News: Stephen Weiss (groin) is out indefinitely, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Yet another setback befalls the struggling center, as even when healthy, Stephen Weiss has not played particularly well. He will miss at least a week with the injury and probably more.
News: John Erskine (knee) is hoping to return soon, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: The blueliner hasn't been in the lineup since October 26, but is hoping to be back as early as next week. He didn't practice Wednesday, but keep an eye on him, since it would seem he's close to getting back on the ice with his teammates for some conditioning. John Erskine has one assist in seven games this season.
News: Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal in a month Tuesday but Detroit fell to Florida 3-2 in a shootout. Analysis: The goal snapped an eight-game scoreless streak for Todd Bertuzzi. He has 10 points in 26 games, which is about what the Wings could've expected from the 38-year-old winger.
News: Johan Franzen assisted on both goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to Florida on Tuesday. Analysis: Johan Franzen has been on an absolute year over the last month, scoring at least a point in 11 of his last 14 games. He has seven goals and 10 assists in that span and is a must-start at this point.
News: Marian Gaborik (knee) will not play Thursday against the Rangers, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Marian Gaborik has been sidelined with a knee sprain since November 17, and despite beginning to skate on his own earlier this week, he won't be able to suit up against his former team Thursday. The speedy winger has registered five goals and six assists in 17 games this season.
News: Mark Giordano had an assist in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Boston. Analysis: Mark Giordano is scoring at a point-a-game clip this season and has been a fantasy force when healthy.
News: Derick Brassard (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Derick Brassard took a shot off the right skate Tuesday night against the Predators, so it seems likely that his absence was a result of that, although we don't know for sure. The center has five goals and nine assists in 32 games to date.
News: Sven Baertschi assisted on the Flames' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday. Analysis: Sven Baertschi has been a little more consistent as of late, avoiding the healthy scratch and tallying two points in his last three games. While he's not yet the world-beater he's been expected to be, keep in mind he's still only 21 and has a lot of good years ahead of him.
News: Ryane Clowe (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ryane Clowe was able to work out off the ice Wednesday, and is expected to practice Thursday. He's probably just trying to get back into shape, so he should be good to go once he gets his legs back under him.
News: Matt Greene (upper body) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports. Analysis: Matt Greene was activated off IR on Tuesday, but it appears that he's not yet ready to return to the lineup. He'll likely need a couple practices to get back into shape, but should return soon.