News: The Stars reassigned Chris Mueller to AHL Texas on Wednesday. Analysis: Chris Mueller played one game with the Stars after being recalled Tuesday, but failed to crack the score sheet in the team's overtime win over the Blues. He'll return to Texas where he's currently fourth on the team in points with 24 goals and 29 assists in 57 games to date.
News: Daniel Paille (concussion) skated Wednesday for the first time since being injured. Analysis: Although the winger has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens and likely won't play Thursday either he is expected to return Saturday against the Hurricanes. Daniel Paille recorded nine goals and seven assists in 57 games before getting hurt.
News: Marian Hossa, who suffered an upper body injury on March 1 against the Penguins, was expected to skate on Wednesday and could return for Sunday's contest against the Red Wings, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Marian Hossa was expected to miss between two-to-three weeks and that appears to be the case. If he does not skate against Detroit, it will most likely be Tuesday in Philadephia. For the last few years Hossa has been very durable and has skated most of the games. Hossa has 24 goals, 26 assists and a plus-25 rating in 57 games for the 2013-14 season.
News: Michael Grabner suffered a concussion Tuesday against the Canucks. Analysis: There is currently no timetable for his return, so it's probably safest to consider him week-to-week for now. The winger has 12 goals and 13 assists in 63 games this season, but will likely be moved to IR as the Islanders are expected to call up a replacement from AHL Bridgeport.
News: Corey Crawford will be on the bench on Wednesday as the Blackhawks go with Antti Raanta in goal against Colorado, Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: While Corey Crawford was looking to get another crack in goal against the Avalanche after last week's 4-2 loss to Colorado, Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville is just trying to get Raanta a start. Crawford is still the number one goal for Chicago and is expected to be back in goal for the next game, Friday at home against Nashville.
News: Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, MLive.com reports. Analysis: Blake Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding the Red Wings' Brendan Smith in the first period of Tuesday's game. Comeau will have a chat with the NHL's disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, though it would be surprising if gets suspended for more than one or two games.
News: Derek Morris was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Tuesday. Analysis: With no reports of an injury it would appear that coach Dave Tippett feels Brandon Gormley gives the club a better chance to win right now. If you would normally use Derek Morris, keep checking for news on his status for Thursday's game against Boston.
News: Carey Price (lower body) was a full participant at Wednesday's morning skate, John Lu of TSN reports. Analysis: He won't suit up for Wednesday's game, but it sounds like Carey Price is getting close to a return. Peter Budaj will start in Price's place as the Canadiens take on the arch-rival Bruins.
News: Peter Budaj will start between the pipes Wednesday against the Bruin, John Lu of TSN reports. Analysis: Peter Budaj has been saddled with three straight losses, and was yanked in his last outing after giving up two goals on 11 shots to the Sharks. He'll continue to get the majority of the starts for the Canadiens until Carey Price (lower body) returns, which could be fairly soon considering that Price was a full participant in Wednesday's morning skate.
News: Antoine Vermette picked up an assist Monday in a win over Florida. It was his third straight game with an assist. Analysis: Antoine Vermette continues to produce this season at a pace he hasn't reached in several years. He has an outside shot to put up 50 points, which he hasn't done since 2007-08.