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: Chris Thorburn supplied two assists in Monday's win over the Rangers. Analysis: Elevated to a top-six role Monday due to a lower-body injury to Evander Kane, Chris Thorburn came away with his first points in 19 games for the Jets. Thorburn will likely slot back in on the second line Thursday with Kane likely to remain unavailable, but don't expect the promotion to last much longer beyond that.
News: Mathieu Perreault will not travel with the team for its next two games due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: With just one point in his previous 12 games, he may have been in need of some time off even if the injury hadn't occurred. Perhaps with some time to rest up and shake off the lower-body injury, Mathieu Perreault will rediscover the scoring touch that allowed him to compile 14 points through his first 16 games.
News: Pekka Rinne will receive an MRI on his injured hip Thursday, Nick Cole of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: With the examination, the Predators should be able to articulate a clearer timetable for Pekka Rinne, who has thus far been expected to remain out until late December. After receiving some rocky outings from backup Carter Hutton immediately following the Rinne injury, AHL call-up Marek Mazanec has added some stability to the Preds' goalie situation, allowing the team to have Rinne proceed carefully in his recovery.