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: Trevor Lewis (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve, Helene Elliot of the LA Times reports. Analysis: After missing the Kings' last nine games with an upper body injury, Trevor Lewis is expected to return to the team's lineup when they take on the Red Wings on Saturday night. Lewis will resume his role as a center in the Kings' bottom-six upon his return.
News: David Backes is questionable for the Blues' Saturday night match up with the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: David Backes is still recovering from a concussion he sustained on Tuesday night. The team will see how Backes feels tomorrow morning before making a decision on whether or not the veteran winger will suit up for the game.
News: The Lightning re-assigned Cedric Paquette to their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Cedric Paquette was called up to provide some depth for the team while Ryan Callahan dealt with an injury. With Callahan expected to return for the Lightning's match up with the Capitals tomorrow night, the team no longer has a need for the young center on their NHL roster.
News: Michael Raffl found the back of the net for the third consecutive game in Thursday's loss to the Lightning. Analysis: He's got four goals on nine shots over that three-game span and six markers on the year. Michael Raffl's sky-high shooting percentage says this luck is bound to balance out, but it's hard to ignore the offensive contributions he's made early on here. The Flyers' offense has awoken, and that should only help Raffl, so he's worth a speculative add at minimum.
News: Jared Spurgeon left Thursday's win over San Jose in the third period with an undisclosed injury after taking a hard check, the Associated Press reports. Analysis: Between the illness that's rummaging through the locker room and injuries, the Wild are could be down four blueliners if Jared Spurgeon's injury is something to worry about. Before departing, Spurgeon skated 22:31 and had six shots on goal, but no points.
News: Jakub Voracek scored a goal and added an assist Thursday against Tampa Bay, giving him two points for the fourth consecutive game. Analysis: Yep, that's called being red-hot. Jakub Voracek has only failed to hit the scoresheet one time so far this year, and with an impressive 15 points in 10 games, it's looking like he could blow last year's career-best 62 points out of the water. He's always had point-per-game talent.
News: Claude Giroux picked up two more assists Thursday against the Lightning, giving him 11 in just 10 games this season. Analysis: He's also scored a pair of goals, but Claude Giroux's made his presence felt as a distributor the most. With a sparkling 47 shots on goal over 10 games, Giroux should see his scoring rate rise as his luck balances out, as his shooting percentage is less than half its career norm right now.
News: Ray Emery was scored upon four times among 32 shots in Thursday's loss to the Lightning. Analysis: Not the shiniest outing for Ray Emery, who'd been undefeated in regulation over his first five starts of the year. Steve Mason has been abhorrent so far, so Emery has a chance to carve out a bigger role, but outings like Thursday's won't help his case.
News: Jonathan Toews scored his third and fourth goals of the year Thursday in a shootout win over the Senators. Analysis: He'd been off to a bit of a quiet start, so it's nice to see Jonathan Toews break out with his second multi-point game of the season. We know the talent is there, so assuming he stays healthy enough to play 80 games, Toews could quite conceivably exceed 70 points for the second time in his career.