News: Jonathan Quick is expected to start Monday against the Flames, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off at morning skate, as Martin Jones stayed in net to get some extra work. All signs point towards the Kings rolling with their top netminder, though it will be confirmed once the teams take the ice for pregame warmups.
News: Jonas Hiller will start in net Monday against the Kings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports. Analysis: An earlier report indicated Karri Ramo would receive the start in net, but it looks as though Jonas Hiller will actually be in net. He stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in his last start Saturday, and has now lost seven straight games. He will look to turn things around in his last start before the three-day holiday break.
News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Monday's game against the Canucks. Analysis: Mike Smith is mired in a deep slump that has seen him win just once since Nov. 7. He will square off against a Vancouver team that snapped a five-game losing streak its last time out with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Flames.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski is still not healthy, so he will miss his third straight game Tuesday night. Consider him questionable for Arizona's next game Tuesday.
News: Antti Niemi will start Monday's game against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi will look to keep things rolling after winning each of his last seven starts. He will square off against a Ducks team that he knocked off twice earlier this season.
News: Stephen Weiss is expected to return Tuesday against the Sabres, MLive.com reports. Analysis: Stephen Weiss has been out since Dec. 12 with the shoulder injury, but was expected to return before the three-day Christmans break. That appears to indeed be the case, as he should return Tuesday. The 31-year-old forward has four goals and six assists in 11 games with the Red Wings this season.
News: Brandon Gormley was recalled from AHL Portland on Monday, the San Francisco Chroncile reports. Analysis: Brandon Gormley's recall is likely to add depth and could indicated that Michael Stone (upper body) won't be available Tuesday. He could draw into the lineup if it's revealed that one of the other six defensemen is dealing with an injury as well.
News: Anton Khudobin stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Anton Khudobin was great Sunday, but got no offensive support in a 1-0 loss. The 28-year-old is still searching for his first win this season, posting an 0-8-2 record, to go with a .900 save percentage and 2.91 GAA. Considering the Hurricanes sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 22 points, it's hard to see Khudobin piling up the wins anytime soon. The backup to Cam Ward won't provide much fantasy value unless the Hurricanes get their season back on track.
News: Cam Talbot pitched an 18-save shutout in Sunday's win over Carolina. Analysis: Cam Talbot has been outstanding recently, recording a shutout in three of his past four games. The 27-year-old is now 3-3-1 on the season with an impressive .928 save percentage and 2.02 GAA. He has been one of the best backups this season and is a great fantasy option whenever starter Henrik Lundqvist gets the night off.
News: Adams (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve by the Penguins on Monday, Craig Adams of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Craig Adams missed Saturday's contest due to the injury, and the Penguins decided to place him on injured reserve. The move was likely made to open up a roster spot with three players being sent back to Pittsburgh to get tested for the mumps. Adams will be eligible to return for the team's game Saturday against the Capitals.