News: Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots he faced to blank the Flyers on Friday. Analysis: That gives Cam Talbot back-to-back shutouts against the Flyers, who failed to get one by the netminder when the two teams met last week. Despite his extraordinary success against Philadelphia, coach Alain Vigneault will resist the temptation to go back to him in Saturday's rematch, as Henrik Lundqvist has already been announced as that game's starter. In any case, the back-to-back positive turns amount to a nice confidence boost for Talbot, who had mostly struggled in his other outings this season.
News: Frederik Andersen led the Ducks on to the ice and will make the start in goal Friday versus the Blackhawks. Analysis: Frederik Andersen has reeled off three straight wins on the heels of a five-game losing streak, but he'll face a stiff test at home against Chicago. Friday's game will mark the first of a back-to-back set for the Ducks, so it's possible coach Bruce Boudreau will turn to backup Jason LaBarbera on Saturday.
News: Jesse Blacker was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner was officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and ruled out of Friday's game against the Blackhawks, forcing the Ducks to bring up Jesse Blacker for his NHL debut. The 23-year-old, who is considered one of the organization's better blue line prospects, has four points in 14 games with Norfolk.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) has been officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and will not play Friday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Clayton Stoner practiced Thursday and seemed well on his way to returning to action, but apparently some late-emerging symptoms of the mumps will knock him out of action. The setback has to be concerning for the Ducks, who now might have to worry about further players potentially being infected by Stoner. Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin previously missed multiple games with the illness.
News: Mike Green (upper body) will not play Friday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jack Hillen will spell him in the Capitals' lineup for the second straight game. It hasn't been reported that Mike Green has resumed skating since suffering the injury, so it's not clear when he might rejoin the lineup.
News: Johnny Boychuk will miss Friday's game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk had been missing practices recently with a suspected knee issue, so the fact that he'll sit out Friday with an upper-body injury comes as a surprise. The blueliner, who has been highly productive since coming over in a trade with the Bruins late in training camp, will be considered day-to-day for the time being. Brian Strait takes his spot in the lineup Friday.
News: Chad Johnson will be in the crease Friday against the Capitals. Analysis: Chad Johnson will spell the red-hot Jaroslav Halak in goal, but only because the Islanders are playing the first game of a back-to-back set. The move from Boston to Long Island hasn't proven overly kind for Johnson, despite the 5-2 record he carries into Friday's contest. His 3.33 GAA and .876 save percentage rank 38th and 42nd, respectively, among the 42 qualifying goaltenders.
News: Kris Letang scored for the first time in nine games Friday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: The defenseman was in the right place at the right time, pushing home an open-net rebound past Cam Ward for his fourth goal of the year. Kris Letang now has five points (1G, 4A) in his last three games and continues to provide fantasy owners with the upper-echelon type production they enjoyed from him prior to a stroke.
News: Cam Ward stopped 20 of 22 shots en route to a 4-2 upset win over the Penguins on Friday. Analysis: The victory put an end to a three-game losing streak for both Cam Ward and the Canes, and brought Ward's record to 7-8-1 on the season. He should continue to see the majority of starts going forward over backup Anton Khudobin.
News: Justin Faulk added a pair of assists during Friday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Justin Faulk's offensive output now stands at 14 points in 22 games this season, putting him on pace for a career-high 50-point campaign. Faulk has been a real workhorse for the Canes this season, averaging roughly 24 minutes of ice time per game. He also shoots the puck a ton - his 63 shots on goal puts him in the top 10 in that category among NHL defensemen.