News: Corey Crawford will be on the bench on Wednesday as the Blackhawks go with Antti Raanta in goal against Colorado, Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: While Corey Crawford was looking to get another crack in goal against the Avalanche after last week's 4-2 loss to Colorado, Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville is just trying to get Raanta a start. Crawford is still the number one goal for Chicago and is expected to be back in goal for the next game, Friday at home against Nashville.
News: Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, MLive.com reports. Analysis: Blake Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding the Red Wings' Brendan Smith in the first period of Tuesday's game. Comeau will have a chat with the NHL's disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, though it would be surprising if gets suspended for more than one or two games.
News: Derek Morris was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Tuesday. Analysis: With no reports of an injury it would appear that coach Dave Tippett feels Brandon Gormley gives the club a better chance to win right now. If you would normally use Derek Morris, keep checking for news on his status for Thursday's game against Boston.
News: Carey Price (lower body) was a full participant at Wednesday's morning skate, John Lu of TSN reports. Analysis: He won't suit up for Wednesday's game, but it sounds like Carey Price is getting close to a return. Peter Budaj will start in Price's place as the Canadiens take on the arch-rival Bruins.
News: Peter Budaj will start between the pipes Wednesday against the Bruin, John Lu of TSN reports. Analysis: Peter Budaj has been saddled with three straight losses, and was yanked in his last outing after giving up two goals on 11 shots to the Sharks. He'll continue to get the majority of the starts for the Canadiens until Carey Price (lower body) returns, which could be fairly soon considering that Price was a full participant in Wednesday's morning skate.
News: Antoine Vermette picked up an assist Monday in a win over Florida. It was his third straight game with an assist. Analysis: Antoine Vermette continues to produce this season at a pace he hasn't reached in several years. He has an outside shot to put up 50 points, which he hasn't done since 2007-08.
News: Keith Yandle picked up an assist Tuesday in a win over Florida to extend his point streak to four games. He was plus-1 and took four shots. Analysis: Keith Yandle has been on fire since the NHL resumed play after the Olympics with seven points in eight games. With 45 points this season he is tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen. Yandle also continues to get it done on the power play - his 23 power-play assist rank second in the NHL to Washington's Nicklas Backstrom.
News: Mikkel Boedker picked up an assist Tuesday in a 3-1 win over the Panthers. He was plus-1 and added three shots in 16:55 of ice time. Analysis: Mikkel Boedker continues his excellent season. He has noticeably increased his shot volume this year (137 shots so far, a career high) and is a more consistent offensive player. Boedker has become a legitimate value for many fantasy leagues this year.
News: Mike Ribeiro scored Tuesday in a win over Florida. It was his fifteenth goal of the season. Analysis: Mike Ribeiro has four points in eight games since the end of the Olympic break. He will look to get on a run in the coming weeks as the Coyotes push for a playoff spot.
News: Martin Havlat (pelvis) returned to action and notched a goal Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. Analysis: The winger was able to get back in the lineup after experiencing lingering stiffness from offseason pelvic surgery. It's nice that Martin Havlat is showing flashes of his old scoring touch, but he's not expected to play every game moving forward since he's still not quite 100-percent.