Jimmy Howard
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Perfect in relief duty
Jimmy Howard, G, DET
11:00 PM
News: Howard, who returned from a groin injury, stopped all seven shots he faced in relief of a struggling Petr Mrazek in Friday's 4-1 home loss to the Blue Jackets.

Despite missing the past six games with the injury, Howard looked crisp in limited action between the pipes. The 32-year-old backstop didn't factor into this latest decision, but he's a disappointing 5-5-0 on the season in 13 games despite seemingly giving it his all with a 1.75 GAA and .942 save mark over that span. Given that Mrazek's started five times in the last two weeks, we wouldn't be surprised if Howard drew the start this Sunday versus the Flyers, but check back closer to that time for official confirmation.

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Petr Mrazek
Red Wings' Petr Mrazek: Replaced by Jimmy Howard in loss
Petr Mrazek, G, DET
10:45 PM
News: Mrazek was pulled from Friday's eventual loss to the Blue Jackets after allowing three goals on 17 shots in 33:28 between the pipes. Jimmy Howard, making his first appearance after missing the last six games with a groin injury, came on in relief to finish the game.

Mrazek left in the second period after surrendering the first career goal from rookie center Lukas Sedlak. Before that transpired, the Czech tender was fired up upon leaving the crease to cover the puck thinking there would be a stoppage of play, but the play continued and Brandon Dubinsky was able to tuck in a rebound once Mrazek frantically tried to cover the cage. With Howard back in action, Mrazek will be hard-pressed to earn more than a start or two each week.

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Mark Barberio
Canadiens' Mark Barberio: Called back up to Montreal
Mark Barberio, D, MON
9:55 PM
News: Barberio has been recalled from AHL St. John's.

Barberio comes back up to the big club after spending only one game away and in the wake of Greg Pateryn's broken ankle. He managed six shots in his last four games and did register 2:24 of powerplay time in his last game, so his currently meager production has potential for expansion.

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Jonathan Bernier
Ducks' Jonathan Bernier: Starting in goal Friday
Jonathan Bernier, G, ANA
9:45 PM
News: Bernier will indeed start Friday night's game against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

As expected, Bernier will make his eighth start of the season. He faces a Sharks team Friday that ranks 24th in the NHL with 2.38 goals per game.

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Michael McCarron
Canadiens' Michael McCarron: Called up from minors Friday
Michael McCarron, RW, MON
9:35 PM
News: McCarron was recalled from AHL St. John's on Friday.

McCarron played 20 games for the Canadiens last season, posting a goal, an assist, and 37 penalty minutes. Montreal is likely looking for a more physical presence and the 21-year-old can provide it in spades if he's given the chance, but don't count on him to snag a top-six role anytime soon.

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Carl Gunnarsson
Blues' Carl Gunnarsson: Late scratch Friday
Carl Gunnarsson, D, STL
7:30 PM
News: Gunnarsson is out of the lineup for Friday night's matchup in New Jersey and has been labeled day-to-day by the team.

It's unclear at this point if Gunnarsson sustained the injury during Thursday night's game against the Islanders or if it occurred during Friday's morning skate. Either way, the 30-year-old blueliner will miss his fifth game of the season. Recent call-up Brad Hunt is slated to take Gunnarsson's spot in the second defensive pairing.

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Jonathan Ericsson
Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson: Out against Columbus
Jonathan Ericsson, D, DET
7:20 PM
News: Ericsson will not suit up for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets due to back spasms and is considered day-to-day, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

This injury update seemingly comes out of nowhere, but such is generally the case with a tricky medical condition like back spasms. Niklas Kronwall and Xavier Ouellet are slated to take over second pairing duties with Ericsson out of the lineup.

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Nicolas Deslauriers
Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers: Returning to action Friday
Nicolas Deslauriers, LW, BUF
7:05 PM
News: Deslauriers (knee) is no longer on injured reserve and is in the lineup for Friday night's matchup against the Capitals.

Deslauriers returns after an absence of 19 games and will join Zemgus Girgensons and Matt Moulson on Buffalo's fourth line. Prior to his injury, Deslauriers was averaging only 8:44 of ice time and it doesn't look like that is going to increase significantly at the moment.

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Taylor Fedun
Sabres' Taylor Fedun: Out again Friday
Taylor Fedun, D, BUF
6:55 PM
News: Fedun (shoulder) did not take part in pregame warmups and so will not be available to play the Capitals on Friday night, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

Fedun's status as a game-time decision and the fact that the Sabres don't play again until Tuesday when they take on the Kings should both serve as indicators that the 28-year-old will be ready to go by next game. Justin Falk will likely continue to see ice time in Fedun's absence.

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Mike Condon
Senators' Mike Condon: Gets starting nod for Saturday's contest
Mike Condon, G, OTT
5:35 PM
News: Condon will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Kings, TSN 1200 reports.

Condon has been fantastic in limited action this season, posting a 4-1-2 record with a 1.77 GAA and .943 save percentage over seven appearances with the Senators. The American backstop will look to stay hot in a decent matchup with a slumping Kings team that has lost three of its last four games.

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