News: Carey Price will be in goal Saturday against the Predators. Analysis: After allowing a season-worst five goals in Thursday's loss to the Blues, Carey Price will retain duties in the net as he looks to enter the Christmas break on a high note. After Saturday's game, the Canadiens won't play again for an entire week, giving Price ample time to rest up for the second half of what has been an excellent campaign.
News: Coach Patrick Roy said he might play Ryan Wilson (back) Saturday vs. the Kings, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avs had anticipated that Ryan Wilson would return last week, but the team ultimately decided he was in need of further conditioning work. He's already been activated from injured reserve; Roy is simply waiting until he gets back to full speed before using him in games.
News: Grant Clitsome (undisclosed) will not play Friday vs. the Panthers. Analysis: Coach Claude Noel said that Grant Clitsome "wasn't feeling great," but didn't elaborate further on why the defenseman was absent from morning skate. It would seem whatever injury he's concealing is probably minor, so for now, fantasy owners can anticipate having Clitsome back in their lineups Sunday vs. the Canucks.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be the starter in goal Friday vs. the Panthers, Jim Toth of 680 CJOB Radio reports. Analysis: Things have been going rather poorly of late for Ondrej Pavelec, who has dropped five of six starts in December and owns a horrendous .872 save percentage on the month. While a matchup against a doormat Panthers squad once looked favorable for Pavelec, that can't be said anymore with Florida riding a season-best five-game win streak while the Jets sag in the Western Conference standings.
News: Scott Hannan returned from his upper-body injury Thursday against the Kings. Analysis: He saw 14:52 of ice time in the contest, finishing with two blocked shots and a minus-1 rating. Scott Hannan has seven points in 29 games this season, but his sporadic playing time makes him a difficult option to trust.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff said that Vernon Fiddler (upper body) is "probably ready" to play Saturday vs. the Sharks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Vernon Fiddler was a full-go during Friday's practice, skating on the fourth line alongside Shawn Horcoff and Alex Chiasson. With Ryan Garbutt nursing an undisclosed injury and at risk of missing Saturday's game, expect the Stars to officially activate Fiddler following morning skate.
News: Eddie Lack stopped 24 of 26 shots in regulation before going on to deny seven of eight Blackhawks skaters in the shootout en route to a 3-2 win over Chicago on Friday. Analysis: Eddie Lack was stellar in Friday's game, limiting the Hawks to only one goal in a first period in which his team was outshot 10-3. His play enabled the Canucks to claw their way back from a 2-0 deficit in the second period. He now has a 5-2-0 record on the season with a .927 save percentage and 1.98 GAA. He is a very good fantasy option whenever Roberto Luongo is given the night off.