News: Brad Marchand, who focused on his conditioning during the offseason, has looked sharp early on in training camp, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: Brad Marchand notes, "I just feel like I'm quicker and I can go to areas a little faster...I feel like I can control the puck a little easier than I could last year. I'm not getting knocked off (the puck). Those were a couple of big issues I had." For his part, GM Peter Chiarelli has been impressed by what he's seen from the feisty winger thus far, indicating that Marchand has "been real good. For a guy that scored 20-plus goals last year and we're telling him it's a bad year I think [if] he keeps that up, he's going to have a good year." While playing all 82 games last season, Marchand recorded 25 goals and 53 points for the Bruins, numbers he could easily top this season, health permitting, while presumably skating on a line with center Patrice Bergeron and restricted free agent Reilly Smith (once he rejoins the team).
News: Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: The Penguins continue to bring Evgeni Malkin along slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed injury suffered prior to training camp. He did not play in Monday's preseason opener, and it remains to be seen when he'll return to the ice. Pittsburgh certainly won't rush its star back, but the hope is that he'll be able to see some exhibition action prior to the regular season opener October 9 against the Ducks. At this point, there is no concern that the injury will sideline Malkin long-term.
News: Chris Kunitz was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: After sitting out Monday's preaseason opener, Chris Kunitz was on the ice Tuesday, a likely indication that his absence was simply for precautionary reasons.
News: Sidney Crosby was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Sidney Crosby also skated Monday, and his presence Tuesday offers further credence to the notion that he's fully healthy.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) will undergo an MRI but said he expects to miss at least a week, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk suffered a shoulder injury during Monday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh, in which he recorded a goal and an assist. The 36-year-old is yet to undergo an MRI but indicated that he likely won't skate for at least a week. More will be known following the MRI, but for now it appears as though he'll miss a good chunk of the preseason.
News: Kyle Brodziak (back) is not practicing Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Kyle Brodziak continues to recover from a back ailment that's kept him out of action for the past three days. He missed the team's preseason opener against the Jets on Monday and his status is up in the air for Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh.
News: Justin Fontaine (groin) is not practicing Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Justin Fontaine is dealing with a sore groin and missed the Wild's opening preseason game Monday. The team has not provided a timetable for his return, but it doesn't appear to be anything that will keep him out for an extended period.
News: Dennis Seidenberg (knee) is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against Montreal, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: Dennis Seidenberg played in Sunday night's scrimmage, and reported no ill-effects afterward, the Boston Globe reports. Though it may take some time for the sturdy blueliner -- who is bouncing back from January knee surgery -- to shake off the rust, he's firmly on track to be in the Bruins' lineup to start the coming season, assuming no injury setbacks.
News: Jonathan Bernier will dress for the Leafs on Tuesday against Philadelphia. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier was sidelined with a sports hernia late last season but underwent surgery in May and is now at 100 percent. He figures to step back in as the starting goalie but could face competition from James Reimer.
News: Darren Helm took a stick to the face and suffered a broken nose in Monday's preseason tilt, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Darren Helm isn't expected to miss any regular season time, but this is just another setback for the oft-injured winger. Hopefully this will not affect his game heading into the season.