News: VandeChris Vande Velde was returned to AHL Adirondack on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Zac Rinaldo due to return in the Flyers' next game Saturday, the team had no need to keep VandeChris Vande Velde with the parent club any longer. He appeared in just one game during his brief stay with the Flyers, logging 3:53 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
News: Petr Nedved officially announced his retirement from hockey Friday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: The 42-year-old has played the last seven seasons in Europe after a 15-year NHL career with the Canucks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers. He was among the most prized fantasy assets back in the day, with his 99-point campaign with the Penguins in 1995-96 amounting to his greatest NHL season.
News: Magnus Paajarvi has an upper-body injury and will not be available Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Magnus Paajarvi left practice early after suffering the injury in Thursday's game against Edmonton. Coach Ken Hitchcock will let him rest for a game before reevaluating where Paajarvi is at in his recovery. Brenden Morrow enters the lineup Saturday.
News: Ryan Miller will be back in the crease Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller quickly rebounded from his first loss with the Blues earlier this week with a decisive victory over the Oilers on Thursday. With a far better supporting cast flanking him in St. Louis than in Buffalo, Miller should be treated as an elite fantasy option at goalie for the rest of the season.
News: Viktor Fasth is expected to start Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Coach Dallas Eakins hasn't announced a starter for Friday's game, but given that Ben Scrivens started a night earlier, Viktor Fasth figures to draw into the crease to relieve him. Fasth won in his Oilers debut Tuesday vs. the Wild, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
News: Ondrej Pavelec left Friday's game against the Rangers with a lower-body injury, TSN's Sara Orlesky reports. Analysis: After allowing a pair of first-period goals, Ondrej Pavelec was replaced by Al Montoya for the start of the second period. At first, it looked like Pavelec may have been pulled for performance reasons, but the injury was announced shortly thereafter.
News: Dennis Wideman is out for Friday's game against the Stars. Analysis: Dennis Wideman may be facing a long-term absence, so his Friday status comes as no surprise. With the Flames out of contention, it wouldn't be shocking if we don't see Wideman again this season.
News: Jiri Hudler (upper body) is out for Friday's game against the Stars. Analysis: Jiri Hudler is expected to return over the weekend or early next week but won't make it back for Friday's game.
News: Jonathan Bernier's lower-body injury is not believed to be serious, and a Maple Leafs spokesman said there will be no official update released on the goaltender's status, CBC Sports reports. Analysis: With minimal information available, Jonathan Bernier can be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals. If he can't go, James Reimer will presumably get the nod.
News: John Mitchell signed a three-year extension with the Avalanche on Friday, the team's official website reports. Analysis: John Mitchell's new contract runs through the 2016-17 campaign and will prevent him from hitting free agency after this season. Never a huge scorer, he's emerged as an important piece for the Avs, despite tallying just 23 points (seven goals) through 65 games this season.