News: Stu Bickel was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's loss to Boston. Analysis: Stu Bickel has been relegated to the bench even while several Wild defensemen were sick. He may be set to the AHL when the sick players return.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury (illness) will start Thursday's game against the Avalanche, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury appeared to be facing some sort of absence after coming down with an illness Wednesday, but tests revealed he is not dealing with the mumps virus, and it turns out his illness should not cost him any action at all. Fleury will take on a Colorado team that has won just one of its last six games entering Thursday's contest.
News: Sidney Crosby (illness) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Avalanche. Analysis: Sidney Crosby was able to participate in Thursday's morning skate, but the Penguins won't make a final call on his status for Thursday's contest until just before game time. Be sure to check for another update on Crosby's status before the first puck drops.
News: Lars Eller (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Ducks, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Analysis: Lars Eller is on the verge of returning after missing the last four games, and he could take the ice Thursday night. If he does not play Thursday, it seems likely Eller will be ready to go for Montreal's next game Saturday against the Senators.
News: Head coach Bill Peters hopes Alexander Semin (lower body) will be able to return to action this weekend, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin will miss at least one more game Thursday night, but he has nearly recovered from his lower body injury, so it's possible he could be in the lineup for one or both of the two games the Hurricanes will play against the Rangers this weekend.
News: Cam Ward will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Cam Ward will be looking to get back in the win column after losing four straight starts. That certainly will not come easy, however, with Carolina taking on a Toronto squad that currently leads the league with 3.45 goals per game.
News: Steve Mason will be in goal for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Steve Mason played well in defeat in his last start, so he will hope for a similar performance but a different outcome Thursday night. He will take on a Florida squad that comes in 27th in the NHL with 2.17 goals per game.
News: Thomas Greiss is being tested for the mumps. Analysis: Thomas Greiss' short-term status is in question until it is determined what type of ailment he is dealing with. He was in position to see added playing time with fellow goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury potentially dealing with the mumps, but an exam cleared Fleury of any mumps symptoms, and it is now Greiss who could be the one missing time due to the illness making its way around the league.
News: Michael Stone (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com and remains day-to-day. Analysis: Michael Stone left Tuesday's game against the Oilers early in the first period and should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings until he can return to practice.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) didn't practice Wednesday and remains day-to-day, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles until he returns to practice.