12/08/13 - 7:50PM ETDougie Hamilton
: Likely Out This Week With Lower-Body Injury
Hamilton suffered a lower-body injury during Sunday's 5-2 win over Toronto, and the defenseman is not expected to be available for this week's games.
It sounds like Hamilton will be out for Tuesday's game in Calgary and Thursday's game in Edmonton, with his status beyond that still in question. While he has just seven points through 28 games, Hamilton is a key piece for the Boston defense and owns an impressive plus-nine rating.
Lecavalier (back) has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture and is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
The back issue has already cost Lecavalier more than a week, and it sounds like he may be out up to another month. Initially, it was believed that Lecavalier was just dealing with spasms, but upon further examination, he's been found to have a slight fracture. A trip to IR seems like an inevitability for the 33-year-old.
12/08/13 - 8:28AM ETChris Kelly
: Suffers Broken Ankle Saturday
Kelly was diagnosed with a broken ankle, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Kelly took a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis during Saturday's game and left the ice immediately after. He tried to return but was unable and tests revealed the break. He'll be placed on IR either Sunday or Monday and is likely to be out for at least a month.
Lecavalier (back) left the team to return to Philadelphia for tests, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Lecavalier has missed the last three games with back spasms, but the team was encouraged by his participation in Saturday's morning skate. Unfortunately though, his back did not respond well afterwards and he's going to need to have some tests run to find the root of the problem. Continue to view him as day-to-day, but a diagnosis likely won't be available until early in the week.
Eriksson suffered a concussion Saturday against the Penguins and won't travel with the Bruins for Sunday's game against the Maple Leafs.
Eriksson missed time with a concussion earlier this season, so we'd expect the Bruins to proceed cautiously with him here. Meanwhile, Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly won't be available for Sunday's game either, so the Bruins will need to call up a couple of forwards from AHL Providence.
12/07/13 - 4:59PM ETAlex Steen
: (Illness) In Lineup Saturday
Steen (illness) will play Saturday against the Ducks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Though probably still somewhat under the weather, Steen showed enough improvement by the time pregame warmups rolled around to give it a go Saturday. Go ahead and insert him in your lineups before they lock.
12/07/13 - 4:34PM ETLoui Erikkson
: Leaves Saturday Following Collision
Erikkson (undisclosed) will not return to Saturday's game following a hit from the Pens' Brooks Orpik, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Erikkson was flattened by Orpik early in the first period and appeared to be very woozy as he headed to the locker room. Fantasy owners have to be worried about another potential concussion here after Eriksson sustained one earlier this season on an illegal hit by the Sabres' John Scott.
12/07/13 - 3:53PM ETPascal Dupuis
: (Lower Body) Will Play Saturday
Dupuis will play Saturday against the Bruins.
Dupuis wasn't skating especially fluidly during pregame warmups, but well enough to draw back into the lineup without having to miss any action. He'll be slotted back in at right wing on Sidney Crosby's line.
12/07/13 - 2:23PM ETTyler Seguin
: Scores Hat Trick In One Period
Seguin scored three goals and added an assist - all in the second period - in Saturday's win over the Flyers.
Seguin had turned in a string of uninspiring performances coming back from a recent concussion but was able to bust out in a big way Saturday, having a hand in all four scores in a huge second period for the Stars. He's now back to a point-per-game pace on the season and should continue to deliver excellent returns for fantasy owners.
12/07/13 - 1:57PM ETShea Weber
: (Eye) Will Play Saturday
Weber (eye) will be back in the lineup Saturday vs. the Capitals, Willy Daunic of 102.5 The Game reports.
The Predators confirmed their star defenseman's return from the eye injury after he traveled with the team and took part in morning skate with no apparent setbacks. Weber had been sidelined for the past week after he was hit in the face by a puck, blurring his vision temporarily. He'll wear a visor Saturday to protect against something similar happening again and should see his usual 26 minutes of ice time.
Wisniewski (upper body) will miss at least two games due to injury, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
After Wisniewski was re-evaluated Saturday morning upon suffering the injury in Friday night's game, the Blue Jackets' medical staff determined that resting the defenseman for a few days was the best course of action for now. Wisniewski will be re-evaluated again following Tuesday's tilt with the Devils with the hope that he'll be good to go for future contests.
