News: Steve Mason will be in the net Friday against the Rangers, Dave Isaac of the South Jersey Courier-Post reports. Analysis: It's the fourth straight starting nod for Steve Mason, who will be looking to rebound from a brutal turn his last time out against the Red Wings on Wednesday that resulted in him being pulled after allowing three goals on only 14 shots. Coach Craig Berube expected to go with Ray Emery on Saturday, when the Flyers and Rangers will get together in New York for the second game of their back-to-back set.
News: Ryan Miller is lined up to start Friday against the Blue Jackets, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller has generally been racking up wins on the strength of his impressive offense this season, but he's been airtight in goal over his last two turns. After limiting the Blackhawks to one goal on 25 shots Sunday, the netminder spun his second shutout of the season in his last start Tuesday against the Devils. He'll make for a superb option against a Columbus squad that looks like one of the weakest outfits in the Eastern Conference.
News: Jake Allen will be between the pipes Friday against the Oilers, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Analysis: Jake Allen will get a relatively easy inauguration into what could be a long-term stint as the Blues' No. 1 goaltender, as he'll be facing an Edmonton squad that went to overtime Thursday night before dropping its eighth straight game. The Blues are calling Brian Elliott (knee) week-to-week for now, which should guarantee Allen a steady stream of starts.
News: Brent Seabrook has a six-game point streak going into Friday's game against the Ducks. Analysis: Brent Seabrook has two goals and four assists in the six games and has accumulated five goals and eight assists in 22 games this season. He has two goals and six assists in 35 games against the Ducks in his career. Seabrook could have his best season in his 10-year career if he continues on this stretch. His best season came in 2010-11 where he collected nine goals and 39 assists where he played in every game.
News: Jon Merrill (arm) still hasn't been medically cleared to resume playing, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: What was expected to be a two-game absence for Jon Merrill has morphed into nearly a month-long one, with no sign of when he might be ready to play. The Devils likely won't be able to provide a good estimate for his timetable until he resumes skating with the team and taking full contact.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the crease Friday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury will have strong odds of celebrating his 30th birthday with a win, as the Hurricanes enter Pittsburgh will losses in six of their last seven games. The Flower has seen his save percentage take a hit over his recent outings, but the collection of offensive stars in front of him will continue to make him a heavy favorite to win most nights.
News: Cam Ward will make the start in goal Friday versus the Penguins. Analysis: It's the fifth straight start for Cam Ward, but that streak figures to come an end Saturday, when the Hurricanes are expected to turn to Anton Khudobin for the second half of their back-to-back. Though Ward has suffered losses in five of his last six outings, he's only sported a save percentage below .900 in two of those turns. That should be good enough to give him a decent level of job security over Khudobin.
News: Chris Kelly (upper body), who practiced again Thursday, has a chance to rejoin the Bruins' lineup Friday against the Jets, the team's official site report. Analysis: Per coach Claude Julien, if the Bruins trainers give the veteran forward the green light, there is "a good chance" that Chris Kelly -- who has two goals and eight points in 21 games to date -- will return to the Boston lineup Friday night.
News: Curtis McKenzie was recalled from AHL Texas on Friday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Colton Sceviour came down with an illness and missed Friday's morning skate, and with Ryan Garbutt suspended for the next two games, the Stars had no extra forwards to turn to. As a result, Curtis McKenzie will join the Stars to provide them with an insurance option in the event Sceviour can't play later in the evening against the Wild. McKenzie would likely skate on the third line if he enters the lineup.
News: Colton Sceviour missed Friday's morning skate with an illness and is uncertain to play against the Wild, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Since the Stars had no extra forwards available to play, Curtis McKenzie was recalled from AHL Texas in the event Colton Sceviour can't play Friday. The team will reassess his condition in the afternoon before deciding whether or not to rule him out of the contest.