News: Jonas Hiller will make the start in goal Friday against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Jonas Hiller saw a season-high 51 shot attempts in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Kings, but with three days to rest up, he should be ready to go against the Blackhawks, who will be playing their second game in as many days. Coach Bruce Boudreau could look to give Hiller the night off Saturday in favor of Frederik Andersen for the latter half of the Ducks' back-to-back.
News: Michal Neuvirth (lower body) participated fully in Friday's practice but probably won't return over the weekend., the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth has been sidelined since Nov. 29 and will likely remain out for this weekend's back-to-back contests against the Predators and Rangers. A Tuesday return against Tampa Bay could be in play, though the Capitals haven't specifically said anything about that date. Upon Neuvirth's return, Philipp Grubauer will almost certainly be sent back to the AHL.
News: Brian McGrattan (general soreness) was back practicing Friday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Brian McGrattan sat out of Thursday's session after he was still feeling sore following Wednesday's game, but it seems like he's feeling a little better now. Even so, he wasn't skating on a line during Friday's session and looks doubtful to play against the Avalanche.
News: Joe Colborne has the flu and will be a game-time decision Friday against the Avalanche, the Flames' official site reports. Analysis: The former first-round pick has appeared in 26 out of a possible 27 games this season, tallying eight points (three goals), six PIM, 26 shots on goal, and a minus-three rating. Joe Colborne may miss Friday's game, and he could also be in trouble for Saturday, if he isn't able to go Friday.
News: Matt Gilroy (lower body) was placed on waivers Friday morning, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Analysis: Matt Gilroy has been out for the last 11 days with a lower body injury and will head down to AHL San Antonio if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
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.