Wisniewski sustained an upper-body injury in Friday's win over the Wild, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Coach Todd Richards said Wisniewski would receive further testing Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. He was held scoreless in 18:37 of ice time against the Wild but finished with a plus-3 rating to boost him onto the positive side of his net plus/minus figure for the season.
Steen (illness) is a game-time decision Saturday vs. the Ducks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Steen wasn't present at morning skate after coming down with the illness overnight, so for now, the team will wait and see how he's feeling closer to game time. He's been an unforeseen fantasy stud this season with 32 points in 27 games, so even a potential one-game absence is major news for his owners.
Holtby will start Saturday's contest against Nashville, according to Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.
Holtby was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will look to bounce back after a rough outing Wednesday against Carolina where he was pulled in the third period after allowing four goals on 23 shots.
Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings on Saturday when they face the Panthers, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Gustavsson gets back-to-back starts after Friday's 10-save snoozer against the Devils. He saw almost no action during the game so he's still plenty fresh for a Saturday tilt. The Wings' backup is now 8-0-1 on the season with a 2.04 GAA and .928 save percentage.
GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday that Boychuk has been diagnosed with a back sprain that will sideline the blueliner for approximately three-to-seven days, the Bruins' official site reports.
This is tremendous news in the aftermath of Boychuk being carted off the ice Thursday after being hit from behind into the boards. While he'll miss some time, the timetable outlined underscores that Boychuk avoided a serious injury. With fellow defender Adam McQuaid day-to-day, Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski are in line to fill in on the Boston back line in the short term.
MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the Avalanche held on for a 3-2 win over the Flames on Friday.
MacKinnon continued his recent surge with Friday's goal and now has three goals and one assist over his last four games. The first pick overall in the 2013 draft, MacKinnon is enjoying a solid rookie season with six goals and 11 assists over 27 games this season and has shown that there is plenty more to come.
Dwyer (upper body) missed Friday's win over San Jose, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.
Dwyer played in Thursday's contest against Nashville, grabbing an assist. There's no word on the severity of the injury for Dwyer.
Friday, December 6
12/06/13 - 10:38AM ETVictor Hedman
: (Lower Body) Out At Least one Week
Coach Jon Cooper said Hedman (lower body) would remain off the ice for at least a week, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Cooper said Hedman would be reevaluated once the week is up, but he still might need time beyond that for the injury to heal up before returning to practice. The Lightning are incredibly banged up defensively at the moment, and Hedman's absence will negatively impact the team's attack as well. The 22-year-old is poised to set career bests in both goals and assists this season, which still might be achievable if he doesn't miss too much time.
Malkin (lower body) will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Boston, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Coach Dan Bylsma said the star forward is still day-to-day with the injury, as the team hopes the weekend off will allow him to be ready to go in time for next week's slate of games. The Penguins are dealing with numerous injuries to their forward ranks at the moment, with Malkin's absence being chief among them. He had compiled 19 points over his previous nine games before suffering the injury.
Coach Craig Berube ruled Lecavalier (back) out for Saturday's game against the Stars, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Lecavalier's back still hasn't fully recovered after he received treatment earlier this week, so the team will wait and see how he feels after getting the weekend off. He'll be missing his third straight game with the injury.
12/06/13 - 5:45AM ETMichael Bournival
: Moves Up
Bournival was promoted to the Tomas Plekanec line for Thursday night's game against Boston, Hockey Inside Out reports. He skated 18 shifts for 14:10 of ice time (1:39 on power play) with one shot, one blocked shot and one hit.
Bournival was moved off the fourth line during the Habs' previous game and earned himself a longer-term promotion.
Price stopped 32 of 33 shots in Thursday's win over Boston, his sixth consecutive win.
Price has been playing out of his mind this season, and particularly recently, having allowed two or fewer goals in nine straight contests. However, fantasy owners haven't forgotten his second-half disaster last year -- nor should they. Price has never been this good, but his name brand and his hot streak make him an interesting sell-high candidate.