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: Blake Comeau (suspension) will return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Hurricanes, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Coach Todd Richards has yet to decide who will come out of the lineup in place of Blake Comeau, who was suspended for the last two games. Comeau, 28, has three goals and nine assists in 46 games.
News: Cam Fowler (lower body) did not practice Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Cam Fowler ended up sitting out Saturday's game against the Kings after suffering the lower-body injury Friday night. While Fowler is officially questionable for Tuesday's contest against the Capitals, his absence from practice wouldn't seem to bode well for his chances of playing.
News: Paul Stastny (back) could be a lineup possibility for Tuesday's game vs. the Canadiens, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avalanche have given Paul Stastny the last four games off while he tends to a back injury, but it sounds like he could be closing in on a return. There's been no word if he's rejoined his teammates on the ice for practices since first sustaining the injury, but a firmer determination on his status could be made following Tuesday's morning skate.
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.