Josh Harding
No Timetable For Harding's Return From MS Setback
Josh Harding, G, MIN
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News: Josh Harding has yet to return to practice with Iowa teammates since being hospitalized for dehydration after playing two periods for AHL Iowa on Dec. 6, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The dehydration episode was related to his multiple sclerosis.
Analysis: There's no timetable for his return and it sounds like this could be a significant setback to his multiple sclerosis issues.

Bryce Salvador
Devils' Salvador Still Not Skating
Bryce Salvador, D, NJ
12:11 AM
News: Bryce Salvador (lower body) has yet to resume skating since landing on injured reserve Nov. 17, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Analysis: Bryce Salvador suggested that he's making progress, but he has yet to show anything tangible that would indicate as much. The 38-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Devils and could be headed for retirement once the season concludes.

Jaden Schwartz
Blues' Schwartz (Foot) "Week-To-Week"
Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL
News: Jaden Schwartz is dealing with a foot injury, and the team has classified him as "week-to-week,"'s Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Jaden Schwartz has produced 11 goals and 16 helpers on the season, but the winger won't be deployed by St. Louis in the short term. He appears to have suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Kings, but little is known regarding the exact nature of his condition at the moment.

Damon Severson
Davils' Severson (Lower Body) Scratched Wednesday
Damon Severson, D, NJ
News: Damon Severson will not play Wednesday due to a lower body injury.
Analysis: Damon Severson was a bit of a surprise scratch, as no signs of his potential absence surfaced until right before game time. He'll look to return Friday night against the Lightning.

Darcy Kuemper
Wild's Kuemper Unavailable Wednesday
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN
News: Darcy Kuemper (illness) will not be available Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: With Darcy Kuemper out, Niklas Backstrom will start for the Wild on Wednesday, and John Curry will serve as his backup. It's not clear how much longer Kuemper will be sidelined, but consider him questionable for Minnesota's next game Saturday.

Oscar Klefbom
Oilers' Klefbom To Miss Third Straight
Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM
News: Oscar Klefbom (foot) is expected miss his third straight game Thursday against the Sharks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: Oscar Klefbom was able to practice Wednesday, but the Oilers want to proceed cautiously with ushering him back into the lineup. Instead, Klefbom will likely be eyeing a return to action Sunday versus the Stars.

Boyd Gordon
Oilers' Gordon Set To Return Thursday
Boyd Gordon, C, EDM
News: Boyd Gordon (back) is set to return to the lineup Thursday against the Sharks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: Boyd Gordon took part in rushes with the fourth line at Wednesday's practice and should be formally activated from IR on Thursday morning. He missed just over a week with the back issue. The Oilers will be glad to welcome their top face-off artist back to the lineup, but he won't be able to provide the offensive lift the Oilers desperately need right now.

Robert Bortuzzo
Penguins Place Bortuzzo On IR
Robert Bortuzzo, D, PIT
News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo is dealing with the combination of an upper-body injury and an illness that could be related to the mumps, which would have put his status in peril for Thursday's tilt with the Avalanche. As a result, the Penguins elected to move him to injured reserve in order to open up an extra roster spot. Look for the team to recall an extra player prior to Thursday's game.

Semyon Varlamov
Avs Move Varlamov To IR
Semyon Varlamov, G, COL
News: Semyon Varlamov (groin) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The Avs likely made the move just to open up an extra roster spot, as Semyon Varlamov wasn't set to travel with the team for their next three games. Varlamov was able to get in an on-ice workout Wednesday, but won't be able to practice with the rest of the Avs until they return from their road trip, which concludes Sunday.

Kyle Palmieri
Ducks Place Palmieri On IR
Kyle Palmieri, RW, ANA
News: Kyle Palmieri (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: It was suggested that Kyle Palmieri would be out indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs, so the Ducks' decision to shuttle him to IR isn't an unforeseen development. Emerson Etem was recalled earlier in the day, ostensibly to take over Palmieri's spot on the Ducks' second line.

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