News: Andrew Ebbett has a broken ankle and will be out indefinitely, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Recalled from the AHL on Nov. 24, Andrew Ebbett tallied one point in five games, before suffering the serious injury. He scored 32 points in 48 games during the 2008-09 campaign, but has just 33 points in 148 appearances throughout the rest of his career. Ebbett was merely providing the Penguins with some depth for the fourth-line, so his absence shouldn't have much impact on the team's plans.
News: Mike Komisarek (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: The Hurricanes acted quickly to move Mike Komisarek off the active roster after he sustained the injury just a night before. His injury leaves the team with only five healthy defensemen at the moment, though Tim Gleason appears to be close to a return.
News: Zach Boychuk was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Friday. Analysis: Zach Boychuk earned the promotion after scoring seven goals in the last nine games for Charlotte. He'll most likely occupy a fourth-line role or serve as a healthy scratch while with the Hurricanes. Mike Komisarek was placed on injured reserve to create room for Boychuk.
News: Pascal Dupuis (lower body) will travel with the Penguins to Boston for Saturday's game, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The Penguins are considering Pascal Dupuis questionable for Saturday's game, with coach Dan Bylsma likely to decide on his availability at some point between morning skate and pregame warmups. With Evgeni Malkin already being ruled out for Saturday, the Penguins would have to significantly reshuffle their lines if another member of their top-six were to miss action.
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Boston, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Coach Dan Bylsma said the star forward is still day-to-day with the injury, as the team hopes the weekend off will allow him to be ready to go in time for next week's slate of games. The Penguins are dealing with numerous injuries to their forward ranks at the moment, with Evgeni Malkin's absence being chief among them. He had compiled 19 points over his previous nine games before suffering the injury.
News: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (upper body) was skating in a normal jersey during Friday's practice, Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: The Lightning received a dose of good news for their battered defenseman corps, as injured blueliners Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Radko Gudas and Eric Brewer all skated in full and appear close to a return. Labrie's official status for Saturday's game has yet to be determined, but if he doesn't draw back into the lineup, expect one of the other injured defensemen to do so.
News: Eric Brewer (lower body) wore a full-contact jersey during Friday's practice, Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: The Lightning haven't officially said so, but Eric Brewer's full availability Friday should allow him to get back in the lineup Saturday against the Jets. His return would certainly be welcome for a Bolts' defenseman corps that's already down three other members.
News: Michal Handzus (illness) was on the ice Friday for the team's morning skate, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville hasn't indicated whether or not Michal Handzus will suit up Friday against the Ducks, but his participation during the morning session certainly looks promising. We'll know officially during pregame warmups if Handzus will draw back into the lineup.
News: Joffrey Lupul (groin) was a full participant at Friday's practice, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: It marked Lupu's first full session with the team since landing on injured reserve Nov. 28. The Leafs haven't passed along word yet on whether or not he'll be activated for the team's two weekend contests, but a determination should be made on that front following Saturday's morning skate.
News: Phil Kessel (undisclosed) missed Friday's practice, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports. Analysis: Phil Kessel is evidently still feeling whatever ailment he is dealing with, so the Leafs will give him as much maintenance as he needs to ensure his availability for games. He extended his scoring streak to five games by providing two assists in Thursday's game while playing through the injury.