News: Al Montoya will be in the crease Monday against the Avalanche, Jim Toth of 680 CJOB reports. Analysis: Al Montoya came on strong to spell Ondrej Pavelec on Saturday against the Senators, knocking away all 12 shots to keep the bleeding from getting worse. The quality performance was enough to convince coach Paul Maurice to give Montoya the start Monday, but even with another solid outing, he probably won't displace Pavelec as the No. 1 starter.
News: Corey Perry scored a goal during the second period of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Maple Leafs on Monday. Analysis: Corey Perry continues to look strong, now with three goals in his last two games. He now has the second most goals in the NHL this season, is tied for the fifth most points in the NHL this season, and has averaged a goal-a-game since returning from the Olympics with a gold medal.
News: Bryan Little assisted on both of Dustin Byfuglien's goals in a 3-2 loss to the Avalanche on Monday. Analysis: Bryan Little's performance gives him five points in his last six games. He's had one of the best seasons he's ever had going back to his rookie year this season. He's a mid-level fantasy option at the center position.
News: Michael Frolik assisted on Dustin Byfuglien's second goal of the game in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche. Analysis: Michael Frolik has 12 goals on the season. He's only really a fantasy option in really deep leagues if it all.
News: Following Monday's game, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that P.A. Parenteau (knee) may be facing a recovery period of four-to-six weeks. Analysis: With an MRI still to come Tuesday, Roy's early estimate is exactly that. However, the timetable he mentioned is the one often associated with a sprained MCL, an injury that would likely end P.A. Parenteau's regular season but might give him a chance to return for the playoffs. The situation remains worth watching, but things aren't looking good for Parenteau.
News: Matt Duchene extended his point streak to eight games Monday, backhanding the overtime winner past the Jets` Al Montoya. Analysis: The drama continues for the boys from the Mile High City. After getting ran over by Winnipeg`s Jim Slater in the third, Matt Duchene came back with a vengeance in OT, carving through the neutral zone before ending the game on a tremendous individual effort. His 12 points - including four multi-point efforts - over his eight game point streak have given him the Avalanche lead in points (61), assists (39), game-winning goals (6) and SOG (197). The Avs will look to Dutchy to keep it up as the last two games have seen two of their top players, Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau, go down with injuries.
News: Brad Malone will be called up from AHL Lake Erie on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The 24-year-old Brad Malone hasn't flashed much upside, with five points in 32 career NHL games and 15 points in 35 AHL appearances this season.
News: Tyson Barrie had two helpers against the Jets on Monday. Analysis: In his third season, the 22-year-old Tyson Barrie has taken a big step forward. He has more than doubled his career high in points - he's now at 28 - and his plus-15 rating is a big improvement as well.
News: Dustin Byfuglien lit the lamp twice, including a power-play goal, against the Avalanche on Monday. Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has 16 goals, and 48, points now. His point totals are in line with his career numbers, but his minus-17 rating is far and away a career low.
News: Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves on 35 shots in an overtime win over the Jets on Monday. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov has four wins in his last five games, and his 32 victories are second-best in the league. His save percentage is also top-five.