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: The Penguins are expected to play Brian Gibbons on the team's No. 2 line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen while James Neal recovers from a concussion. Analysis: Brian Gibbons, who recently missed time with a lower-body injury, has just one assist and one shot on goal in his last six games. For the season, the speedy little forward has four goals and 10 points in 24 contests.
News: Dustin Brown missed Friday's practice with an illness, Elliott Teaford of InsideSocal.com reports. Analysis: The Kings will assess Dustin Brown's condition at morning skate before determining his status for Saturday's game vs. the Ducks. The 29-year-old previously missed a game in December with the illness.
News: Jonathan Quick (illness) missed Friday's practice, Elliott Teaford of InsideSocal.com reports. Analysis: The illness puts Jonathan Quick's availability in question for Saturday's game vs. the Ducks. If Quick's condition does not improve overnight, coach Darryl Sutter could turn to backup Martin Jones for the start.
News: Paul Stastny (back) will miss his third straight game Friday when the Avalanche host the suddenly slumping Ducks - losers of their last four - at Pepsi Center, 9NEWS Sports Denver reports. Analysis: The Avs could be in tough without their veteran center against Anaheim, who will be out for blood after suffering an embarrassing 7-2 loss at home to the 26th-place Flames last time out. Colorado has fared well in Paul Stastny's absence - knocking off Chicago and Winnipeg - but they're bound to miss his 0.81 points and 18:00 of ice time per game sooner or later. There is still no timetable for Stastny's return, so you may want to check out one of his available teammates if you need help up front. Jamie McGinn anyone? He's been seeing time on the Avs top line since Stastny went down and could help fill your scoring void.
News: Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal Friday vs. the Jets. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist was given a rest Thursday against the Wild, as Cam Talbot manned the net in the loss. Lundqvist is 2-3-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .901 save percentage in his six appearances with the Rangers since guiding Sweden to the silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics.