News: Nicklas Jensen scored for the second straight game in Sunday's win over Florida. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen has impressed since being called up from Utica, tallying two goals, one assist, and a plus-3 rating in his first five career NHL games. With injuries to Daniel Sedin (hamstring) and Ryan Kesler (knee), the 21-year-old has been playing on the top line. It won't be too long before the youngster becomes a well-known name in fantasy hockey.
News: Ben Bishop was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to draw the start Monday vs. the Canucks, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: With Ben Bishop getting over a recent slump with a shutout of the Devils on Saturday, coach Jon Cooper will hand the net over to him without much hesitation Monday. He beat the Canucks in his only previous matchup against them Jan. 1, stopping 28 of 30 shots in the 4-2 win.
News: With Christopher Nilstorp heading back to AHL Texas on Monday, it would seem that Kari Lehtonen (concussion) would be available Tuesday vs. the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Coach Lindy Ruff has yet to decide on a starter for Tuesday's game, but expect Kari Lehtonen to make the nod now that it seems his concussion symptoms have fully dissipated after three games out of the lineup. Backup Tim Thomas went 1-1-1 while filling in for the Stars in Lehtonen's stead.
News: Cris Nilstorp was reassigned to AHL Texas on Monday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Cris Nilstorp's demotion suggests Kari Lehtonen (concussion) will be at least ready to serve as the backup goalie Tuesday vs. the Penguins. The 30-year-old saw some action in relief of Tim Thomas in Sunday's loss to the Jets, allowing three goals on 17 shot attempts.
News: Thomas Vanek had six shots on goal in Sunday's win over Buffalo and now has 16 in the past three games. Analysis: Since moving to the top line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek has more shots on goal but just one assist. At some point, we'll see Vanek generate the kind of offense the Canadiens were hoping for when they acquired him from the Islanders. Until then, you'll just have to take comfort in the fact that he's establishing a rapport with his new mates and the signs are there.
News: Brian Gionta was moved to the third line for Sunday's game against Buffalo. He had three shots on goal in 14:43 in Montreal's 2-0 win. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher replaced the captain on the Tomas Plekanec line. Brian Gionta's been a top-six forward all season, but that's only because he doesn't line up on the third or fourth lines. At 33 points in 68 games, he doesn't produce like a top-six threat. He's now on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk.
News: Brendan Gallagher lined up on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Daniel Briere for Sunday night's win over Buffalo. He scored his 17th goal of the season and had four shots on goal in the win. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher can play with any linemates, so it's not surprising to see him provide a lift for the Plekanec line. Coach Michel Therrien continues to tinker, hoping to find some semblance of balanced scoring on a team that doesn't generate enough offense. The latest tweak moves captain Brian Gionta to the third line.
News: Henrik Sedin dished out a pair of assists in Sunday's shootout win over Florida. Analysis: While it's nice to see Hank on the scoresheet, these are not good times for Henrik Sedin fantasy owners. Henrik only has three points in his last 16 games, putting him on pace for a 50-point season, which would be his lowest full-season total since 2003-2004.
News: Dan Hamhuis scored his fifth goal of the season in Sunday's win over Florida, ending a 48-game goal drought. Analysis: Wow, 48 games, had it really been that long? Dan Hamhuis has gone cold as of late, tallying only two points in his last 15 games. It has been a forgettable year for the 31-year-old, who only has 17 points through 68 games. It's not all bad though, as his plus-10 rating is quite impressive, considering the way the Canucks have struggled. Still, you can't be happy with the fact he is on pace to post a lower point total this season than he did in a shortened campaign (47 games) last season.
News: Beau Bennett (wrist) has been cleared for full practice participation. Analysis: Beau Bennett -- who has been out since late November -- is slated to practice Monday, though it's unclear if he has a chance to be activated in advance of Tuesday's game against the Stars.