News: Patrik Berglund (lower body) was back skating on the ice Friday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: He skated for about 10 or 15 minutes before calling it a day. With coach Ken Hitchcock declaring after Thursday's game that Patrik Berglund was fine despite leaving in the third period, it would seem likely that he'll be available for Saturday's contest vs. Nashville.
News: Joe Pavelski had an assist and four shots through 21:49 in Thursday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: Joe Pavelski has been on a tear, even if it's been a series of multi-point nights followed by doughnuts. He's got five goals and seven assists in the last eight games.
News: Carl Gunnarsson tallied the game-tying goal in an eventual 3-2 win over the Kings on Thursday. Analysis: It was just Carl Gunnarsson's second goal in 67 games on the season. He provides fantasy owners with most of his value on the defensive end, where he's compiled 142 hits and 156 blocks.
News: Dion Phaneuf's first-period power-play goal against the Kings on Thursday helped key a three-score comeback by the Leafs, who ended Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak. Analysis: He's delivered points in three of his last four games. In his only scoreless game during that span, Tuesday's loss to the Sharks, Dion Phaneuf still managed to pile up 16 penalty minutes to prop up his fantasy value.
News: Alex Pietrangelo scored a goal in Thursday's win over the Oilers. Analysis: Alex Pietrangelo has produced goals in back-to-back games, finishing a combined plus-3 during that time. The 24-year-old isn't especially physical with only 17 hits on the season, but few blueliners are capable of making as much of an impact offensively.
News: Antti Niemi will be in the crease Friday vs. the Islanders, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi will put his three-game winning streak on the line against an Islanders squad that has looked especially lost on the defensive end of late. With Niemi on his game at the moment and his own offense playing well, it would be a surprise if he took a loss Friday.
News: Hiller will be in the crease Friday vs. the Avalanche, Jonas Hiller of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Jonas Hiller had a night to forget Wednesday vs. the Flames, allowing goals on three of the five shots he faced before coach Bruce Boudreau decided he'd seen enough. The goalie's 14-game winning streak back in January is starting to look like a distant memory, as he's now dropped eight of his 11 decisions since that time.
News: Chris Kunitz (leg) was back on the ice for practice Friday and will be a game-time decision Saturday against Philadelphia, the Penguins' website reports. Analysis: Unless he suffers a setback, Chris Kunitz should be good to go against the Flyers. The left winger has 59 points in 65 games, but has only five points (all goals) in his last 14 contests. The Pens will need his production more than ever with James Neal (concussion) out.
News: Daniel Paille (concussion) took part in Friday's optional practice, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports. Analysis: Daniel Paille hasn't experienced any recurring symptoms while sitting out the Bruins' last two games and could be back in the lineup Saturday vs. Carolina. Coach Claude Julien probably won't pass along official word on his status until Saturday morning.
News: Roberto Luongo will be between the pipes Friday vs. the Devils. Analysis: In a game that is sure to be watched by many solemn-faced Canucks fans, it will be a battle of two former Vancouver goalies, with Cory Schneider manning the net opposite Roberto Luongo. Schneider has better ratios on the season than his ex-teammate, but Luongo has still enjoyed his best campaign in two years. He carries a tidy 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage into Friday's contest.