News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Predators, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. Analysis: Martin Hanzal is receiving treatment in Arizona on Tuesday, so he will not be available to play Tuesday night. Hanzal is considered day-to-day with the injury, and he could join the Coyotes for their next game Thursday in Minnesota.
News: Trevor Lewis (upper body) skated on his own prior to Tuesday's practice, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Since Trevor Lewis' injury is to his upper-body, the fact that he's merely skating doesn't necessarily foretell an impending return. He'll need to take part in full-contact practice before any consideration for his activation from injured reserve will be determined.
News: Jake Muzzin (upper body) will visit a doctor Tuesday and is expected to receive clearance to play Thursday against the Sabres, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Jake Muzzin has been sidelined for the Kings' first six games with the upper-body injury, with the team giving no clear timetable for the blueliner's return until now. The Kings have resisted putting Muzzin on injured reserve while he dealt with the ailment, so no roster move will be required to bring him back in the fold. He's expected to rejoin the team's top pairing with Drew Doughty.
News: Alexander Fallstrom will return to Sweden, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. Analysis: A call-up to the NHL was not on the horizon for Alexander Fallstrom, so he decided to head home to Sweden for the time being. The Bruins placed him on release waivers, so he will be free to sign with any team if he attempts to return to the NHL.
News: Roberto Luongo is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Avalanche, Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo struggled early this season, but he shut out the Sabres in his last start Friday and gave up just one goal in the game before that, so he is seemingly back on track. He will take on an Avalanche team that has scored just nine goals through its first six games.
News: Antti Niemi will start Tuesday's game against the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: The undefeated Antti Niemi will get the start as the Sharks continue to alternate goalies every other game. He will take on a Boston team that tallied eight goals over its last two games after scoring just six times in its first five games of the season.
News: Reto Berra (neck) will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Panthers. Analysis: Reto Berra has dealt with a sore neck since being injured last Thursday, but it appears he is feeling good enough to play Tuesday. Berra has played just one full contest this season, but he has played well when he has been on the ice, giving up just one goal in 82:31 TOI.
News: Eric Staal (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports. Analysis: It's a good sign that Eric Staal was able to take the ice Tuesday, but he is not ready to play just yet. He will likely miss several more games, but he could return to action Oct. 28 against the Canucks.
News: John-Michael Liles (general soreness) has been cleared for contact, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports. Analysis: John-Michael Liles is showing improvement, but he is not ready to play just yet, so he will miss his second straight game Tuesday night. With him back on the ice, however, he could return to action as soon as Thursday.
News: Andrej Sekera (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Jets, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports. Analysis: Andrej Sekera missed the Hurricanes' last game due to the setback, but he will return to action after making it through Tuesday's morning skate without issue. Expect him to be part of the Hurricanes' top defensive pairing moving forward.