News: Thomas Greiss is being tested for the mumps. Analysis: Thomas Greiss' short-term status is in question until it is determined what type of ailment he is dealing with. He was in position to see added playing time with fellow goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury potentially dealing with the mumps, but an exam cleared Fleury of any mumps symptoms, and it is now Greiss who could be the one missing time due to the illness making its way around the league.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury (illness) has tested negative for the mumps and has been cleared to play in Thursday's game against the Avalanche. Analysis: The Penguins have not announced if Marc-Andre Fleury will start Thursday's game, but fellow goaltender Thomas Greiss is now being tested for the mumps as well, so it will likely be either Fleury or AHL call-up Jeff Zatkoff getting the nod Thursday night.
News: Sidney Crosby (illness) took the ice for Thursday's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The Penguins have not said whether or not Sidney Crosby will return to action Thursday after missing the last three games, but his presence at the team's morning skate gives him a chance to suit up Thursday night. The Penguins figure to update his status at some point prior to game time.
News: Michael Stone (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com and remains day-to-day. Analysis: Michael Stone left Tuesday's game against the Oilers early in the first period and should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings until he can return to practice.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) didn't practice Wednesday and remains day-to-day, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles until he returns to practice.
News: Updating previous reports, Jaden Schwartz has been placed on IR with a broken foot. He was injured blocking a shot in Tuesday's win over the Kings. Analysis: Jaden Schwartz finished Tuesday's game despite the injury and only learned about the break Wednesday. The timeline for how long he will be out is undetermined right now, but it will no doubt take a few weeks until his return, which is disappointing considering he is second on the Blues in goals and points.
News: Antoine Roussel potted an empty-net goal -- his seventh marker of the season -- in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Canucks. Analysis: The Stars' resident pest now has 16 points and 50 shots to go with his 62 PIMS, making him relevant in nearly all formats this season that count PIM. Antoine Roussel has four points in his last four games after being held off the scoresheet for the previous six, so owners may want to get him back in their lineups if they haven't done so already.
News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 27 shots in a 2-0 shutout win over the Canucks on Wednesday. It was his second shutout of the season. Analysis: The goose egg improves Kari Lehtonen's record to 12-7-5 on the year, although his numbers (2.97 GAA, .906 save percentage) are slightly worse than his career averages of 2.68 and .914. He's still one of the more talented goalies in the league and has a shot at becoming a top-10 fantasy netminder if the Stars can find a way to play well more consistently as the first half of the season winds down.
News: Eddie Lack turned aside 28 of 29 shots but came away the loser as the Stars blanked the Canucks 2-0 on Wednesday. The second goal was an empty netter. Analysis: Eddie Lack has been mediocre in relief of Ryan Miller this season, posting a 2-4-2 record with a 2.59 GAA and .916 GAA in 11 appearances. He was solid enough to deserve the win in this one, but the Stars' Kari Lehtonen's 27-save shutout thwarted all the Canucks' attempts at providing goal support for the Swede.
News: David Desharnais, who was dropped to the third line recently, has a goal and two assists in the last two games. Analysis: David Desharnais is adjusting to his new linemates, centering Brandon Prust and P.A. Parenteau for the time being. At some point, when Lars Eller returns from an upper-body injury, the lines may be tweaked again.