News: Paul Stastny (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny suffered the injury Oct. 18 against the Coyotes and hasn't returned to action since. He appeared to be on track for Thursday's contest, but was ruled out in a game-time decision and now will miss Saturday as well.
News: Jared Spurgeon was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury Friday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Jared Spurgeon injured the shoulder when he was checked into the boards by the Sharks' Joe Pavelski on Thursday. Though Spurgeon has not been diagnosed with a separated shoulder, the Wild haven't put a firm timetable for his return beyond coach Mike Yeo saying that the defenseman would miss "more than couple games." The timing of the injury couldn't be more frustrating, as the 24-year-old Spurgeon looked to be on the cusp of a breakout season prior to being sidelined. In addition to providing his usually reliable play on the back end, Spurgeon had been an offensive force with six points and a plus-7 rating in nine games.
News: Derrick Pouliot suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday and won't play over the weekend for the Baby Penguins, the Citizen's Voice reports. Analysis: There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. Derrick Pouliot, who missed training camp while recovering from a shoulder injury, scored a goal and three assists in five games for AHL Wilkes-Barre before Wednesday.
News: Alex Goligoski left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury after getting hit into the boards, but returned for the second period, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning Newsreports. Analysis: Alex Goligoski appears to be fine. Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
News: Van Riemsdyk went to the locker room earlier in the game, but returned for the third period, Jonas Siegel of TSN.CA reports. Analysis: Luckily for fantasy owners, Van Riemsdyk seems to be fine.
News: Corey Tropp left Friday's game due to illness and will not return. Analysis: The seriousness of Corey Tropp's illness is unknown at this point in time. The team should update his status in the coming days.
News: Kyle Quincey left Friday's game with a lower body injury and will not return, Chris McCosky of DetroitNews.com reports. Analysis: The severity of Kyle Quincey's injury is unknown at this point in time. His status may be in question for the team's next game. The team should shed some light on Quincey's status in the coming days.
News: Mark Fistric is day-to-day with a lower-back injury, Helene Elliot of the LA Times reports. Analysis: Mark Fistric went back to Anaheim on Friday, though the team has placed him on IR. The injury isn't believed to be serious. Josh Manson will make his NHL debut in Fistric's absence.
News: Jaroslav Halak is expected to start Saturday for the Islanders, according to Newsday. Analysis: So far this season Jaroslav Halak is not making anyone forget about last year when the Islanders might've had better luck by putting a garbage can in net. In six games this season Halak has a GAA of 3.51 and save percentage of .889, not the kind of numbers the Isles were paying for when they signed him to a four-year contract this past off-season. Lucky for him that Chad Johnson hasn't done much better.
News: Patrick Maroon will play Friday against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Patrick Maroon seemed more likely to be slated for a Sunday return against the Avalanche, but appears to be on track for Friday's game. He has cut his initial timetable of four weeks in half by making his return to the ice for the first time since he sprained his MCL on Oct. 14.