Anze Kopitar C LA 18 Hrs
Kopitar scored a goal on the power play in Thursday's victory over the Sabres.
The points haven't been coming as often as they have in the past, with just two goals and an assist so far. Still, centering the first line and the primary power play unit, Kopitar figures to be one of the top center options out there.
Cam Janssen RW NJ 18 Hrs
Janssen has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday while playing with AHL Albany, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Janssen was waived by the Devils at the end of training camp and is strictly an organizational depth player for the team at this stage of his career. The injury will only hurt his chances of making his way back to New Jersey anytime soon.
Ben Bishop G TB 18 Hrs
Bishop will be in the crease Friday against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Bishop received the night off Tuesday in Calgary, so there's a good chance he'll start both ends of the Bolts' weekend back-to-back in Winnipeg and Minnesota. He'll enter Friday's game against the Jets with an impressive 3-1-1 record, 1.97 GAA and .921 save percentage, numbers comparable to those that he posted in his breakout 2013-14 campaign.
Paul Byron C CGY 18 Hrs
Byron had two assists in 13:32 worth of ice time in a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday.
After tallying points in the team's first two games, Byron had been held off the score sheet over the last six games. The Flames have gotten off to a surprising start, and skating on the second line along with Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan, Byron could continue to see productive nights on offense.
Zac Rinaldo C PHI 18 Hrs
Rinaldo (upper body) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Rinaldo's absence from Friday's practice was enough to convince the Flyers that he wouldn't be ready to go for the tilt with the Red Wings. He could return to the ice over the next day or two to give him a better shot at playing Tuesday against the Kings, but expect the ailing Flyers to recall a forward from the minors over the weekend as insurance.
Vincent Lecavalier C PHI 18 Hrs
Lecavalier (foot) said he will most realistically return to action next Thursday against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Lecavalier was able to skate on his own prior to Friday's session and could be cleared to resume practicing with the team over the next couple of days. While he didn't rule out a return to action as early as Tuesday against the Kings, it seems more likely that he'll first be up to full speed Thursday, when the Flyers will take on his former squad. Philadelphia could still retroactively stash Lecavalier on injured reserve over the weekend in order to add an extra forward, but because he's already missed more than the minimum seven days, he'll be eligible for activation as soon as the Flyers deem him ready.
Ben Smith RW CHI 18 Hrs
Smith scored on his only shot of the night in a 3-2 loss to the Predators on Thursday.
In his first full season, Smith netted 14 goals last year. It took him six games to record his first point this season, and skating mainly on the team's fourth line, he likely won't see a big spike in his numbers from a year ago.
Seth Jones D NAS 18 Hrs
Jones had an assist in 17:31 worth of ice time in a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Jones got off to a slow start offensively, but he's now tallied a point in three of the team's last four contests. At just 20 years old, he still has plenty of time to develop and he could become one of the top defensemen in the league, even if the offensive numbers aren't there just yet.
Anthony Peluso RW WPG 18 Hrs
Peluso (upper body) didn't take part in the Jets' morning skate and looks to be unavailable Friday against the Lightning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
With Peluso bound for the press box, Matt Halischuk will step in to fill out the Jets' fourth line. Peluso is still being listed as day-to-day and could be an option for Sunday's tilt with the Avalanche.
Jyrki Jokipakka D DAL 18 Hrs
Jokipakka was skating as part of the Stars' third pairing at morning skate and appears set to make his NHL debut Friday against the Devils, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Jokipakka was recalled by the Stars on Sunday, after Patrik Nemeth was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season due to a severe arm laceration. The 23-year-old from Finland, who produced 21 points in 68 games for AHL Texas last season, will likely replace Kevin Connauton in Friday's lineup.