A bit of a selection sheet swap in the Ducks line-up on Saturday, as Box 8 forward Dan Sexton will return to the line-up after a brief conditioning stint in the AHL, while Box 9 forward Kyle Palmieri has been sent down to make room. I don't believe either player was very popular in the pool this year, so this news is rather minor today.
The Buffalo Sabres welcomed Craig Rivet back into their line-up on Friday night after missing five games due to food poisoning, which meant someone had to come out of the line-up to make room. This led to the scratching of Box 30 defenseman Chris Butler on Friday night, which isn't a terrible surprise, as Butler missed a number of games when Rivet was in the line-up at the start of the season.
The Oilers were trying to play the match-up game against the Coyotes on Friday night and that led to the team scratching Box 5 forward Gilbert Brule for the game. Apparently, the decision was purely tactical and had very little to do with the play of the winger. I think we should expect to see Brule back in the Oilers line-up right away.
A mysterious lower-body injury has fallen Box 6 forward David Legwand of the Predators, an injury suffered in Friday night's game against the Canadiens. Legwand is considered to be out day-to-day for the time being, which could last a few days at the very least. If the injury does happen to turn into a long-term concern, an update will be provided.
It appears that back spasms are going to keep Box 23 forward Doug Weight out of the line-up on Saturday night, as the team takes on the Florida Panthers at home. The aging Weight has dealt with back spasms from time to time in the late part of his career, so this doesn't come as a shock, really. Drawing back into the line-up for the Islanders will be Rob Schremp, who has been a healthy scratch of late.