News: Ryan Garbutt (lower body) was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Ryan Garbutt wasn't on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, so his absence for the nightcap isn't particularly surprising. He'll now turn his focus to a return to the lineup Saturday vs. the Flyers.
News: Tyler Seguin (concussion) will be a game-time decision Thursday vs. the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Tyler Seguin took part in morning skate, centering Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley, but he'll undergo further testing during the afternoon before the Stars reach a final decision on his status. Coach Lindy Ruff was encouraged with how Seguin felt during Wednesday's practice and believes the center will be able to return to action after missing the previous two games.
News: Alexander Edler (lower body) was not at practice Thursday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Although the Canucks are calling Alexander Edler day-to-day, his absence from practice would seem to make him doubtful to play Friday vs. the Coyotes, though the team has yet to indicate one way or another. Edler has been a huge disappointment for fantasy owners with just nine points and a minus-12 rating on the season.
News: Anders Nilsson will receive the start Thursday against the Blues. Analysis: Anders Nilsson has taken overtime losses in his previous two turns, but because that's still dramatically better than what the Islanders were getting from Kevin Poulin, he'll earn his third consecutive turn in the net. Although it would appear he's the top goalie on Long Island for now, Nilsson is a bottom-of-the-barrel fantasy option that should probably be avoided against all but the league's lesser teams.
News: Semyon Varlamov (groin) will start Thursday against the Oilers, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov missed Tuesday's practice with a slight groin pull, but coach Patrick Roy characterized it as a maintenance day more than anything. After getting back on the ice for Wednesday's session, Varlamov will be fully ready for Thursday's contest.
News: Corey Crawford will start in goal Thursday against the Wild. Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed what was widely expected, that Corey Crawford will get the nod in hopes of avenging his Oct. 28 road loss to Minnesota.
News: Darren Helm (shoulder) will not play Friday or Saturday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Previously ruled out for Friday, coach Ken Holland later said Darren Helm will not play Saturday either, and the team will instead evaluate his status early next week.