News: Derek MacKenzie (lower body) hopes to return by Christmas, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The center has already been ruled out for Thursday and Saturday's games against the Flyers, but could return to the lineup Monday against the Hurricanes. Derek MacKenzie has two goals and one assist in 28 games on the season.
News: Dalton Prout (upper body) will miss at least the next two weeks, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The blueliner left Monday's game after suffering the injury, and will be sidelined for a couple weeks now. While the team will miss him, Dalton Prout only has two points in 24 games this season, so his absence from the lineup should only affect the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: James Wisniewski (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Flyers, Dan Kamal of FoxSports Ohio reports. Analysis: The blueliner will aim to return Saturday, when the Jackets finish up their home-and-home series with the Flyers back in Columbus.
News: Marian Gaborik (knee) will not play Thursday against the Flyers, Dan Kamal of FoxSports Ohio reports. Analysis: On the bright side, Marian Gaborik does expect to play Saturday, when the Jackets take on the Flyers again. The speedy winger has five goals and six assists in 17 games to date.
News: Matt Fraser (unspecified issue) was at practice Wednesday. Analysis: Matt Fraser, who was not in the Bruins' lineup Tuesday, skated Wednesday on a line with Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner. It's unclear why Fraser sat Tuesday, but the team indicated that he was not a healthy scratch.
News: Marc Methot is expected to be a healthy scratch for Wednesday night's game against the Devils, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: Marc Methot has missed the last three games with the flu, and even though he's apparently healthy, he'll watch Wednesday's game from the press box. He probably lost some weight while he was sick, so the most likely explanation is that he just needs a couple practices to get back into shape before being reinserted into the lineup. When he does return, expect him to retake his spot on the Sens top pairing alongside Erik Karlsson.
News: David Krejci notched a pair of assists in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Flames. Analysis: The Bruins' slick playmaker, who now has a team-high 29 points in 34 games overall, has recorded eight points over his last six games, while centering the team's top line.
News: Jarome Iginla (finger) notched a pair of assists in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Flames. Analysis: Jarome Iginla injured a finger in a fight this past Saturday, but it's an issue that he will be able play through. The veteran winger, who saw 17:56 worth of ice time Tuesday, now has 21 points in 34 games for the Bruins overall, with a team-high plus-14 rating to go along with 36 PIM.
News: Zdeno Chara notched a pair of power play goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Flames. Analysis: Six of Zdeno Chara's nine goals this season have come with the man advantage, where the big blueliner has been utilizing both his big shot and his size up front to help boost the Bruins' power play, which is currently tied for ninth in the league, with a 19.6 percent success rate.
News: Marek Mazanec (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean reports. Analysis: Marek Mazanec was feeling under the weather Tuesday, and missed that night's game against the Blackhawks because of it. Considering that Magnus Hellberg was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee Wednesday as well, it's safe to assume that Mazanec will be available Thursday against the Lightning.