News: Eddie Lack is slated to start Monday's game against the Blues, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: Eddie Lack, who will look to help the Canucks bounce back from back-to-back losses to Colorado and Dallas, will take aim Monday at a Blues' squad that has just one win over the team's last five contests.
News: Brandon Sutter (undisclosed) returned to action Sunday against the Sharks, logging two shot attempts and a hit in his 15:35 of ice time. Analysis: Brandon Sutter suffered an injury late in Saturday's win over the Coyotes that seemed to put him at risk of missing Sunday's tilt, but evidently, the ailment wasn't anything too serious. The center had been enjoying a top-six role of late for the Penguins, but with Evgeni Malkin returning to the lineup Saturday, Sutter will now return to familiar spot on the club's third line.
News: Ondrej Pavelec surrendered four goals on 24 shots in Sunday's loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec entered the crease Sunday with a season-best six-game winning streak, but couldn't solve the Blackhawks, who have been a persistent nemesis throughout his career. The defeat shouldn't alter Pavelec's standing as the Jets' No. 1 netminder, as his play over the preceding outings had been the primary reason the team remains in the driver's seat for the final wild-card spot out West. That being said, Pavelec's career 2.89 GAA and .907 save percentage suggest his recent run of elite play isn't sustainable, so it's tough to bet on him displacing Michael Hutchinson from the top spot on the depth chart for good.
News: Cedric Paquette (leg) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against Montreal, NHL.com reports. Analysis: There was plenty of Lightning injury news on Monday, with defensemen Jason Garrison and Andrej Sustr slated to miss time and center Tyler Johnson ruled out for Monday night's contest. Look for a further update on Cedric Paquette's status for the game to arrive during pre-game warmups.
News: Jason Garrison will miss 3-to-4 weeks due to an upper-body injury, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Such a timetable effectively rules Jason Garrison (who has 30 points in 70 games to date) out for the remainder of the regular season, further taxing a Tampa Bay blue line that will also be without Andrej Sustr for 1-to-2 weeks.
News: Tyler Johnson (upper body) will miss Monday's game against the Canadiens, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper relayed Monday that Tyler Johnson -- who has recorded 67 points in 74 games to date -- is day-to-day in advance of Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.
News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) will be out one-to-two weeks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: With Andrej Sustr -- who has 13 helpers in 73 games -- sidelined, the Lightning have bolstered their blue line depth by recalling Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse.
News: Alexander Steen (lower body) won't play Monday against the Canucks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Alexander Steen considered day-to-day and out Monday, Olli Jokinen is on track to re-join the Blues' forward mix Monday night.
News: T.J. Oshie (illness) is on track to play Monday against the Canucks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: T.J. Oshie, who missed Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, checks back into the Blues' lineup with 19 goals and 51 points in in 66 games to date.
News: Though Erik Johnson (knee) hasn't been ruled out for Monday's game against the Oilers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post suggests that the blueliner is more likely to return to the lineup at some point during the Avs' upcoming three-game road trip, which starts Wednesday at San Jose. Analysis: Erik Johnson, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 26, last suited up on Jan. 21. Prior to sustaining his knee injury, Johnson had recorded 23 points and 33 PIM in 47 games for the Avs.