News: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The previously unspecified lower-body injury that forced Sergei Bobrovsky from Tuesday's game is a groin strain, and it's expected to sideline the 25-year-old for at least a month. It's a devastating blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now attempt to at least stay afloat with the likes of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna in goal.
News: Brett Bellemore (neck) will not play Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: After reporting some stiffness in his neck, Brett Bellemore was sent back to Carolina, likely for further evaluation. He only has two points (1G, 1A) on the season, but Bellemore has his plus-minus rating back to even with a plus-2 rating in his last two contests.
News: Eric Staal missed practice Wednesday with a touch of the flu but should be good to go Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: It doesn't sound like the illness will prevent Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, from taking the ice against Nashville. The 29-year-old has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.
News: Eric Brewer (lower body) is not expected to play Thursday against the Senators, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: The lower-body injury will likely keep Eric Brewer from a second consecutive game Thursday, but it does not sound like he's in danger of landing on IR. The team is expected, however, to add a defender from the AHL to serve as depth while Brewer recovers.
News: Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: On Tuesday, Andrew Shaw was involved in a fight with the Stars' Antoine Roussel, and he also took a hard shot into the boards later in the game. The Blackhawks have not elaborated on the nature or severity of the ailment.
News: Michal Handzus (illness) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: Rather than risk infecting his teammates with his illness, Michal Handzus will stay back in Chicago and try to kick the bug in time for Friday's home tilt against Anaheim.
News: GM Ken Holland said the team has already ruled out Pavel Datsyuk (head) for a return this weekend, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: As a result, Pavel Datsyuk will miss his sixth and seventh games as he continues to take his time to recover from the concussion. With fellow star forward Henrik Zetterberg set to miss the next two weeks with a herniated disc, the Red Wings could be in a world of hurt in their upcoming contests. Their presence was certainly missed in Wednesday's 6-3 loss at the hands of the Flyers.
News: Steve Downie scored on a power-play goal and added an assist in Wednesday's win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Since returning from a concussion suffered in his Flyers debut Nov. 12, Steve Downie has done his part to ignite the offensive attack, totaling nine points in his subsequent 12 games with the squad. He's been a boon for fantasy players in non-scoring categories, too, with a plus-7 rating and 31 penalty minutes in his limited action with the team.
News: Scott Hartnell scored a goal and assisted on two others in Wednesday's victory over the Red Wings. Analysis: Scott Hartnell took some heat for his slow start to the season that was made further difficult by a lower-body injury that resulted in an IR stint, but he's finally starting to discover his scoring touch. The three points were his most in a game this season, and he'll look to carry the momentum forward when the Flyers take on the Stars in their next game Saturday.