News: Alexander Sulzer (lower body) was on the ice at Tuesday's morning skate and looks to be close to a return, Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: While Alexander Sulzer won't be available for Tuesday's tilt with the Predators, coach Ted Nolan suggested Sulzer could be back on the ice Thursday vs. the Hurricanes. He'll be monitored at Wednesday's practice before Nolan and the team's medical staff get a better idea when he'll make his return.
News: Though Carey Price (lower body) saw some work in practice Tuesday, he will not be available to play against the Bruins on Wednesday, NESN.com reports. Analysis: With Peter Budaj having lost his last three starts, it's plausible that Dustin Tokarski could start Wednesday's game, but so far no decision has been announced on that front.
News: VandeChris Vande Velde was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Tuesday. Analysis: It looks like VandeChris Vande Velde could just be on hand for insurance in case Steve Downie (flu) can't play Tuesday vs. the Devils. VandeVelde has previously appeared in 17 games this season, recording no goals and one assist.
News: Antti Niemi will start Tuesday against Toronto, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Analysis: That's Antti Niemi's third straight start. There were rumblings of a battle for the starter position between Niemi and rookie Alex Stalock, but three straight starts and a shutout against Montreal indicates that Niemi's job is safe for now.
News: Casey Wellman was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday. Analysis: Casey Wellman doesn't figure to see much more than fourth line or healthy scratch duty while he's up with the Capitals. The 26-year-old previously had three points in 10 games with the Capitals earlier this season.
News: Mike Mottau was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Tuesday, Steve Gorten of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Mike Mottau will be taking Erik Gudbranson's spot in the lineup after the defenseman suffered a knee injury in the third period of Sunday's loss to the Bruins. Gudbranson was spotted on crutches after the game, so it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Mottau was forced to cover for him in the lineup for multiple games.
News: Joey Crabb was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Tuesday, Steve Gorten of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Joey Crabb has compiled 12 goals and 14 assists over 53 games at San Antonio, but he's made only one appearance with the big club this season. He'll more than likely serve as an extra forward during Tuesday's clash with the Coyotes.
News: Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is "doing well" after collapsing on the bench in Monday's game against the Blue Jackets, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: Rich Peverley, 31, is said to be resting comfortably in a Dallas hospital after undergoing successful treatment for a cardiac event. The forward will continue to be monitored closely over the next few days as doctors look to determine if he's dealing with a different type of arrhythmia than the pre-existing condition was already known. The Stars will resume action Tuesday against the Blues without Peverley, who should be considered out indefinitely.
News: Ryan Kesler scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season on a power play in Monday's loss to the Islanders. Analysis: Ryan Kesler now has two goals in six games since the Olympic break. He had a strong fantasy night on Monday, racking up 10 PIM, dishing out three hits, while leading all forwards with 24:28 of ice time. Kesler now has 40 points in 66 games this season, to go with a disappointing minus-12 rating.
News: Henrik Sedin scored his 10th goal of the season in Monday's loss to the Islanders, ending an 11-game scoring drought. Analysis: Though Henrik Sedin finally recorded a point, the goal was his just his first tally in 24 games. He is struggling right now, but maybe this goal is a sign of things to come for the 33-year-old. He had a decent outing on Monday, dishing out a season-high four hits, while logging 20:46 of ice time. On the year, Sedin has amassed 41 points in 59 games.