News: Anton Khudobin stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Anton Khudobin was great Sunday, but got no offensive support in a 1-0 loss. The 28-year-old is still searching for his first win this season, posting an 0-8-2 record, to go with a .900 save percentage and 2.91 GAA. Considering the Hurricanes sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 22 points, it's hard to see Khudobin piling up the wins anytime soon. The backup to Cam Ward won't provide much fantasy value unless the Hurricanes get their season back on track.
News: Cam Talbot pitched an 18-save shutout in Sunday's win over Carolina. Analysis: Cam Talbot has been outstanding recently, recording a shutout in three of his past four games. The 27-year-old is now 3-3-1 on the season with an impressive .928 save percentage and 2.02 GAA. He has been one of the best backups this season and is a great fantasy option whenever starter Henrik Lundqvist gets the night off.
News: Thomas Greiss is being tested for the mumps and will not be available for Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Thomas Greiss tested negative for the mumps just a few days ago, but it appears he is not out of the woods just yet. With Greiss unavailable Monday, Jeff Zatkoff is expected to be recalled to fill the backup duties behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
News: Brandon Sutter is being tested for the mumps and will not play in Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Brandon Sutter was able to travel to Florida for Monday's game, but with him possibly coming down with the mumps, he will be held out of action Monday. It remains to be seen if he will return to the team for Pittsburgh's next game Tuesday in Tampa.
News: Steve Downie is being tested for the mumps and will not play in Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Steve Downie flew with his teammates to Florida for Monday's game, but the Penguins sent him back home after he showed potential symptoms of the mumps. The Penguins play in Tampa on Tuesday, and it remains to be seen if Downie will be able to rejoin the team prior to that contest.
News: John-Michael Liles (illness) returned to action Sunday against the Rangers. He saw 18:34 of ice time in the defeat. Analysis: The blueliner missed the Hurricanes' previous three games. He finished Sunday's contest with no points on two shot attempts, and chipped in two hits and a blocked shot on the defensive end.
News: Jordie Benn (illness) returned to action Sunday against the Oilers, skating for 18:21 in the shootout win. Analysis: Jordie Benn, who had missed the Stars' previous contest with the illness, wasn't much of a factor offensively in his return, as has been the case all season. He has just six points in 27 games and brings most of his utility on his own end.
News: Mike Cammalleri (lower body) was on the ice for practice Monday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Mike Cammalleri was placed on injured reserve Saturday so the team could recall Mike Sislo from AHL Albany. The combination of Sislo being sent back to the AHL and Cammalleri practicing could indicate he is nearing a return to the ice. Tuesday could be the next opportunity for him to return, followed by a three-day break before the Devils' next game Saturday.
News: Mike Sislo was assigned to AHL Albany on Sunday. Analysis: Mike Sislo drew into the lineup Saturday in place of Jacob Josefson on Saturday, who was out with a groin injury. He saw 10:24 of ice time in Saturday's game and recorded one shot. He will head back to AHL Albany, where he will receive more playing time, but remains an option to see time with the Devils should the team lose another player to injury or illness.
News: Braden Holtby was first off the ice at morning skate, making him the likely starter Monday against the Senators, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby stopped all 21 shots he faced in his last start against the Devils on Saturday, and it comes as no surprise that he is starting again Tuesday. The netminder has started every game in December for the Caps, and has posted a .927 save percentage and 2.11 GAA for the month.