News: Pascal Dupuis (lower body) participated during Saturday's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: All signs point to a return to the lineup Saturday for Pascal Dupuis, but coach Dan Bylsma has yet to commit to his availability. It should be evident during pregame line rushes whether or not the winger with suit up Saturday.
News: Jay Pandolfo announced his retirement Friday after 15 NHL seasons, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports. Analysis: Jay Pandolfo, who played 13 of his 15 seasons with the Devils, retires with 100 career goals and two Stanley Cup victories to his name. He nearly added a third ring to his collection as a member of last season's Bruins squad that made it all the way to the Finals before bowing out to the Blackhawks.
News: Vernon Fiddler left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: No immediate information was available surrounding the circumstances of the injury or the extent of the damage. Vernon Fiddler will be listed as day-to-day until the Stars evaluate him in full after the game.
News: Interim coach Pete Horachek said Ed Jovanovski (hip) would be out until after Christmas at the earliest, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Ed Jovanovski appeared to be making some progress after resuming skating within the last month, but it's evidently going to be a slow process for the veteran defenseman, who underwent hip surgery last April. Even when he gets back on the ice, don't expect the 37-year-old to get tons of ice time for a team with an eye on rebuilding.
News: Vincent Lecavalier (back spasms) appears doubtful to play Monday vs. the Senators, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier was able to skate Saturday morning, but assistant GM Rox Hextall indicated the forward will need some more time to recover. He's missed the last three games for the Flyers but remains a possibility to make his return late next week.
News: Francois Beauchemin (upper body) is targeting a return to the lineup next Sunday against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Francois Beauchemin has resumed traveling with the team in an attempt to get back up to speed, but the defenseman said he's still only shooting the puck at about 50 percent right now. That will likely be the last obstacle he needs to clear before he's ushered back into the Ducks' lineup.
News: Alexander Steen (illness) will play Saturday against the Ducks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Though probably still somewhat under the weather, Alexander Steen showed enough improvement by the time pregame warmups rolled around to give it a go Saturday. Go ahead and insert him in your lineups before they lock.
News: Brooks Orpik was removed from Saturday's game on a stretcher following a punch to the head from the Bruins' Shawn Thornton, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Exacting revenge from Brooks Orpik's earlier hit that knocked teammate Loui Eriksson out of the game, with the difference being Thornton attacked Orpik after the whistle. It was a dirty hit that will probably result in some sort of suspension for Thornton and a possible concussion for Orpik.
News: Erikkson (undisclosed) will not return to Saturday's game following a hit from the Pens' Brooks Orpik, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Erikkson was flattened by Orpik early in the first period and appeared to be very woozy as he headed to the locker room. Fantasy owners have to be worried about another potential concussion here after Loui Eriksson sustained one earlier this season on an illegal hit by the Sabres' John Scott.
News: Marek Zidlicky will miss Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Since reeling off nine points in his first 11 games, Marek Zidlicky has been noticeably quiet, and the injury will keep things that way for at least another game. Peter Harrold enters the lineup in place of the ailing Zidlicky.