News: Nicklas Jensen scored for the second straight game in Sunday's win over Florida. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen has impressed since being called up from Utica, tallying two goals, one assist, and a plus-3 rating in his first five career NHL games. With injuries to Daniel Sedin (hamstring) and Ryan Kesler (knee), the 21-year-old has been playing on the top line. It won't be too long before the youngster becomes a well-known name in fantasy hockey.
News: Radek Dvorak (upper body) returned to practice Monday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Radek Dvorak's presence at practice would seem to suggest the upper-body injury that forced him to exit Sunday's game isn't especially serious. Unless he experiences a setback during morning skate, look for him to be in the lineup Tuesday vs. the Blue Jackets.
News: Anton Stralman was off the ice for Monday's practice due to a sore leg, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Coach Alain Vigneault seemed to describe Anton Stralman's absence as a maintenance day more than an actual injury, so expect the defenseman to be in the lineup Tuesday vs. the Senators. Stralman blocked a shot with his leg in Sunday's loss to the Sharks.
News: Ryan Carter (upper body) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ryan Carter was unable to practice Monday and ruled out his second straight game shortly thereafter. Jacob Josefson skated on the fourth line in his stead at Monday's session and figures to enter the lineup Tuesday.
News: Jiri Tlusty (lower body) will not play Tuesday vs. the Blue Jackets. Analysis: The Hurricanes didn't waste much time in ruling out Jiri Tlusty for a second straight game after he was unable to return to practice Monday. Drayson Bowman figures to enter the lineup in place of Tlusty on Tuesday.
News: Alexander Sulzer (upper body) will not travel with the Sabres during their five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Calgary, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Alexander Sulzer had previously been ruled out for a week after suffering the head injury last Thursday, and his being ruled out of the road trip would seem to suggest he's nursing a concussion. The Sabres will be down to just six healthy defenseman when they begin the road trip, as Tyler Myers (elbow) will also remain in Buffalo with Sulzer.
News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) will not travel with the Sabres when they begin their five-game road trip Tuesday in Calgary, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons has been out since Mar. 6 with the injury and evidently hasn't made too much progress in his recovery since that time. The Sabres will be without several key players during their westward swing with Chris Stewart, Alexander Sulzer, Tyler Myers and Jhonas Enroth all set to remain in Buffalo.
News: Tyler Myers (elbow) will not set out with the team on their five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Calgary, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: The Sabres' trip spans nearly two weeks, and with Tyler Myers' injury not considered overly serious, coach Ted Nolan didn't rule out the possibility of Myers joining the team at a later date while the remain on the road. The defenseman was starting to find his scoring touch before suffering the injury, picking up six points in his nine games out of the break.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said Chris Kunitz (leg) may return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Stars. Analysis: Chris Kunitz skated briefly on his own before Monday's practice, then joined his teammates on the ice for the full session, which can probably be interpreted as a sign he's nearing a return. He missed both of the Penguins' games over the weekend with the injury, and should be viewed as a game-time decision for Tuesday.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said Beau Bennett (wrist) would need a few more full-contact practices before returning to action. Analysis: Beau Bennett rejoined the team for a full session Monday, but Bylsma's statement suggests the forward won't be available for at least Tuesday's game vs. the Stars. A return to the lineup Thursday vs. the Red Wings or over the weekend appears more realistic, assuming Bennett hits no snags in his recovery from the wrist injury.