinsky (abdomen) is not expected to be ready to play in either of the Blue Jackets' games over the weekend, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Brandon Dubinsky first returned to the ice Monday following a recent setback in his recovery from abdominal surgery, so he'll still need several more practices to get back up to full speed. The Blue Jackets have dealt with a number of lengthy absences due to injury this season, but few have been more significant than Dubinsky's. While not an elite scorer, Dubinsky is sound in just about every phase of the game and will represent a welcome addition to Columbus' top-six once he's healthy.
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock announced after Wednesday's practice that Brian Elliott is considered week-to-week with a suspected knee sprain, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Though Brian Elliott will miss multiple games as a result of the injury sustained Tuesday night, he appears to have avoided a more serious issue, as the Blues determined surgery won't be necessary. Still, the week-to-week timetable will make it tough to pin down an expected return date for the netminder. Jake Allen is expected to carry the load for the Blues as the No. 1 netminder and should make for an upper-tier fantasy option in the interim now that he won't have to share duties with Elliott.
News: Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves on 37 shots in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton. Analysis: That's three straight wins for Kari Lehtonen now, and if he gave up four goals in one of them, well, at least he faced 41 shots in that game. All in all, he's showing good signs of getting his game on track after a disappointing start to the season.
News: Viktor Fasth allowed three goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Dallas. Analysis: A pair of Tyler Seguin goals in the second period ended up giving the Stars enough cushion to beat Edmonton, and Viktor Fasth can hardly be faulted for being Seguin's latest victim. Nonetheless, he's now taken losses in three straight starts and six out of eight on the season.
News: John Klingberg extended his goal streak to three games and his point streak to five in Tuesday's win over Edmonton, going plus-3 with his third marker of the year and an assist. Analysis: John Klingberg's achieved near-instant stardom in his first taste of the NHL, having started with three scoreless contests before exploding for eight points over the last five games.
News: Tyler Seguin scored a pair of goals on five shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's win over Edmonton. Analysis: Uh oh, he's starting another one of those super-hot streaks now. That's five goals, an assist and a plus-7 rating for Tyler Seguin over the last four games.
News: Jacob Trouba picked up a pair of assists on Evander Kane power-play goals -- the second an empty-netter -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus. Analysis: It's not exactly front-page news, but Jacob Trouba does have three points over the last three games after totaling just three over his first 20 contests of the year. He's had a little bit of bad puck luck, but remains superbly talented and is skating major minutes -- 24:11 on Tuesday -- for the Jets.
News: Karri Ramo will be in the crease Wednesday against the Sharks, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley announced prior to last weekend that Karri Ramo would be on track to start Wednesday, since Jonas Hiller started the first game of the team's back-to-back set Tuesday versus Anaheim. Ramo's performance has dipped since Hartley named Hiller the team's No. 1 starter, as his GAA (2.88 GAA) and save percentage (.898) for the season sit decisively below the league average.
News: Calvin Pickard will be between the pipes Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Calvin Pickard has been sensational in relief of the struggling Reto Berra for the Avs' previous two games, leading the team to comeback wins over the Hurricanes and Coyotes while saving 42-of-42 shots. Coach Patrick Roy will reward him with the start Wednesday for his efforts, just the second of his brief NHL career. Pickard isn't expected to continue to perform nearly this well, but he could have a chance at leapfrogging Berra for primary backup duties once Semyon Varlamov returns from a groin injury.
News: Troy Grosenick is dealing with an undisclosed injury and isn't expected to be available for Wednesday's game against the Flames, Brodie Brazil of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: Troy Grosenick's injury was likely sustained at some point during practice over the last few days, as he had been cleared to serve as the Sharks' backup for each of the team's previous two games. With Alex Stalock (knee) still on injured reserve, San Jose will have to find an emergency option to slot in behind starting goalie Antti Niemi for Wednesday's game.