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: Tim Jackman will not return to Monday's game after taking a hit to the head from John Scott. Analysis: Tim Jackman should be considered day-to-day until the Ducks release further information on his apparent head injury. Fortunately for Jackman, the Ducks have a significant break before they play the Coyotes on Saturday.
News: Patric Hornqvist snapped an eight-game goalless streak Monday with his 11th goal of the season against Florida. Analysis: He finished with a plus-2 rating and added a personal season-high five hits. Pens coach Mike Johnston reunited the line of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist two games ago with encouraging results. The former Pred appears ready to go another run.
News: Sidney Crosby collected an assist and compiled a plus-2 rating Monday night against Florida. Analysis: He has yet to play against Tampa Bay -- Pittsburgh's opponent Tuesday -- in 2014-15, but recorded four goals and 10 points in three games against the Lightning last season. Sidney Crosby fantasy owners could use a big game from the center, who trails the Flyers' Jakub Voracek in the Art Ross Trophy race, 44 points to 37.
News: Mike Green dished out a pair of assists in Monday's 2-1 win over the Senators. Analysis: Mike Green has been on fire lately with five points in his last three games. He's now got 17 points (four goals) through 25 games after suffering a lower body injury earlier in the season. If the 29-year-old can stay healthy, he should be able to surpass the 40-point mark.
News: Simon Despres racked up two assists, two blocks and four hits in Monday's loss to the Panthers. Analysis: He tallied a secondary assist while playing on Pittsburgh's second power-play during a third-period comeback. Pens coach Mike Johnston referred to Simon Despres as a veteran Monday as the 23-year-old has earned his spot on the team's blue line. Although he has only nine points (1G, 8A) in 32 games, Despres will eventually produce offensively for fantasy owners once his role increases from a primarily defensive one.