News: P.K. Subban had three giveaways in Wednesday night's shootout win over New Jersey. His final one led to a Patrick Elias goal with a little over a minute left that gave the Devils a 3-2 lead at the time. Analysis: Incredibly, David Desharnais knotted up the game 43 seconds later to send it into overtime, where the Habs eventually won in a shootout. We get these occasional negative plays with P.K. Subban, but it happens to all players. You just have to roll with it and enjoy all the good the Subban brings, such as 24 points in 29 games and perhaps another Norris Trophy for his collection.
News: Michael Bournival took Brandon Prust's spot on the Lars Eller line, when Eller scored a game-tying, third-period goal Wednesday night in New Jersey, Hockey Inside Out reports. Analysis: Michael Bournival has been locked on the fourth line recently, but carries better offensive potential than Prust. Seeing that Eller and Alex Galchenyuk (to a certain extent) have cooled off since a torrid start, perhaps Bournival will get a promotion for Thursday night's matchup with the Bruins.
News: David Desharnais scored a game-tying goal with 37 seconds left in regulation and then netted the game-winner in a shootout in Wednesday night's win over New Jersey. He is 3-for-3 with two game-winners in the shootout this season. Analysis: David Desharnais has points (1 goal, three assists) in three straight games and nine of his 10 points this season have come in his last eight. His recent run has quieted Montreal's mayor, Denis Coderre, who suggested a one-way ticket to Hamilton (AHL) for Desharnais back on Nov. 11.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The previously unspecified lower-body injury that forced Sergei Bobrovsky from Tuesday's game is a groin strain, and it's expected to sideline the 25-year-old for at least a month. It's a devastating blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now attempt to at least stay afloat with the likes of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna in goal.
News: Brett Bellemore (neck) will not play Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: After reporting some stiffness in his neck, Brett Bellemore was sent back to Carolina, likely for further evaluation. He only has two points (1G, 1A) on the season, but Bellemore has his plus-minus rating back to even with a plus-2 rating in his last two contests.
News: Eric Staal missed practice Wednesday with a touch of the flu but should be good to go Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Analysis: It doesn't sound like the illness will prevent Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, from taking the ice against Nashville. The 29-year-old has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.
News: Eric Brewer (lower body) is not expected to play Thursday against the Senators, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: The lower-body injury will likely keep Eric Brewer from a second consecutive game Thursday, but it does not sound like he's in danger of landing on IR. The team is expected, however, to add a defender from the AHL to serve as depth while Brewer recovers.
News: Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: On Tuesday, Andrew Shaw was involved in a fight with the Stars' Antoine Roussel, and he also took a hard shot into the boards later in the game. The Blackhawks have not elaborated on the nature or severity of the ailment.
News: Michal Handzus (illness) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: Rather than risk infecting his teammates with his illness, Michal Handzus will stay back in Chicago and try to kick the bug in time for Friday's home tilt against Anaheim.