News: Darren Helm (groin) is planning to play in one of the Red Wings' two remaining preseason games, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Darren Helm has not played since since the Red Wings' Sept. 22 preseason opener, but he is on track to return to action before the regular season begins, so it seems likely be will be available for Opening Night.
News: Nate Prosser was claimed off waivers by the Wild on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Analysis: With the Wild still in search of a seventh defenseman, they'll kick the tires on Nate Prosser, who already has extensive familiarity with coach Mike Yeo's system. Before signing with St. Louis in the offseason, 28-year-old Prosser appeared in 126 games across five seasons with the Wild, totaling 21 points and 127 penalty minutes.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) will likely miss another 2-to-3 weeks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk has been able to practice despite the injury, but it will be at least a couple more weeks before he is ready to see game action.
News: Bobby Ryan agreed to a seven-year, $50.25 million extension with the Senators on Thursday, CBC News Ottawa reports. Analysis: Bobby Ryan's deal will keep him in Ottawa through the 2021-22 season and makes him the team's highest-paid player. He is slated to be the right wing on the Senators' top line, alongside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur.
News: Daniel Carcillo was released from his professional tryout offer with the Penguins on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: A foot injury limited Daniel Carcillo throughout training camp, and was likely the kiss of death to his chances of making the 23-man roster. The experienced fourth liner could get a look from another club at some point this season, but likely not until he's further removed from the foot injury.
News: Matthew Lombardi (groin) took part in Thursday's practice, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: Matthew Lombardi has been held out since injuring his groin Sunday, but it appears he is feeling good enough to return to practice, and the setback should not prevent him from being ready for Opening Night.
News: Patric Hornqvist, who skated with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on Wednesday, was held pointless against Detroit. Analysis: He registered one shot while seeing five other attempts blocked or missing the net. Patric Hornqvist makes for a strong fantasy sleeper, as he regularly totals 50-plus points and takes a healthy number of shots. The Penguins are expected to play him with Evgeni Malkin, but even if Malkin misses time with an undisclosed injury Hornqvist will still see ample opportunity on Pittsburgh's potent power play. Hornqvist, Kunitz and Crosby all played more than four minutes (4:05 TOI) on the man advantage Wednesday to lead the team.
News: Ryane Clowe (concussion) will play in Thursday's exhibition game. Analysis: Ryane Clowe missed the first portion of training camp after recovering from a concussion suffered in late March, but he returned to practice a couple weeks ago, and is now ready to make his preseason debut. Barring any unexpected symptoms over the next few days, it seems likely that Clowe will be available for the Devils' season opener.
News: Nick Spaling led the Pens with two assists in Wednesday's 2-0 win in Detroit. Analysis: He's expected to skate with Brandon Sutter on the team's third line in 2014-15. Nick Spaling scored 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games for Nashville last year and a similar point total is likely with Pittsburgh.
News: The Blackhawks assigned Ryan Hartman to AHL Rockford on Thursday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: Ryan Hartman was given a chance to compete for a roster spot during training camp, but he missed time recently with an injury and did not show enough to make cut. Hartman could see action for the Blackhawks at some point this season after being selected in the first round of last year's draft.