News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and went plus-1 in Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher is enjoying life since his move to the top line -- that's the place to be for a Canadien forward. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last eight games.
News: Erik Gudbranson (illness) should be able to play in Saturday's game against the Islanders, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: The Panthers sent fellow defenseman Shane O'Brien back to AHL San Antonio, indicating that Erik Gudbranson will miss just the one game.
News: Shane O'Brien was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Shane O'Brien was with the Panthers for just one day, and his return to San Antonio indicates that Erik Gudbranson (illness) should be fine for Saturday's game against the Islanders.
News: Sami Vatanen (lower body) will travel to Canada for Monday's game in Vancouver and Wednesday's game in Calgary, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports. Analysis: The news is a bit surprising, as Sami Vatanen isn't expected back until late March. It may be that he actually has a shot to return within the next week, but it's also quite possible that he's just traveling with the team to work with trainers or stay mentally prepared.
News: Matt Beleskey (shoulder) will travel to Canada for Monday's game in Vancouver and Wednesday's game in Calgary, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports. Analysis: It thus seems that Matt Beleskey has a shot to return during the upcoming three-game road trip, which concludes a bit south of the border with next Friday's game in Minnesota. He won't play in this Friday's game against the Penguins but can be considered day-to-day thereafter.
News: David Jones (lower body) will not play Friday against the Red Wings, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: David Jones suffered the lower-body injury in Thursday's win over the Bruins and didn't make enough progress overnight to ensure his availability for Friday's game. He's being listed as day-to-day, with Michael Ferland set to enter the lineup in his stead.
News: Iiro Pakarinen (knee) wasn't a participant in Friday's morning skate and is expected to miss the game later in the evening against the Blackhawks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Analysis: Iiro Pakarinen's knee injury is believed to be minor, but he'll be forced to sit out a second straight game while he recovers. Matt Fraser is once again slated to take over Pakarinen's spot in the lineup.
News: Eric Nystrom (lower body) is expected to be out for the next four weeks, Mike Organ of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Eric Nystrom was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Devils, and he's now in danger of missing the rest of the regular season. It would seem his best-case scenario is a return for the final few games in order to prepare for the playoffs.
News: Ben Scrivens will be in the crease for Friday's game against the Blackhawks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Analysis: Ben Scrivens has been on the losing end of four of his last five starts, but that's not any kind of newsworthy development during a season in which he's gone 12-21-7 with a 2.97 GAA. The goalie's putrid numbers are unlikely to improve with the Oilers in tank mode for the rest of the season, making him an ill-advised play just about any time he takes the net. Scrivens is certainly worth avoiding against a powerful Blackhawks squad.
News: Coach Jon Cooper indicated that Matt Carle (abdominal surgery) may be cleared to return to the lineup at some point during the Bolts' two-game road trip kicks off Tuesday in Montreal, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Analysis: If Matt Carle indeed returns during the trip, Cooper suggested the second game in Boston on Thursday would represent the most realistic target for getting back in the lineup. The blueliner resumed taking full-contact practice a few days ago and seems to be making decent progress.