News: John Mitchell (leg) will not play Tuesday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: John Mitchell didn't even make the trip to Arizona for the game, as he continues to recover from the injury he's believed to have sustained last Thursday against the Capitals. Since it doesn't sound like he's resumed skating yet, it appears doubtful that Mitchell will be able to play in Wednesday's home date with the Blackhawks.
News: Alex Tanguay (fractured jaw), who was expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, will instead miss his second consecutive game, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: After it was indicated a day earlier that Alex Tanguay wouldn't have to miss further time due to the jaw injury, coach Patrick Roy said the forward was still experiencing blurred vision and pain on the side of his head following Tuesday's morning skate. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the setback is significant for Tanguay at the moment, so with an extra day off, the possibility exists that he could be ready to go when the Avs return home for a game Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but doesn't think he'll be cleared to return until the weekend, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Merely being on the ice amounts to a good sign for Clayton Stoner, as it was feared that he had been the latest Ducks player to succumb to the debilitating mumps virus. Stoner's symptoms were believed to be similar to the virus, but team doctors determined his particular illness wasn't contagious after he never experienced a fever. He's still need to skate for a few days to get his conditioning back up to par before coach Bruce Boudreau decides whether or not to use him Friday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Donald Brashear signed a contract with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday. Analysis: The move seemingly comes out of nowhere, as Donald Brashear hasn't played professional hockey since the 2009-10. It appears Brashear's relationship with former Flyers teammate Peter Forsberg, who serves as MODO's assistant GM, might have influenced the club's decision to bring him aboard. The long-time tough guy will be tasked with protecting MODO's stars, which most notably includes Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, a top-10 pick in last June's NHL Entry Draft.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the net Tuesday against the Jets. Analysis: Since holding the Sharks to one goal on 37 shots in his return from injured reserve Nov. 15, Sergei Bobrovsky has dropped his last three turns, yielding at least three goals in all of them. Fortunately, he'll have a good chance to turn the tide versus a struggling Jets attack that rank 29th in the NHL in scoring with 1.95 goals per game.
News: Bo Horvat will remain with the Canucks rather than return to his junior team after his nine-game trial ends. Analysis: Recalled by the Canucks earlier in November after missing the season's first month while recovering from a shoulder injury, Bo Horvat needed to impress out of the gate to warrant staying in Vancouver, and he was able to do just that. He's been especially superb over the Canucks' last two games, potting his first NHL goal on Nov. 20 and gathering three assists in Sunday's victory Sunday night. The 19-year-old could notice increased ice time after the three-assist performance, so it's certainly worthwhile to track him the next few games and possibly pick him up if he continues to thrive.
News: Dmitry Kulikov notched his fifth assist in as many games during Monday's 4-1 loss against the Wild. Analysis: Dmitry Kulikov's assist came after his slapshot was tipped in by Shawn Thornton in the second period. He also contributed three shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating, being the only plus player for Florida. Kulikov has seemed to find his offensive game of late, compiling five assists --one on the power-play-- in his last five games.
News: Michael Raffl (ankle) may return to action as soon as Friday against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: The Flyers seemed to be targeting a Saturday return for Michael Raffl initially, but ended up making a slight adjustment after he practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering the injury approximately three weeks ago. The young winger showed strong rapport with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek in the early going, so it seems likely coach Craig Berube would plug him back in on the top line once he's deemed healthy.
News: Luke Gazdic will make his season debut Tuesday versus the Stars, according to the Edmonton Journal. Analysis: Luke Gazdic missed the first month of the season due to a shoulder injury and has been a healthy scratch for the last couple of weeks. His presence in the lineup tonight will be as a deterrent to opposing players from taking cheap shots at the Oilers. Gazdic is a five minute major waiting to happen.
News: Seth Griffith was recalled from AHL Providence. Analysis: As one of the Bruins' few forwards with minor league options, Seth Griffith was sent down to Providence prior to Monday's game to clear room for Brad Marchand (undisclosed) to return from IR. Griffith figures to hold down a regular role with the Bruins going forward, but he'll need to get over his recent point slide in order to keep receiving around 15 minutes per game.