Pekka Rinne G NAS 19 Hrs
Rinne will receive the start in goal Thursday against the Oilers, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
The matchup is about as cushy as it gets for Rinne, as the Oilers have dropped seven games in a row to tie the Sabres for the league's worst record. Rinne has been steamrolling just about every opponent this season, so expect him to have little trouble dispatching the feeble Oilers on his own ice.
Viktor Fasth G EDM 20 Hrs
Fasth will be between the pipes Thursday against the Predators, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Fasth has only marginally outperformed Ben Scrivens of late, but it will be enough for him to earn his third start in four games. He's still been an underachiever by and large this season, carrying a 2-5-1 record, 3.32 GAA and .893 save percentage. He'll have little chance at upsetting the Predators and Vezina Trophy candidate Pekka Rinne at their own arena.
Jason Akeson RW PHI 20 Hrs
Akeson was waived by the Flyers on Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Akeson received the opportunity to compete for a top-six role with the Flyers in training camp, but was never able to gain much momentum in the job battle. Forced to settle for checking-line duties for most of the season, Akeson has predictably struggled to provide much offense, accumulating no points and seven shots on goal over 12 games. The Flyers will hope to sneak him back to AHL Lehigh Valley in an attempt to help him rediscover his scoring touch.
Devin Setoguchi RW CGY 20 Hrs
Setoguchi cleared waivers Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Setoguchi will now have to decide if he wants to report to AHL Adirondack or pursue an opportunity with another organization. Corban Knight is expected to be recalled by the Flames from Adirondack now that Setoguchi's roster spot has been vacated.
Zack Kassian RW VAN 20 Hrs
Kassian took a slash to the arm in Tuesday's win over the Devils and didn't travel with the team to Columbus in advance of Friday's game Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Friday's game will mark the start of a seven-game road trip for the Canucks, so the fact that Kassian isn't traveling with the team wouldn't seem encouraging. It's possible he could rejoin the Canucks on the trip at some point if he's able to practice on his own back in Vancouver, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without his services for the next few games. The recent return to health by winger Alex Burrows lessens the Canucks' need to have Kassian available.
Carey Price G MON 20 Hrs
Price will be in the crease Friday against the Sabres.
Price will make the first turn for the Canadiens in a back-to-back set with the Sabres, but look for backup Dustin Tokarski to get the nod for the second game Saturday. Price will enter Friday's contest coming off his second shutout of the season, a dazzling 33-save effort to keep the rival Bruins off the board last Saturday.
Tyler Myers D BUF 20 Hrs
Myers (undisclosed) is questionable to play Friday against the Canadiens, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
After he was a surprise scratch Wednesday with the injury, Myers was unable to practice Thursday morning. The team will reassess his condition following Friday's early skate before determining if he'll be fit to play. Andre Benoit would take Myers' spot in the lineup in the event he can't go.
Jhonas Enroth G BUF 20 Hrs
Enroth is considered likely to start Friday's game against the Canadiens, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
It would seem Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is just about ready to go since the Sabres sent Nathan Lieuwen back to the minors earlier this week, but Enroth will make at least one more turn in the net. The Sabres and Canadiens will get together Saturday for the second game of a home-and-home, so it's possible that Neuvirth could return to action at that point. Though Neuvirth looked to have the stranglehold on the No. 1 job prior to suffering the injury, Enroth has made a strong case for further duty by stopping 86-of-90 shot attempts (.955 save percentage) over his last three appearances.
David Krejci C BOS 20 Hrs
Krejci (groin) didn't practice Thursday and will likely remain out again Friday versus the Jets, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.
Krejci has shown no signs of progressing from his suspected groin pull since his surprising scratch last week, and it appears he could be in danger of missing several more games. After Friday's home tilt, the Bruins will embark on a four-game road swing beginning Dec. 1, with GM Peter Chiarelli declaring it was "unclear" if Krejci would join the team for the trip, according to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa.
Bryan Bickell LW CHI 20 Hrs
Bickell bagged his third goal of the season in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche.
The versatile Bickell has been used on a number of lines and has bounced on and off the team's power-play this season, but nothing has really allowed his production to take off. He's supplied eight points through 22 games and probably won't see many more opportunities in the Blackhawks' top-six forwards while Kris Versteeg continues to thrive.