News: Sidney Crosby (lower body) skated again Wednesday morning, but an announcement on his status for the game later in the evening against the Capitals has yet to be revealed, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Since Wednesday's skate was just an optional one for the Penguins after Tuesday's win over the Jets, the media was unable to inquire about Sidney Crosby's availability versus the Capitals. For what it's worth, Crosby was on the ice for about 30 minutes, and indicated he had "felt good" while skating a day earlier. It's possible the Penguins won't provide any updates until the team holds warmups 30 minutes prior to the game's 8:00 ET start time, so Crosby's fantasy owners will surely want to keep track of his situation during that block.
News: Nino Niederreiter scored his 15th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Edmonton. Analysis: It was his first goal in 17 games. After a hot start to the season, Nino Niederreiter had registered just four assists in a 17-game stretch. Hopefully this outing ends his slump.
News: Tyler Toffoli (illness) took part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Tyler Toffoli's return to the lineup won't be confirmed until he's formally activated from injured reserve, but that's likely to occur at some point in the afternoon. The winger, who has 12 goals and 27 points over 41 games, had been sidelined with a case of mononucleosis over the last two weeks. Expect him to skate on the second line with Jeff Carter and Dwight King on Wednesday evening.
News: Nicklas Grossmann (upper body) won't be a lineup option for Thursday's game against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Nicklas Grossmann has been cleared to play at this point after missing the previous three weeks with the injury, but the coaching staff believes the blueliner is in need of some more practice time. His return to action could come over the weekend against the Leafs, with Carlo Colaiacovo likely moving out of the lineup to accommodate him.
News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: It looks like the All-Star break provided sufficient time for Tuomo Ruutu to recover from the flu, but it's uncertain if he'll return to the lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Maple Leafs, the Devils' first game of the second half. He remains listed on injured reserve for the squad, so he'll be questionable to play until he's formally activated.
News: Curtis Glencross (lower body) participated in practice Wednesday morning, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Following Tuesday's game, coach Bob Hartley indicated Curtis Glencross could return as early as Thursday, and his presence at Wednesday's practice seems to improve the chances of that. More on his status should become known closer to Thursday's opening faceoff.
News: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick ended the first half on a sour note, losing seven straight games to drop to 16-12-10 on the season. He had fared better in his more recent outings, but there's only so many ways to put positive spin on a losing streak of that length. It's probably for the best for fantasy owners to keep him on the bench against the Blackhawks, who lead the league in shot attempts per game.
News: Colin Greening cleared waivers Wednesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: The Senators haven't announced as much, but since Colin Greening is no longer being listed on the team's 23-man roster, it's assumed he'll be reassigned to AHL Binghamton. Greening provided only one point in 20 games this season.
News: Peter Holland (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve and return to the lineup Wednesday against the Devils, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: The upper-body ailment has kept Peter Holland out of commission since New Year's Eve. With nearly a month to recover from the injury, Holland appears to be sufficiently healed, and should fill an important role for the Leafs in their bottom-six group of forwards. He looks set to pivot a third line of Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli on Wednesday night.
News: Leo Komarov (shoulder) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Devils, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Leo Komarov is slated to join Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel on the Leafs' top line after missing the previous five games with the shoulder injury. He's been a dependable complementary piece for the Leafs this season with 18 points and 124 hits across 29 games, but an inability to stay healthy has lessened some of his impact.