News: Trevor Smith, who tipped in the winner Thursday night, has seven points in his last nine games. He is taking advantage of his recent promotion from the AHL where he is the captain of the Toronto Marlies. Analysis: He had just 24 NHL games prior to this season and injuries to the Leafs' centers forced him into a position on a scoring line. "... you have to take your hat off to the player," coach Randy Carlyle said of Trevor Smith. "He's earned every opportunity, he's earned everything he's got and when people do that they should be recognized for their contribution." He won't be a regular fantasy contributor, but the Leafs' injury woes aren't going away. He may help in deep leagues.
News: Matt Bartkowski saw 18:40 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski, who checks in with six assists in 14 games to date, has often been the odd man out on the B's blue line, due to the team's depth at the position. With Johnny Boychuk out indefinitely though, the improving Bartkowski -- who has displayed solid mobility of late -- figures to remain in the team's lineup for the time being.
News: Torey Krug (undisclosed injury) saw 19:58 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Torey Krug went into the game officially a game-time decision, but he looked unimpeded Thursday, playing 2:17 on the power and recording three shots on goal, while looking just as energetic and dangerous with the puck as he has typically of late.
News: Ryan Garbutt (lower body) is expected to play Saturday against the Flyers, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: After Ryan Garbutt was able to make it through Friday's practice without incident, coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that the forward would be in the lineup Saturday barring a last-minute setback. He'll assume a fourth-line role for the Stars alongside Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel.
News: The Stars have ruled out Trevor Daley (ankle) for multiple weeks following Friday's MRI, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Just as the team feared, Trevor Daley will likely head to injured reserve, joining fellow defenseman Stephane Robidas. Lengthy absences for two of the Stars' better blueliners could make life extremely difficult for goalie Kari Lehtonen in the games to come.
News: Evander Kane (lower body) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Lightning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Evander Kane showed a step in the right direction by skating at Friday's practice, but coach Claude Noel is going to give him a little more practice time after nearly a week away from the ice. Look for him to have his eye on returning Tuesday vs. the Blues.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville said Bryan Bickell (lower body) would resume skating next week, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Bryan Bickell has been out for over two weeks now with the injury, but his upcoming return to on-ice work signals a light at the end of the tunnel. The absence of his physicality in the lineup hasn't gone unnoticed by the Blackhawks, who have allowed eight goals over their last two games.
News: Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) will not play Friday vs. the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: Although Andrew Shaw is not quite ready to play yet, coach Joel Quenneville said he expects the center back for Sunday's game against the Panthers. It looks like he'll only miss two games on account of his unspecified injury.
News: Michal Handzus (illness) will play Friday vs. the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: As anticipated, Michal Handzus will reenter the lineup after demonstrating that the illness is behind him during Friday's morning skate. He's expected to center the second line against the Ducks.
News: Roberto Luongo will get the start Friday vs. the Coyotes, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo previously took a shootout loss to the Coyotes earlier this season and will look to exact revenge Friday night. After he was chased from a start last Saturday in the second period after allowing three goals, he rebounded more swiftly in his last time out, holding the Predators to one score on 31 shot attempts in Tuesday's win.