Keith Ballard
Wild's Ballard Still Feeling Ill
Keith Ballard, D, MIN
10:56 AM
News: Keith Ballard (illness) hasn't shown much improvement with his condition, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard visited doctors for more blood work Wednesday with the hope of getting a better handle on how to treat the illness. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and has no clear timetable for a return.

Jonas Brodin
Wild's Brodin Hopes To Return Saturday
Jonas Brodin, D, MIN
10:53 AM
News: Coach Mike Yeo said he's hopeful that Jonas Brodin (hand) can return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Though Jonas Brodin was ruled out for the second straight game Thursday, the defenseman was able to skate for about 40 minutes and get in some stick-handling work prior to the team's morning skate. Brodin appears to be bothered by a hand injury that he sustained in Monday's loss to the Rangers, but the Wild seem to be viewing the ailment as a day-to-day concern.

Joakim Lindstrom
Blues' Lindstrom Likely Out Thursday
Joakim Lindstrom, LW, STL
10:48 AM
News: Joakim Lindstrom is dealing with a bacterial illness and isn't expected to play Thursday against the Ducks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: The latest victim of the bacterial illness that has impacted a number of Blues skaters this season, Joakim Lindstrom wasn't able to take part in the morning skate and looks set to miss his first game of the season. With David Backes and T.J. Oshie also ruled out indefinitely with concussions earlier in the day and thus unable to play, the Blues will likely recall a forward or two from AHL Chicago prior to Thursday's game.

Paul Stastny
Blues' Stastny Remains Out Thursday
Paul Stastny, C, STL
10:41 AM
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Paul Stastny (upper body) would not play Thursday against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Paul Stastny looked poised to make his return from injured reserve after taking part in the team's morning skate, but it appears he was just a placeholder for T.J. Oshie, who was diagnosed with a concussion and unable to take the ice. On a more encouraging note, Stastny does seem to be very close to a return based on his on-ice participation the last several days, but an activation won't come until prior to Saturday's game with Colorado, at the earliest.

Antti Niemi
Sharks Go With Niemi On Thursday
Antti Niemi, G, SJ
10:35 AM
News: Antti Niemi will be in the net Thursday against the Wild, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: After impressive back-to-back showings in wins over the Ducks and Avalanche, Antti Niemi has begun to create some separation from Alex Stalock in the goalie timeshare. He'll make his third consecutive start Thursday and could further entrench himself as the Sharks' No. 1 goalie if he's able to outplay the Wild's Darcy Kuemper, who has been one of the league's best netminders over the season's first month.

John Gibson
Ducks Sticking With Gibson On Thursday
John Gibson, G, ANA
10:30 AM
News: John Gibson will be in goal Thursday against the Blues, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Though Frederik Andersen has been spectacular as the Ducks' nominal No. 1 goalie this season, coach Bruce Boudreau remains committed to playing John Gibson at least semi-regularly in order to give the 21-year-old some meaningful development time. As such, Gibson will start for the third time in four games on the heels of his shutout of the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Andersen probably would have received Thursday's start if it wasn't the front end of a back-to-back, so he'll more than likely start Friday in Dallas and while continuing to maintain the larger portion of the timeshare. In any event, no matter if it's Andersen or Gibson in the crease for the Ducks on a given night, either netminder should represent an ideal fantasy option.

Stu Bickel
Wild Assign Bickel To AHL Iowa
Stu Bickel, D, MIN
10:21 AM
News: The Wild assigned Stu Bickel to AHL Iowa on Thursday.
Analysis: Stu Bickel, who did not appear in a game after being recalled Tuesday, was removed from the roster to open a spot for Stephane Veilleux.

Stephane Veilleux
Wild Recall Veilleux
Stephane Veilleux, LW, MIN
10:20 AM
News: The Wild recalled Stephane Veilleux from AHL Iowa on Thursday.
Analysis: Stephane Veilleux will jump right into the lineup and replace Stu Bickel on the roster. Veilleux, who appeared in 34 games with the Wild last season, did not record a point in seven games with Iowa during the current campaign.

Ondrej Pavelec
Jets' Pavelec To Start Thursday
Ondrej Pavelec, G, WPG
10:17 AM
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Devils, according to Tom Gulitti of The Record.
Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec will be looking for his third straight win, and fourth in five starts, Thursday night. He will face a Devils squad that has not scored more than three goals in a game since they did so in their first two games of the season.

T.J. Oshie
Blues' Oshie Diagnosed With Concussion
T.J. Oshie, RW, STL
10:14 AM
News: T.J. Oshie has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: T.J. Oshie didn't take part in Wednesday's optional practice, but there was no indication that he suffered any sort of injury a day earlier in the game against Dallas. However, after a later evaluation from the team's medical staff confirmed the concussion, Oshie faces an uncertain return date, given the volatile timetables the head injury can bring. Coach Ken Hitchcock also acknowledged Oshie had "something else going on as well," perhaps alluding to the bacterial disease that has been spreading around the Blues' locker room the last couple of weeks.

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