News: Chris Brown was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Saturday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Chris Brown was set to serve as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Sabres, so rather than letting him rot in the press box, the team elected to send him to the minors to pick up some playing time. There's a chance the team could bring him back to the NHL squad after the weekend, but likely only if Liam O'Brien (lower body) and Brooks Laich (shoulder) are deemed unavailable for the Capitals' next game Wednesday.
News: Jaroslav Halak will be in line to start Saturday against the Penguins. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak will replace Chad Johnson in the crease, but the Isles' lineup will otherwise remain unchanged from the unit that beat the Penguins in a shootout Friday night. Johnson no longer appears much of a threat to Halak's standing as the No. 1 goalie based on the latter's improved performance of late. Halak is 5-1 with a .941 save percentage over six outings in November.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the crease Saturday against the Sabres. Analysis: It's the third consecutive start for Braden Holtby, who has been impressive his last two times out en route to victories over the Coyotes and Avalanche. His solid numbers for the season (7-4-2, 2.26 GAA, .914 save percentage) place him safely in the middle class of fantasy goalies.
News: Brad Marchand, who missed his second straight game Friday against Columbus, remains listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: Though Brad Marchand was on the ice for Thursday's practice, he didn't travel to Columbus for Friday's game, with his status for Saturday's tilt against Montreal uncertain.
News: Lee Stempniak (back) practiced Saturday morning. Analysis: Lee Stempniak likely would have been available to play Friday had the Rangers' game in Buffalo not been postponed, so his presence at practice would only seem to further reiterate that the winger is now healthy. He'll likely displace Jesper Fast from the lineup when the Rangers take on the Canadiens on Sunday.
News: Kevan Miller (upper body) saw 20:32 worth of ice time in Friday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: It was Kevan Miller's first game back since dislocating his shoulder on Oct. 18, and with Adam McQuaid the latest Boston blueliner to be sidelined, the rugged blueliner -- who has yet to has yet to record a point in seven games this season -- figures to be a fixture in the Bruins' lineup in the coming weeks.
News: Liam O'Brien (lower body) skated as an extra Saturday morning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: It doesn't look as though Liam O'Brien will play Saturday night against the Sabres, put his participation with his mates in the morning can be inferred as a positive step in his recovery. He could be ready to go in time for Wednesday's game versus the Islanders.
News: Alexander Khokhlachev saw 9:33 worth of ice time in Friday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: Alexander Khokhlachev, who suited up Friday with David Krejci scratched, ended up making a mark in his first NHL game of the season, scoring in Round 7 of the shootout to cement the Bruins' win. With Krejci's status for Saturday's game against Montreal unclear, Khokhlachev -- who has 16 points in 15 AHL games with Providence to his credit -- has a chance to remain in the Boston lineup for the second straight contest.
News: David Krejci missed Friday's game against Columbus due to an unspecified injury issue that is suspected to involve his hip, according to the Boston Herald. Analysis: While coach Claude Julien didn't go into specifics about David Krejci's injury, he noted Friday that "it's one of those things where one day he's feeling 100 percent the next day not so much." While Julien suggests that the Bruins don't expect Krejci's injury to linger on down the road, he acknowledged that at this stage, "it's just an issue where right now, as we speak, it's a little bit dicey." The center's status for Saturday's game against Montreal is thus cloudy.
News: Jonathan Bernier will be in the crease Saturday against the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio reports. Analysis: After coming out on the losing end of an embarrassing 9-2 defeat to the Predators earlier in the week, Jonathan Bernier was able to save face by stymieing an excellent Lightning squad Thursday, holding the opposition to two goals on 28 shots. He'll look to keep the momentum going against Detroit, who will counter in the net with Jimmy Howard, who has been one of the league's best goalies in the early part of the season.