News: Jonathan Quick is expected to start Monday against the Flames, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off at morning skate, as Martin Jones stayed in net to get some extra work. All signs point towards the Kings rolling with their top netminder, though it will be confirmed once the teams take the ice for pregame warmups.
News: Jonas Hiller will start in net Monday against the Kings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports. Analysis: An earlier report indicated Karri Ramo would receive the start in net, but it looks as though Jonas Hiller will actually be in net. He stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in his last start Saturday, and has now lost seven straight games. He will look to turn things around in his last start before the three-day holiday break.
News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Monday's game against the Canucks. Analysis: Mike Smith is mired in a deep slump that has seen him win just once since Nov. 7. He will square off against a Vancouver team that snapped a five-game losing streak its last time out with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Flames.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski is still not healthy, so he will miss his third straight game Tuesday night. Consider him questionable for Arizona's next game Tuesday.
News: Antti Niemi will start Monday's game against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi will look to keep things rolling after winning each of his last seven starts. He will square off against a Ducks team that he knocked off twice earlier this season.
News: John Gibson was forced to exit Saturday's game with AHL Norfolk early due to the stomach flu, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Fortunately, it doesn't sound like John Gibson will become the fifth player from the Ducks to succumb to the mumps. He's expected to resume primary duties in goal for Norfolk within the next few days, but with Ilya Bryzgalov now in the fold as the backup goalie with the big club, a promotion won't be imminent for Gibson.
News: Alexander Semin (undisclosed) didn't take part in Carolina's practice Monday, Michael Smith of Hurricanes.NHL.com reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin was likely held out of practice for maintenance reasons, although it might be worth keeping an eye on with Monday's recall of Brendan Woods. The 30-year-old should be considered day-to-day heading into Tuesday's game against the Devils as a result of his absence from Monday's practice.
News: Eric Brewer (foot) is still considered week-to-week with his recovery, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Eric Brewer continues to use crutches and may not be ready to play by early January as was initially projected. Although the Ducks' defense was ravaged by injuries at the time of Brewer's acquisition, the blue line should be back at close to full strength when he's finally activated from injured reserve.
News: Hampus Lindholm (lower body) will return to the lineup Monday against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Hampus Lindholm missed Friday's 6-2 loss to the Senators with the injury, but was able to convince coach Bruce Boudreau he was healthy after participating fully in Monday's morning skate. He'll form a defensive pair with Mark Fistric.
News: Brendan Woods was recalled from AHL Charlotte for the first time in his career Monday. Analysis: Brendan Woods will be available for the Hurricanes when they face the Devils on Tuesday. The former Wisconsin standout has played in 73 career AHL games for Charlotte over the past two seasons and currently ranks fourth among his AHL team in points with 13 over 29 games this season.