News: Brett Ritchie was assigned to AHL Texas on Wednesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Along with Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Ritchie was on of the Stars' two cuts Wednesday, as the team narrowed its roster down to 25 players. Ritchie tallied a respectable 22 goals and 26 assists over 68 games as a 20-year-old in the AHL last season. The former second-rounder might not be far away from seeing regular duty with the parent club.
News: Justin Fontaine was held out of Wednesday's practice due to an expected groin concern, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Justin Fontaine battled the groin strain early in camp before returning to preseason action, but it appears he's still not quite over the ailment just yet. The Wild seem to think he'll be healthy for the start of the regular season, so there's probably nothing to worry about quite yet.
News: Daniel Carcillo has been added to the lineup for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Daniel Carcillo will be looking to show that he deserves to make the team in his second preseason appearance with the Penguins. The left winger spent time with both the Kings and the Rangers last season but hopes to find a roster spot with the Penguins. He sat out the first four preseason games while rehabbing a lingering foot injury, but it appears to longer be an issue.
News: Thomas Vanek (general soreness) has played in each of the Wild's last two preseason contests. Analysis: Thomas Vanek was dinged up in last Thursday's contest against the Penguins, but it didn't take long for him to return to full health. He failed to tally a point in either of the two contests he played, but the Wild will continue to carve out a role for him on the second line this season. He'll likely play alongside Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle.
News: Sidney Crosby (personal) will make his preseason debut Wednesday against the Red Wings, Craig Custance of the ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Sidney Crosby was limited early in camp due to an undisclosed injury, but he's since returned to full health and was away from the team the last few days to the death of a family member. Penguins coach Mike Johnston has been pleased with how Crosby has acclimated himself in camp despite the missed action, so as long as health permits in the regular season, another Hart Trophy could be in sight.
News: Sam Gagner's (upper body) status for Wednesday's pre-season game against Edmonton is unclear, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. Analysis: Sam Gagner's injury was previously undisclosed. The severity remains unclear, but he is day-to-day for now.
News: Antti Raanta is expected to be in goal for the entire game on Wednesday in the Blackhawks' preseason home finale, CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: While Michael Leighton is still on the preseason roster, Antti Raanta seems to be secure in his back-up role in goal for Corey Crawford when the regular season starts next week in Dallas. The Blackhawks though would like to see a nice outing against Montreal on Wednesday night.
News: Robby Fabbri, who skated just over 13 minutes of ice time in Tuesday's win over Carolina, appears to be among the last players competing for a roster spot, according to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Robby Fabbri continues to get praise from coach Ken Hitchcock for his play. Whether and how he slots into the Blues' roster will be determined in the next couple of days.
News: Jori Lehtera appears close to making the team, according to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: This news is not unexpected, but it is comforting to see that Jori Lehtera is not listed among the bubble players in camp. Where he fits in the lineup remains to be seen, but he has played a regular shift (just under 16 minutes in Tuesday's pre-season game) and this is positive news for the rookie.
News: Jake Allen is lined up to start Thursday's pre-season game against Minnesota, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Jake Allen and nominal starter Brian Elliott are alternating starts so far in the pre-season, a pattern that is likely to hold into the regular season the Blues appear poised to split their starts pretty evenly. As the rookie, Allen is likely to end up on the short end of the split, but his status as a legit top prospect (and Elliott's historical streakiness) could play into how the starts get divided up as the year goes on.