News: Jimmy Howard will start Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard had a slight scare with a groin injury last week, but appears to be fully recovered, and will retake his spot as the starting netminder Tuesday. In his last appearance, Howard allowed one goal on 24 shots in a win over the Maple Leafs.
News: Patrik Nemeth will miss the entire regular season due to an arm laceration, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Patrik Nemeth suffered a scary injury Saturday when he cut his arm on an opponent's skate, and was originally expected to miss a few weeks. It turns out the injury is much more serious, and Nemeth will end up being sidelined for the entire regular season.
News: The Red Wings placed Johan Franzen (leg) on IR on Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Johan Franzen's injury is apparently a little worse than day-to-day, so he'll make the move to IR until at least Saturday's game against the Flyers. Franzen was off to a hot start before suffering the injury, with two goals and three assists through his first four games.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) did not practice Monday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal left Saturday's game after suffering the injury, and while there's no official update on the nature of the injury yet, it's not a good sign that Hanzal missed practice. Keep an eye out for another update closer to Tuesday's matchup with the Predators.
News: Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated off IR prior to Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jay Beagle will take the place of the injured Brooks Laich (upper body), who will make the move to IR for at least the next week. Beagle is expected to skate on the second line alongside Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.
News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will be placed on IR, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Brooks Laich will not travel with the Caps on their upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, but is expected to return for their first game back home October 29 against the Red Wings. Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR to take Laich's spot in the lineup.
News: Marc Methot (back) skated on his own Monday, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports. Analysis: Marc Methot didn't participate in any hockey related drills, so he's probably still not close to returning, but head coach Paul MacLean did call it an improvement. Methot will likely be partnered with Erik Karlsson on the team's top pairing once again when he is able to return.
News: Stephen Weiss was able to play without any pain in Saturday's 1-0 overtime win against Toronto, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Stephen Weiss only played for eight minutes and played at left wing, a new position for him, but looked comfortable out there. With Johan Franzen likely to return Tuesday, however, Weiss may be a healthy scratch again.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) practiced with the team Monday. Analysis: The winger has yet to suit up this season, but will likely be back in action Tuesday against the Flyers. Kris Versteeg skated on the second line at Monday's practice alongside Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane. If that is indeed how the lines shake out for Tuesday, expect Brandon Saad to be bumped down to the third line, and Jeremy Morin to end up watching from the press box.
News: Kris Russell was a plus-3 and added an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets. Analysis: Kris Russell is now a plus-5 with two points and five shots on goal in his last three games. He seems to be recovering from his slow start and last year's mark of 29 points shouldn't be too hard to replicate.