News: Pavel Datsyuk notched an assist in his season debut Tuesday versus the Canadiens. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk hooked up with longtime co-star Henrik Zetterberg for the Red Wings' only goal of the night. The 36-year-old was otherwise a non-factor in his 18:05 of ice time Tuesday, failing to register a single shot attempt, hit or block. His activity should pick up as he becomes further removed from the shoulder injury that resulted in his missing the first five games of the season.
News: Danny DeKeyser assisted on the Red Wings' lone goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: Re-signed to a two-year deal in September, Danny DeKeyser is a valued member of the Red Wings' defensive corps, but is little more than deep-league fodder for fantasy purposes. He's registered two points in six games and doesn't produce overwhelming numbers in specialty categories like hits, blocks and penalty minutes.
News: Jimmy Howard (groin) stopped 34 of 36 shots in his return to the net Tuesday versus the Canadiens. Analysis: After he was ruled out for the past weekend with the groin issue, Jimmy Howard looked to be back in his usual form Tuesday before folding late. The Red Wings controlled the game for the first two periods while holding a 1-0 lead, but Howard's shutout bid ended with just over three minutes remaining, as he lost sight of the puck on Alex Galchenyuk's game-tying tally. He would then yielded the winning marker to David Desharnais in the extra period to take his second OT loss of the season.
News: Rick Nash scored his league-leading eighth goal in Tuesday's overtime win over the Devils. Analysis: Rick Nash has raced out to a torrid start to his 2014-15 season, tallying three more goals than any other player in the NHL. The winger drew a lot of heat for his disappearing act in the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup last season, but his hot start through the team's first seven games has helped him quiet his critics.
News: Nick Leddy bagged the game's first goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Nick Leddy fired a wrist shot in the slot past Toronto's Jonathan Bernier for his third goal and fourth point in four games. He appears to be adapting quite well in moving from Chicago to Long Island, as he's seen an increase in scoring opportunities while averaging three minutes more ice time with the Isles.
News: Frans Nielsen gathered his fourth assist of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Frans Nielsen is still in search of his first goal of the season after potting 25 in 2013-14, but he's at least been a productive facilitator on the Isles' third line. Don't expect him to provide much value in anything but the non-scoring categories, as he's never been an especially prolific hitter or blocker on defense.
News: Patrick Marleau added two assists to his ledger Tuesday versus the Bruins. Analysis: Patrick Marleau has been a force offensively for the Sharks in the early stages of the season, accumulating four goals and five assists in seven games. However, the Sharks' back-to-back losses resulted in Marleau taking a collective minus-3 rating during that time, putting him on the negative side of that category for the season.
News: Nathan Beaulieu was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Nathan Beaulieu will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 21-year-old has been a healthy scratch for the Habs' last three games, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Michael Bournival was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Michael Bournival will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 22-year-old has been a healthy scratch for all seven of the Habs' games thus far, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Andrew Ebbett was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Andrew Ebbett was sent down earlier in the week so he could take part in some game action. He played Tuesday for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but figures to be a regular in the press box now that's he back with the Penguins.