Martin Havlat RW NJ 5 Hrs
Havlat did not take part in Thursday's practice, The Ledger reports.
The reason for Havlat's absence was not provided, so it puts into question his availability for the Devils' next game Friday. Expect an update on his status prior to the beginning of Friday's matchup with the Stars.
Niklas Svedberg G BOS 5 Hrs
Svedberg is expected to be between the pipes Thursday's game against the Islanders.
Svedberg was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Thursday night. Svedberg has shined in limited action this season, posting a 0.91 GAA by giving up just two goals in 132:18 TOI.
Jordin Tootoo RW NJ 5 Hrs
Tootoo (foot) will not play in the Devils' next two games Friday and Saturday, Rich Chere of The Ledger reports.
GM Lou Lamoriello would not reveal the results of the X-rays taken of Tootoo's foot, but he did rule Tootoo out for both of the Devils' games this weekend. It's not clear if Tootoo will miss further action beyond Saturday's game, but his next opportunity to take the ice will come Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Mike Green D WAS 6 Hrs
Green found the back of the net in Wednesday's loss to the Oilers.
Green has looked like the high-scoring blueliner of yore in the early stages of the season, as he's already posted three goals and three assists over five games. Injuries are a perpetual concern for the blueliner, but when he's healthy, few defensemen in the league offer as much offensive upside.
Nikita Nikitin D EDM 6 Hrs
Nikitin scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Capitals.
Nikitin's power-play marker with 3:52 remaining in the second period gave him his first goal and second point of the season. The Oilers won't usually count on Nikitin for much on the offensive end, as his size and physicality on defense are the primary reasons Edmonton signed him to a two-year deal in the offseason.
Justin Schultz D EDM 6 Hrs
Schultz scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
The 24-year-old has now found the twine in consecutive games, after managing only one point in his first five contests. Schultz is still prone to lapses on his own end -- he let the Caps' Alex Ovechkin glide by him easily in the third period for what was nearly the game-tying score -- but he's far and away the Oilers' top scoring threat from the blue line.
Leon Draisaitl F EDM 6 Hrs
Draisaitl picked up an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
Though Wednesday represented one of the better showings of his brief career, Draisaitl, 18, hasn't adjusted well to the jump from juniors to the NHL. Working as the club's second- or third-line center, Draisaitl has accumulated just two points, 11 shots and a minus-5 rating over seven games. Unless he heats up over his next two outings, Draisaitl may be forced to head back to the WHL once his nine-game trial period comes to a conclusion.
Slava Voynov D LA 7 Hrs
Voynov's attorney is hopeful that the indefinite suspension could be lifted soon, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Voynov's attorney contends that the criminal case against Voynov has no merit and that the injuries and subsequent investigation were muddied by some language issues on both sides. Voynov figures to miss his first game since the incident when the Kings take on the Sabres on Thursday.
Alexander Wennberg C CLS 8 Hrs
Wennberg will center the Blue Jackets' second line on Thursday, skating between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
To date the rookie, who has just one assist and a minus-6 rating through five games, had been working on the wing, but Jackets coach Todd Richards is using the club's west coast swing as an opportunity to shake up his forward lines. Hopefully, playing his natural position will light a spark under Wennberg.
R. J. Umberger C PHI 8 Hrs
Umberger collected a goal, an assist, and five PIM in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
It's the 32-year-old's first goal with his original team, and he seems to have settled in nicely. He's averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time, which fantasy owners hope will lead to a return to an 80-plus points season.