News: David Krejci missed Friday's game against Columbus due to an unspecified injury issue that is suspected to involve his hip, according to the Boston Herald. Analysis: While coach Claude Julien didn't go into specifics about David Krejci's injury, he noted Friday that "it's one of those things where one day he's feeling 100 percent the next day not so much." While Julien suggests that the Bruins don't expect Krejci's injury to linger on down the road, he acknowledged that at this stage, "it's just an issue where right now, as we speak, it's a little bit dicey." The center's status for Saturday's game against Montreal is thus cloudy.
News: Jonathan Bernier will be in the crease Saturday against the Red Wings, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio reports. Analysis: After coming out on the losing end of an embarrassing 9-2 defeat to the Predators earlier in the week, Jonathan Bernier was able to save face by stymieing an excellent Lightning squad Thursday, holding the opposition to two goals on 28 shots. He'll look to keep the momentum going against Detroit, who will counter in the net with Jimmy Howard, who has been one of the league's best goalies in the early part of the season.
News: Matt Martin scored his first goal of the season in Friday's shootout win over the Penguins. Analysis: Matt Martin kicked off as string of three unanswered goals for the Islanders in a raucous first period. Rarely counted on to ignite the offense, Martin instead carries most of his value as a physical agitator. He's led the league in hits for three consecutive seasons and paces the NHL with 89 thus far in 2014-15.
News: Daniel Paille notched his first goal of the season in Friday's shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: As a fourth-line forward who isn't a prolific hitter or scorer, Daniel Paille's fantasy utility remains extremely limited. He'll probably need to climb to a top-six role before becoming an interesting commodity, something that doesn't seem on track to happen this season.
News: Tuomo Ruutu tallied his fourth goal of the season in Friday's 2-0 win over the Oilers. Analysis: The 31-year-old has found ice time hard to come by while he's remained relegated to a bottom-six role this season. His limited ice time (9:22 per game) has unsurprisingly resulted in meager point totals (five in 19 games).
News: Adam Henrique tallied the game-winner in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Oilers, his first point since returning from a lower-body injury. Analysis: Adam Henrique has been in the lineup for the last two games following a six-game absence due to the injury. Though he lacks the name recognition of some of the league's other elite centers, Henrique is quickly climbing into the echelon. After a brilliant finish to the 2013-14 season, Henrique has started the new campaign with five goals and five assists over his 14 games.
News: Jhonas Enroth will be in the crease Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth was set to get the starting nod Friday against the Rangers, but that match was postponed in light of the severe snowstorms descending on the Buffalo area. He'll man the net Saturday, and for perhaps the Sabres' next handful of games, given the uncertain health of Michal Neuvirth (lower body), who has yet to resume practicing. Enroth claimed his second win of the season in relief of the injured Neuvirth on Tuesday versus the Sharks, stopping 19 of 20 shots.
News: Jack Johnson scored the equalizer in the third period of Friday's eventual 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins. Analysis: It was his first goal of the season, but with eight points in 16 games Jack Johnson is actually on pace for his best season since 2010-2011. His decision to file for bankruptcy made headlines, but it doesn't seem like it will affect his performance.
News: Jayson Megna was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Analysis: Jayson Megna's call-up suggests that one of the Pens' 12 forwards may have sustained an injury Friday that might jeopardize their availability for Saturday's rematch with the Islanders. The 24-year-old had seven goals and two assists over eight games in the AHL.
News: Eric Gelinas assisted on both of New Jersey's goals in Friday's 2-0 win over the Oilers. Analysis: Both goals came at even strength, allowing Eric Gelinas to finish with a plus-2 rating, as well. He now has 37 shots, 10 PIM, and a plus-2 rating in 17 games this year, while his modest seven points lump him in with Mared Zidlicky (nine points) and Damon Severson (eight points) for most among Devils defenders.