News: VandeChris Vande Velde was returned to AHL Adirondack on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Zac Rinaldo due to return in the Flyers' next game Saturday, the team had no need to keep VandeChris Vande Velde with the parent club any longer. He appeared in just one game during his brief stay with the Flyers, logging 3:53 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
News: Petr Nedved officially announced his retirement from hockey Friday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: The 42-year-old has played the last seven seasons in Europe after a 15-year NHL career with the Canucks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers. He was among the most prized fantasy assets back in the day, with his 99-point campaign with the Penguins in 1995-96 amounting to his greatest NHL season.
News: Magnus Paajarvi has an upper-body injury and will not be available Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Magnus Paajarvi left practice early after suffering the injury in Thursday's game against Edmonton. Coach Ken Hitchcock will let him rest for a game before reevaluating where Paajarvi is at in his recovery. Brenden Morrow enters the lineup Saturday.
News: Ryan Miller will be back in the crease Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller quickly rebounded from his first loss with the Blues earlier this week with a decisive victory over the Oilers on Thursday. With a far better supporting cast flanking him in St. Louis than in Buffalo, Miller should be treated as an elite fantasy option at goalie for the rest of the season.
News: Viktor Fasth is expected to start Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Coach Dallas Eakins hasn't announced a starter for Friday's game, but given that Ben Scrivens started a night earlier, Viktor Fasth figures to draw into the crease to relieve him. Fasth won in his Oilers debut Tuesday vs. the Wild, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff said that Kari Lehtonen (concussion) may be able to return "early next week," Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: The assumption is that Kari Lehtonen will miss Sunday's game in Winnipeg, but considering his presence at Friday's morning skate, his first contest back in the crease appears imminent. Moreover, he hasn't been ruled out for Sunday just yet, meaning owners will want to keep an eye on the netminder's availability.
News: Cam Fowler suffered a lower-body strain during Friday's game against the Avalanche, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: There didn't seem to be anything specific as to what caused the strain, but Cam Fowler left the bench and headed to the locker room towards the end of the second period. The team will likely update his condition soon but for now, consider him day-to-day.
News: Kyle Okposo assisted on two of the Islanders' three goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to San Jose, giving him six points and five assists in the last three games. Analysis: Kyle Okposo is playing at a point-per-game pace with 67 points in as many games as he establishes himself as one of the league's breakout players. Look for Okposo's production to continue, as he's shown the ability to put up numbers with a hodgepodge of different linemates this season.
News: Frans Nielsen posted a goal and an assist for the second-consecutive game, factoring into two goals in Friday's loss to San Jose. Analysis: Frans Nielsen is the team's top offensive weapon with John Tavares on the shelf and he's in the midst of a career season that has already seen him hit 20 goals. The Islanders need to get goals from somewhere.
News: Semyon Varlamov left Friday's game against Anaheim after allowing four goals in the second period on 13 shots and five goals total in the game. Analysis: Varly was relieved by Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but this second period was a nightmare for Semyon Varlamov, who had been playing rather well after a disappointing run in Sochi.