News: Martin Havlat's test results for the mumps have come back negative, but he will be unavailable for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Martin Havlat is still dealing with a virus that will keep him out of Saturday's game at a minimum, making his next eligible return date Monday against the Penguins. The Devils will go into Saturday with a maximum of 12 healthy forwards, though it's possible the team will add someone before the game.
News: Patrik Elias (illness) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: Patrik Elias was confirmed to have a case of the mumps when his test results came back Friday, and the Devils decided to move him to injured reserve as a result. He last played in a game well over a week ago anyway, meaning the move will just temporarily open a roster spot and he should be able to return when he's ready. The winger has already been ruled out for Saturday's contest, so his next possibility to return will be Monday against the Penguins.
News: Brendan Woods was called up by the Hurricanes on Friday. Analysis: Brendan Woods was sent down to AHL Charlotte for the duration of the NHL's holiday break. Woods has accumulated 13 points and 64 PIM through 29 games this season with AHL Charlotte.
News: The Blues recalled Petteri Lindbohm from AHL Chicago on Friday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Carl Gunnarsson still dealing with symptoms of a concussion, Petteri Lindbohm has been called up to serve as a seventh defenseman for the Blues while Gunnarsson recovers. Lindbohm has one assist and six PIM through eight games with St. Louis this season.
News: Micheal Haley was recalled by the Sharks on Friday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: With John Scott (suspension) and Mike Brown (leg) both out of the lineup, Micheal Haley has been called up to provide some much needed depth at right wing. Haley has tallied 13 points and 60 PIM through 27 games with AHL Worcester this season.
News: Corey Potter was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: Corey Potter was sent back to the AHL Tuesday, but was recalled again Friday, likely indicating Ladislav Smid isn't ready to return. It also could could signify that one of the six blueliners on the active roster is dealing with an injury or illness. Regardless, Potter will take his spot back with the Flames, though it probably won't be for an extended period of time.
News: Alex Biega was reassigned to AHL Utica on Monday. Analysis: Alex Biega was recalled Dec. 16 but hasn't played a game with the Canucks since being recalled. he will head back to AHL Utica, where he has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 25 games this season.
News: Brandon Sutter has tested negative for the mumps virus, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Brandon Sutter missed two games earlier this week with an illness, but it turns out he is not dealing with the mumps virus that is bothering a couple of his teammates. Sutter will likely be available for Pittsburgh's next game Saturday, but an official call on his status may not come until after the team's morning skate.
News: Thomas Greiss has been diagnosed with the mumps, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: A mumps test performed on Thomas Greiss last week came back negative, but it turns out he is actually dealing with the same setback that has affected numerous NHL players over the last several weeks. Jeff Zatkoff figures to serve as the backup goaltender behind Marc-Andre Fleury until Greiss is able to resume playing sometime in the next week or two.
News: Steve Downie has been diagnosed with the mumps, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Steve Downie first started showing mumps symptoms earlier this week, and it turns out he is the latest to come down with the disease that is sweeping through the NHL. He will remain isolated from his teammates until he has recovered, but figures to resume playing sometime in the next week or two.