Jarred Tinordi
Coyotes' Jarred Tinordi: Will play Friday
Jarred Tinordi, D, ARI
9:48 PM
News: Tinordi (lower body) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Friday against the Ducks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Tinordi, who hasn't registered a point in three games with the Yotes this season, is expected to skate alongside Zbynek Michalek on Arizona's second pairing in Friday's contest.

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Johnny Boychuk
Islanders' Johnny Boychuk: Expected to return Saturday
Johnny Boychuk, D, NYI
6:44 PM
News: Boychuk (shoulder) is expected to return for the Islanders in Detroit on Saturday, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Boychuk hasn't played since dislocating his shoulder New Year's Eve versus the Sabres. The Islanders have been a .500 team without him (5-5-1) and will welcome his physical play and rocket shot back into the lineup.

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Brooks Orpik
Capitals' Brooks Orpik: Out at least two more games
Brooks Orpik, D, WAS
4:52 PM
News: Orpik (lower body) practiced Friday but will miss games this Saturday and Sunday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

Orpik has not played since Nov. 10, when he sustained the lower-body ailment in a game against the Red Wings. While there still does not appear to be a clear timetable for the defenseman's return, it's encouraging that he was able to participate in a morning skate Tuesday and also Friday's practice. Look for the Capitals to reevaluate the 35-year-old before Tuesday's road tilt with the Predators.

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Brent Regner
Panthers' Brent Regner: Recalled by Panthers
Brent Regner, D, FLA
3:46 PM
News: Regner was recalled by the Panthers on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Regner will likely provide insurance along the blue line for the Panthers, with the news that Steve Kampfer had ice on his knee Friday. If Kampfer were unavailable for Saturday's contest against the Penguins, Regner would presumably draw into the lineup in his place. However, it's quite possible the 26-year-old defenseman's stint with the parent club won't last long.

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Yannick Weber
Canucks' Yannick Weber: Waived by Canucks
Yannick Weber, D, VAN
3:36 PM
News: Weber was waived by the Canucks on Friday.

This development comes as a bit of a surprise, as the 33-year-old blueliner was fully expected to return to Vancouver's lineup Saturday against the Flames after missing the Canucks' previous 21 games with a facial fracture. Assuming he goes unclaimed, Hamhuis will likely be assigned to AHL Utica after passing through waivers.

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Adam McQuaid
Bruins' Adam McQuaid: Not taking contact
Adam McQuaid, D, BOS
2:44 PM
News: McQuaid (upper body) has continued to practice with the team, but has yet to be cleared for contact.

All things considered, head coach Claude Julien seems optimistic that McQuaid will be returning in the near future when he stated that the team would"probably evaluate here sooner than later as far as taking the next step." McQuaid has never been a big points producer, but the Bruins will welcome back his solid defensive play with open arms.

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Kevin Klein
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Could return Saturday
Kevin Klein, D, NYR
2:36 PM
News: Klein (thumb) could return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Klein's fractured thumb appears to be less of an issue than originally thought, and his return to practice Thursday certainly bodes well for his chances of rejoining the lineup sooner rather than later. The call on the blueliner's status for Saturday's contest will likely come on gameday, so expect another update when that happens.

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T.J. Brodie
Flames' T.J. Brodie: Suiting up Friday
T.J. Brodie, D, CGY
1:54 PM
News: Brodie (lower body) will be in the lineup for Friday's tilt with Columbus, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.

The Flames will be breathing a huge sigh of relief with the news, as Brodie is an absolute horse on their blueline. While plus-minus rating isn't always a useful stat by itself, when you consider the fact that the Flames are a porous defensive team, Brodie's plus-8 rating is indicative of just how good he's been this season.

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Aaron Ness
Capitals' Aaron Ness: Reassigned to AHL
Aaron Ness, D, WAS
1:40 PM
News: Ness was sent down to AHL Hersey on Friday.

Ness did not suit up during this most recent call up and has played in eight games this season in which he garnered a pair of points. In the AHL this season, the 25-year-old has been dishing out assists left and right, as he's recorded 13 helpers in only 32 contests.

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Dmitry Orlov
Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Grabs helper Thursday
Dmitry Orlov, D, WAS
12:44 PM
News: Orlov recorded an assist and 14:04 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Islanders.

Orlov is on pace for a career season with four goals and 18 points and a plus-9 rating in 49 games so far this season. While a valuable member of a Capitals defense corps that is exceeding expectations, his lack of power-play time and top-four minutes limit his fantasy value to deeper leagues at the moment.

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