News: Marian Hossa scored his 12th goal on Thursday night in the loss to the Wild as he tied Jonathan Toews for second on the Blackhawks in goals. Analysis: Only Patrick Kane is ahead of Marian Hossa and Toews in goals. The disappointment for Hossa is his assists with only nine in 25 games. It was only two years ago, 2011-12, where he had 48 assists in 81 games.
News: Brandon Saad ended his six-game goal-less drought with an unassisted goal on Thursday night in the 4-3 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Brandon Saad last scored on November 21 against the Jets, but he might be in line to score against Anaheim on Friday. The goal against the Jets was the second of back-to-back games where he scored. He has eight goals and 11 assists on the season and will surely pass his numbers in last season's lockout-shortened 2012-13 season (10 goals and 17 assists).
News: Coach Craig Berube ruled Vincent Lecavalier (back) out for Saturday's game against the Stars, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier's back still hasn't fully recovered after he received treatment earlier this week, so the team will wait and see how he feels after getting the weekend off. He'll be missing his third straight game with the injury.
News: Evander Kane (lower body) was a participant in Friday's practice, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: It's Evander Kane's first time back on ice since last Friday, with the forward sitting out two games during that time. Assuming he made it through Friday's session fine, he could be an option Saturday against the Lightning if he turns in a successful morning skate.
News: Michael Frolik (illness) was back at practice Friday morning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Michael Frolik sat out Thursday's game after feeling under the weather, but he's evidently better now after getting the night off to rest. He'll be back in the lineup Saturday against the Lightning.
News: Johnny Boychuk, who was carted off the ice on a stretcher after absorbing a hit into the boards by Montreal's Max Pacioretty in Thursday's game, was cleared to fly back with the team to Boston after initially being taken to Montreal General Hospital for observation, the Bruins' official site reports. "He's obviously still injured, but we don't know the severity of it and I don't know all the details from it," coach Claude Julien noted after the game. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk, who was able to demonstrate movement in all of his extremities before he was transported to the hospital, will be checked out in Boston on Friday by team doctors. At this stage, Julien suggested that the blueliner is out indefinitely, noting with regards to Boychuk's injury that "obviously it was an injury serious enough to bring him to the hospital and definitely I think he's going to be a little while here before he's good to go."
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) was not present for Friday's practice, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Evgeni Malkin missed his first game of the season Thursday due to the injury and it's not certain how much additional time off he way need. The Penguins would prefer to be cautious with Malkin, but with the rest of their forward corps battered with injury, they may be more willing to play him Saturday against Boston if he shows some signs of improved health in the next 24 hours.
News: Pascal Dupuis sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday's win over the Sharks and was absent from practice Friday. Analysis: Pascal Dupuis potted a goal less than 30 seconds into the game Thursday but succumbed to the injury soon thereafter, seeing just 7:51 of ice time. The severity of the injury isn't completely clear, but with three forwards on DL and Evgeni Malkin also day-to-day with an injury, even a minor ailment for a Dupuis becomes a concern for the Penguins.
News: Tyler Bozak (upper body) has landed on long-term injured reserve, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Analysis: It wasn't entirely clear Thursday whether or not Tyler Bozak had landed on injured reserve or LTIR, but now that it's been fully ascertained that it's the latter, the forward can officially be ruled out for a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. He won't be eligible to return until Dec. 29 vs. the Hurricanes at the earliest, and it could very well be after that date if his recovery proceeds slowly.
News: Andrew Ebbett (unspecified) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: There was no indication prior to Friday that Andrew Ebbett was dealing with an kind of injury, but he'll head to IR nonetheless. Ebbett will join Tanner Glass and Beau Bennett on IR to significantly weaken the forward depth for the Penguins, who also have Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis day-to-day with injuries.