News: Nikita Nikitin (upper body) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Predators but may be able to return for Monday's game against the Stars. Analysis: Nikita Nikitin sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday's game and was not able to return to that contest. He traveled with the Blue Jackets to Nashville and is considered day-to-day.
News: Antti Niemi is expected to start Saturday's game against the Canadiens, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi has struggled lately, posting an .887 save percentage over his last five games. While it's something to keep in mind, the Finnish netminder has a long history of success and figures to get back on track sooner rather than later.
News: Jaroslav Halak will start Saturday's game against the Coyotes, CSN Washington's Rob Carlin reports. Analysis: As expected, Jaroslav Halak will make his Caps debut against the Coyotes, in a matchup between two teams grinding for wild-card spots in their respective conferences. The Slovak netminder posted a 24-9-4 record, 2.23 GAA and .917 save percentage in 40 games (38 starts) behind the stout St. Louis defense this season. He'll have a tough time maintaining those numbers behind a shaky Washington blue line that has struggled on the PK all season. It's still unclear how the playing time will be divided between Halak and Braden Holtby, but a timeshare would make sense.
News: Robert Bortuzzo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play in Friday's game against the Ducks. Analysis: A healthy scratch for much of the season, Robert Bortuzzo has seen more regular playing time lately as a result of injuries to other players. His absence Friday will likely free up a spot for Deryk Engelland on the Pens' third defensive pairing.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start Friday's game against the Ducks, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jeff Zatkoff got the nod in the first game of the Penguins' back-to-back on Thursday, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury as the probable starter for Friday. The Quebecois netminder has been shaky since the Olympic break, but it's hard to sit him given how frequently he wins.
News: Semyon Varlamov will start Saturday's game against the Blues, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov is having a fine year and has played well recently, but the Avalanche have struggled against the Blues this season, getting outscored 11-4 in a pair of losses.
News: Nicklas Jensen was recalled from AHL Utica by the Canucks on Friday. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen, the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has 21 goals and seven assists in 77 career AHL games. The Canucks were hoping he'd have an impact at the NHL level this season, but that hasn't exactly panned out, with Jensen spending the entire season in Utica before Friday. Once Zack Kassian returns from a three-game suspension next Friday, Jensen may be sent back to Utica.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will start Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com's Rob Mixer reports. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled from his last start after allowing four goals on 18 shots to the Blackhawks, but the Russian netminder put together a nice run prior to Thursday's disastrous outing.
News: Torrey Mitchell has a foot injury and will not play in Friday's game against the Florida Panthers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Sabres coach Ted Nolan delivered some unusual information Friday afternoon, saying that a couple of his team's injuries may be season-ending, but declining to specify which ones. With Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) and Chris Stewart (ankle) also out for Friday's game, it's currently unclear whether Torrey Mitchell is in danger of a prolonged absence.
News: Chris Stewart (ankle) is out for Friday's game against the Florida Panthers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Sabres coach Ted Nolan reportedly said that a couple of his players may be dealing with season-ending injuries, but the coach declined to specify who he might be referring to. Torrey Mitchell (foot) and Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) are also out Friday, making it rather unclear whether Chris Stewart is one of the players in question. Until more information is available, Stewart is somewhere between day-to-day and out for the season, with that range of possibilities being of little use to fantasy owners facing tough roster decisions.