Chris Thorburn RW WPG 18 Hrs
Thorburn scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Sabres.
As his two points in 31 games would suggest, Thorburn isn't someone the Jets are looking to for offense most nights. Instead, he'll carry most of his value as a grinder on the checking line and a leader in the locker room.
Carl Hagelin LW NYR 18 Hrs
Hagelin tallied his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Oilers.
Hagelin has notched goals in back-to-back contests, giving him 13 points in 29 contests this season. However, he's currently skating on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Lee Stempniak, a role that won't afford him much more than 15 minutes per night. He's a solid depth scorer for the Rangers, but fantasy owners can likely do better.
Josh Harding G MIN 18 Hrs
Harding has yet to return to practice with Iowa teammates since being hospitalized for dehydration after playing two periods for AHL Iowa on Dec. 6, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The dehydration episode was related to his multiple sclerosis.
There's no timetable for his return and it sounds like this could be a significant setback to his multiple sclerosis issues.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 18 Hrs1 Comment
Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at the Stars' gameday skate and is slated to start Wednesday against the Canucks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Lehtonen has alternated wins in losses in his previous four December starts, continuing a trend of rather inconsistent play this season. He'll catch a bit of a break in matching up against Canucks backup goalie Eddie Lack on Tuesday, but it's still difficult to trust him at this point. The last time Lehtonen played Vancouver, he came away with a 6-3 victory during which he faced 46 shots. It wouldn't be shocking if another barnburner broke out again Wednesday.
Bryce Salvador D NJ 18 Hrs
Salvador (lower body) has yet to resume skating since landing on injured reserve Nov. 17, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Salvador suggested that he's making progress, but he has yet to show anything tangible that would indicate as much. The 38-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Devils and could be headed for retirement once the season concludes.
Corey Perry RW ANA 18 Hrs
Perry (knee) skated on his own back in Anaheim on Wednesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Perry isn't traveling with the Ducks on their road trip while he remains more than a few days away from playing, but his return to the ice does offer hope that he's coming close to the end of his recovery timetable. If he demonstrates strong progress over the next few days, he could be activated in time for next Monday's home game against the Sharks. Otherwise, his return wouldn't come until after the Christmas break.
Francois Beauchemin D ANA 18 Hrs
Beauchemin (finger) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Canadiens, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Though Beauchemin continues to make progress with his broken finger, he seems intent on making sure he's 100 percent healthy before playing. The Ducks are still optimistic about his chances of being available over the weekend.
Eddie Lack G VAN 18 Hrs
Lack will be in the crease Wednesday against the Stars, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.
Coach Willie Desjardins said that the team had scheduled Lack for this turn all along, so his fantasy owners need not read too much into him getting the nod over Ryan Miller in a non-back-to-back scenario. Lack's numbers over 10 appearances this season are rather pedestrian (2.77 GAA, .911 save percentage), but the Stars have received even worse play from their goalies. It wouldn't be surprising if Wednesday's contest turned into a high-scoring affair.
Mike Weaver D MON 18 Hrs
Weaver (concussion) was cleared for contact during Wednesday's practice.
The concussion symptoms seem to have dissipated for Weaver, who has been out since Dec. 6. The Canadiens will still have to activate him from IR before he's able to return to the lineup, which could happen after he logs another practice or two.
Derick Brassard C NYR 19 Hrs
Brassard (illness) has been confirmed to have a case of the mumps, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Brassard will remain away from the Rangers until his contagious symptoms have subsided. He's the 15th NHL player confirmed to have acquired the mumps this season, and the second Rangers player after Tanner Glass was diagnosed with the virus in late November.