Ryan Murray D CLS 2 Days
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray (knee) could be cleared to return next week, Shawn Mitchell of the COlumbus Dispatch reports.
Murray resumed practicing almost two weeks ago and would seem to be progressing steadily in his recovery from the knee issue, which has been problematic since he underwent arthroscopic surgery in March. The rearguard was limited to just four games before his knee starting bothering him again, which has kept him out of the lineup since Nov. 1. The Blue Jackets will proceed cautiously with bringing him back in the fold due to the multiple setbacks he's already suffered with his knee, but it does appear likely we'll see him back in action again at some point in February.
Artem Anisimov C CLS 2 Days
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Anisimov (triceps) could be cleared to play next week, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Anisimov has been sidelined since late November with the injury. He's been limited to skating on his own to this point, but Kekalainen's words suggest he could be close to rejoining the team for a full-contact practice. Once that happens, the Blue Jackets will likely have a better inkling of a possible return date for the center.
Tyler Seguin C DAL 2 Days
Seguin had nine shots through 23:04 of ice time, but failed to score in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Even with that doughnut, Seguin leads the league with 28 goals entering the break. He's also, unsurprisingly, raking in the shots, with 192 on the season, the second highest total in the league.
Andrew Ebbett C PIT 2 Days
Ebbett was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Ebbett was one of three Penguins players sent back to the minors with the NHL breaking for the All-Star Game. The depth center has six points in 18 games for the Penguins this season.
Jamie Benn LW DAL 2 Days
Benn had six shots, but didn't manage to collect a point in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Benn has been boom or bust in recent weeks, not registering a point in three of his last five games, but posting a goal and three assists in the two games where he did tally.
Derrick Pouliot D PIT 2 Days
Pouliot was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Pouliot had been subbing in for Kris Letang, who missed the game with a head injury. Letang's odds of being able to play immediately after the break don't appear promising at this juncture, so there's a good chance Pouliot will return to the parent club in short order.
Joe Pavelski C SAN 2 Days
Pavelski scored a goal and played a whopping 22:39 in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.
That goal puts The Big Pavelski on a three-game point streak and brings his season total to 24 goals, fifth best in the NHL. It was a power play goal as well on Wednesday, raising his league-leading total of 12 power play goals.
Scott Harrington D PIT 2 Days
Harrington was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It's just a measure to get the young blueliner some playing time while the NHL breaks for the All-Star Game. Harrington is still looking for his first point in nine games this season.
Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Days
Thornton had an assist and a pair of shots in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
That puts Thornton on a three-game point streak entering the All-Star Break. He's a ways from his torrid 65-assist pace from last season, but in just 44 games, he's one goal shy of last season's total of 11. You're getting more goals than you expected from Thornton, but not hitting the total points high you got from him last year.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 2 Days
Vlasic had an assist, a pair of shots, and 26:03 in ice time in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
Vlasic enters the All-Star Break with six goals and 10 assists on the season. He's tied a career high in goals and is just shy of a career-pace for points. He's having a solid season, but remains a ways from being a top tier fantasy option on the blue line.