News: Dave Bolland (lower body) will not return to action Saturday against the Coyotes, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: With Dave Bolland again failing to take part in Friday's practice, the Panthers felt comfortable ruling him out as an option for Saturday. After the game against the Coyotes, the Panthers won't play again until Oct. 30, affording Bolland some needed recovery time. If Bolland fails to return to health by that point, the Panthers could choose to place him on injured reserve.
News: Roberto Luongo will be in goal Saturday against the Coyotes, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: The goalie is looking to earn his third straight victory, after shutting out the Sabres and defeating the Avalanche in overtime in his previous two turns. Roberto Luongo sports only middling ratios (2.72 GAA, .906 save percentage) on the season, but it's safe to say that he represents a steep upgrade in goal over Tim Thomas, the Panthers' primary starter in 2013-14.
News: Mark Alt will be recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley prior to Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com reports. Analysis: GM Ron Hextall suggested that Mark Alt would be the only immediate call-up the Flyers would add in the wake of top-four blueliners Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn being ruled out for four weeks with lower-body injuries. The 23-year-old Alt had one point in three games with Lehigh Valley, after supplying 26 in 75 contests at the AHL level in 2013-14.
News: Devin Setoguchi (illness) returned to the ice for practice Friday, Aaron Vickers of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Devin Setoguchi was held out of practice Thursday because of the illness, but his return to practice Friday indicates he should be fine if needed. That being said, he will likely be a healthy scratch anyway.
News: Stefan Matteau is nursing an upper-body injury, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Stefan Matteau sustained the injury in a game with AHL Albany last Friday. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said the team is just playing it safe with Matteau for now, but there's no indication as to when he might be ready to play again. The 20-year-old hasn't seen any NHL action since his 17-game debut in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
News: Drew Stafford was held without a point, and collected 17 penalty minutes, in a loss to the Kings on Thursday. Analysis: Drew Stafford took exception to a big hit to teammate Torrey Mitchell, getting an instigator, fighting, and misconduct penalty for dropping his gloves. Stafford's struggled though on the whole, collecting just three points, with none in his past five games. He figures to break out of it at some point, but on offensively challenged Buffalo, his offensive production will likely be limited.
News: Ben Scrivens will be in the crease Friday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: After a woeful start to the season, Ben Scrivens has righted the ship the last two times out with victories against quality teams in the Lightning and Capitals. A matchup with the offensively-impotent Hurricanes should allow him to further trim down his 3.36 GAA.
News: Ales Hemsky was practicing on the fourth line during Friday's morning skate, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. Analysis: Ales Hemsky hasn't been the boon to the Stars offense they were hoping for. Through six games Hemsky has one assist, no goals, a minus-4 rating, and just seven shots. With shaky play and him moving down the line-up, he's looking like a risky fantasy start until he proves otherwise.
News: Anton Khudobin will be in the crease Friday against the Oilers. Analysis: Coach Bill Peters will unsurprisingly turn the net over to Anton Khudobin on the heels of another implosion by Cam Ward, who yielded five goals to Calgary on Thursday. After supplying a pair of ugly starts to begin the season, Khudobin has performed better his last two times out, though he has yet to secure his first victory. A match against a similarly struggling Edmonton squad will offer a good opportunity for Khudobin to finally get a tally in the win column.
News: Logan Couture added two points, a goal and an assist, in a loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Analysis: Logan Couture is starting to heat up, with multiple points in three of his last four. He probably won't stay at this pace, with seven points in the team's last four games, but he figures to remain a top fantasy option going forward.