John Scott D SAN 4 Hrs
John Scott will draw back into the San Jose lineup on Thursday against Edmonton, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Scott has been out of the lineup since the Sharks had a home-and-home against Edmonton on December 7 and 9. He remains a player with very limited fantasy value, not least of all because you just don't know how many games he's going to play this year.
Antti Niemi G SAN 4 Hrs
Niemi will be in the crease Thursday against the Oilers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
With Edmonton entering play Thursday with losses in 15 of their 16 games, Niemi couldn't ask for a more favorable matchup than this. He returned last weekend in dominant fashion after dealing with an undisclosed injury earlier in the week, submitting a 29-save shutout to silence an excellent Predators squad.
Antti Niemi G SAN 4 Hrs
Niemi will get the start on Thursday against Edmonton, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Niemi is coming off a 29-save shutout against Nashville on Saturday and looking to keep some good momentum going. The game before he stopped 33 of 35 for a .943 save percentage.
Mark Stuart D WPG 4 Hrs
Coach Paul Maurice announced Thursday that Stuart would be out until February with a lower-body injury.
Winnipeg's situation on defense has turned from troubling to dire, as Stuart's absence means that all of the Jets' top four blueliners are now out with significant injuries. Though Stuart offers the least offensive ability of those four players, he's arguably the most feisty, as he leads the team in blocked shots (74) and ranks fifth in hits (74). He apparently suffered the injury during a fight in Tuesday's 5-1 rout of the Sabres.
Craig Anderson G OTT 4 Hrs
Anderson will make the start in the crease Friday against the Ducks, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Anderson came through with a much-needed shutout Wednesday against the Devils, which followed a three-game stretch where he surrendered 10 goals. While his hold on the No. 1 job remains tenuous, Anderson can carry some value when the matchup favors him. It doesn't appear that will be the case Friday against a superior Ducks squad.
Kyle Palmieri RW ANA 4 Hrs
Palmieri (shoulder) is aiming to return to the Anaheim lineup Dec. 27 in Arizona, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Though Palmieri is set to undergo further testing to determine the full extent of his shoulder injury, he didn't sound concerned about a long-term absence being in play. He could be cleared to practice at some point next week.
Joey Crabb RW NYR 4 Hrs
Crabb is being isolated from his teammates at AHL Hartford on Thursday and will be evaluated for the mumps virus.
Acquired from the Panthers near the end of training camp, Crabb has spent all season with Hartford, where he's produced seven points in 22 games. The mumps outbreak hasn't hit the minor leagues to the same extent it has in the NHL, but the organization obviously wants to take every precaution against further contamination if Crabb is confirmed to have the virus.
Josh Gorges D BUF 4 Hrs
Gorges (undisclosed) expects to return to the lineup Saturday against the Avalanche, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Gorges missed the last two games due to the injury, but a three-day break in the Sabres' schedule looks like it will provide the defenseman with enough time to return to full health. His impending return would likely bump Andrej Meszaros out of the Buffalo lineup.
Mark Fraser D EDM 4 Hrs
Fraser was placed on waivers Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Fraser signed with the Devils on a two-way deal in the offseason, but he has spent the entire season with the team's AHL affiliate in Albany. His placement on waivers could be for the purpose of releasing him, as the defenseman may prefer to pursue another opportunity at this time.
Brandon Kozun RW TOR 5 Hrs
Kozun cleared waivers Thursday and was reassigned to AHL Toronto, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
Kozun had been a scratch in almost every game for the Maple Leafs since returning from an ankle injury earlier in December. He'll likely skate in a top-six role with the AHL club and provide a needed scoring punch.