News: Stu Bickel was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Thursday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: He'll be replaced by Matt Dumba, who was recalled from Iowa in a corresponding move. Stu Bickel's stint with the parent club lasted just three days, with the blueliner serving as a healthy scratch in the Wild's lone game during that time.
News: Mathew Dumba was recalled from AHL Iowa on Thursday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Mathew Dumba joined the Wild for Thursday's morning practice in Calgary, where the blueliner grew up. Coach Mike Yeo wouldn't say whether or not Dumba would enter the lineup in front of his hometown crowd, but it seems likely that he'd replace Christian Folin if that materializes.
News: Dwight King finished Wednesday's 4-3 win against the Blackhawks with a plus-2 rating and an assist. Analysis: This was an impressive showing from Dwight King, a player who rarely makes waves in the fantasy realm. Apparent is King's energy on the ice but he shouldn't draw a serious look among fantasy hockey pickups unless he can start to establish any kind of offensive rhythm.
News: Joffrey Lupul (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday. Analysis: The Leafs were labeling Joffrey Lupul as a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, but his activation from IR and the subsequent demotion of Josh Leivo to AHL Toronto suggests the team fully intends to have Lupul available. Injuries have been his undoing throughout his career, but Lupul has been productive in the 26 games he's skated this season, netting nine goals and eight assists.
News: Marian Gaborik picked up an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Marian Gaborik has helpers in consecutive games. He is best known for putting shots on goal, though he's been relatively idle in that department with only four shots in his last three contests. Gaborik is generally a safe option at the forward spot.
News: Ilya Bryzgalov was the first goalie off the ice at the Ducks' morning skate and is expected to start Thursday against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The Ducks will kick off a back-to-back set Thursday, presenting Ilya Bryzgalov with the rare opportunity to pick up a start while Frederik Andersen prepares for Friday's game against the Blackhawks. The Ducks have lost just one of their nine January contests, so the team may not even need Bryzgalov -- who owns an awful 3.71 GAA and .854 save percentage over four outings -- to be especially sharp to dispatch the Sharks.
News: Pekka Rinne (knee) joined the Predators on the ice for Thursday's morning skate. Analysis: The Predators suggested just two days earlier that Pekka Rinne was expected to miss another 2-to-4 weeks due to the knee injury, so his presence on the ice Thursday shouldn't signal a forthcoming return. He could rejoin the team for full practice at some point next week, at which point the Predators will be able to provide another update on his progress in recovering from the injury.
News: Jake Muzzin delivered the game-winning goal against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. Analysis: Jake Muzzin handled a soft pass from Anze Kopitar late in third period and triggered the lamp from just inside the blue line. He's been a pleasant surprise this season with six goals and 17 assists in 42 games.
News: Cory Schneider will be in the crease for Friday's game against the Penguins, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Cory Schneider will lead off the Devils' weekend back-to-back set, but he'll probably need to quiet the Penguins and face a minimal amount of shots in order to pick up another start Saturday against the Panthers. The netminder dazzled in his first start since the All-Star break Wednesday night, holding the Leafs to one goal on 30 shots in a shootout victory.
News: Mike Cammalleri is nursing some soreness and was unable to practice Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: The practice appeared to be optional, so it could be the case where Mike Cammalleri was taking a maintenance day more than anything. However, because of the myriad injuries Cammalleri has dealt with the past two seasons, it's still worth following up on his status after Friday's morning skate just to be certain that he'll suit up for the game later that evening against the Penguins.