News: Sonny Milano (face) was activated from the Blue Jackets' non-roster injury list and assigned to OHL Plymouth. Analysis: Sonny Milano hasn't played since suffering two fractures in his face during the NHL Prospects Tournament in mid-September. The Blue Jackets' first-round selection in this past June's draft, Milano has elected to bypass a collegiate career with Boston College in favor of testing himself at the junior level. He's probably at least two years away from contributing for the Blue Jackets.
News: Carl Gunnarsson (hip) still doesn't sound like he's ready to make his season debut, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: The Blues' medical staff has granted Carl Gunnarsson clearance to play and is simply waiting for the defenseman to alert them when he's good to go, but he's evidently not comfortable with his hip just yet. Jordan Leopold will continue to occupy a regular spot on defense for the Blues until Gunnarsson feels the pain in his hip has fully dissipated.
News: Karri Ramo will be in the crease Saturday against the Capitals, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: With both Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller playing well, coach Bob Hartley seems content to alternate starts between the two goalies until one of the two netminders sees their productivity tail off. Ramo will carry a strong 2.20 GAA and .917 save percentage into Saturday's start, but it still seems likely that Hiller will ultimately take the reins of the No. 1 job.
News: Carey Price will start in the crease Saturday against the Rangers, the Canadiens' official site reports. Analysis: Carey Price started off the season slow, but has gotten it together recently and stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced Tuesday against the Red Wings. He will look to keep lowering his 2.96 GAA Saturday.
News: Radko Gudas (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Friday against the Jets, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: The Bolts cleared up the spot for Radko Gudas' return by sending Luke Witkowski to AHL Syracuse on Thursday. Gudas isn't a premier scorer from the blue line, but his outstanding production in the PIM, hit and block categories make him highly useful in specialty leagues.
News: Ryan Callahan (lower body) skated on his own after Friday's morning session, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Ryan Callahan won't be an option Friday against the Jets and perhaps a few more games beyond that, but he noted after the skate that he's been pleased with the progress he's made in the recovery from the injury. He'll still have to incorporate some more additional activities into his workouts before receiving clearance to play.
News: Jonas Gustavsson will receive the start in goal Saturday against the Flyers, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: The Red Wings will turn to Jonas Gustavsson as the team looks to snap its long losing streak in Philadelphia, a drought that dates back all the way to when the two squads met in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. With a 2-3-2 record and several key defensemen missing, this season's edition of the Flyers wouldn't seem to represent a formidable adversary for Gustavsson, who shut out the Maple Leafs in his first start of the season a week earlier.
News: Eriah Hayes was sent to AHL Worcester on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Eriah Hayes played in just four of the team's eight games, failing to record a point. In 19 career games in the NHL, he has just one goal and no assists.
News: Dave Bolland (lower body) will not return to action Saturday against the Coyotes, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: With Dave Bolland again failing to take part in Friday's practice, the Panthers felt comfortable ruling him out as an option for Saturday. After the game against the Coyotes, the Panthers won't play again until Oct. 30, affording Bolland some needed recovery time. If Bolland fails to return to health by that point, the Panthers could choose to place him on injured reserve.
News: Roberto Luongo will be in goal Saturday against the Coyotes, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: The goalie is looking to earn his third straight victory, after shutting out the Sabres and defeating the Avalanche in overtime in his previous two turns. Roberto Luongo sports only middling ratios (2.72 GAA, .906 save percentage) on the season, but it's safe to say that he represents a steep upgrade in goal over Tim Thomas, the Panthers' primary starter in 2013-14.