News: Tyler Kennedy (upper body) was sent back to New York Wednesday to visit with team doctors. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy was a late scratch for Tuesday's game after suffering an upper-body injury. It's possible he could re-join the team on short notice, but at this point it would appear his status for Thursday's game in Nashville is iffy. The exact nature and extent of the injury is still unclear, but there may be more news available after he meets with the team doctors.
News: Jimmy Hayes handed out two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs. Analysis: The two helpers allowed Jimmy Hayes to snap a seven-game pointless slide, matching his longest drought of the season. Despite the slump, Hayes is still regarded as one of the Panthers' most effective finishers at the net. His 17 goals on the campaign trail rank him second on the team behind Nick Bjugstad (22).
News: Casey Cizikas (lower body) will likely return for Thursday's contest against the Predators. Analysis: Casey Cizikas has resumed skating the past few days, and coach Jack Capuano indicated that there's a good chance the center would be back to start the team's road trip. If Matt Martin receives a suspension in Wednesday's hearing, Cizikas could be activated in a corresponding move.
News: Matt Stajan is expected to re-join the team Wednesday after the birth of his child. Analysis: Matt Stajan left the team last week for the expected birth of his child, and it appears that he'll be back in time for Thursday's contest against the Bruins. Michael Ferland and Emile Poirier were both recalled from AHL Adirondack last week, so it's likely one of the two forwards will be sent back down when Stajan is activated.
News: Jakob Silfverberg collected a goal, two assists and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: The points give him 30 on the year (10 goals, 20 assists), already well above his previous best of 23 from last season. The Ducks' forward corps is a fairly crowded bunch at the moment, so the 24-year-old will probably continue to have a hard time consistently hitting the scoresheet. However, he has fired 144 shots on goal this season, making him an intriguing option in leagues that count the stat.
News: Brett Connolly left Wednesday's practice early after taking a puck to the hand. Analysis: Per the report, the newly-acquired Brett Connolly is being evaluated by team doctors, which clouds his status for Thursday's game against the Flames.
News: Henrik Zetterberg (upper body) has been cleared to play Wednesday against the Rangers, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg, who is thus on track to be taken of the Wings' IR list in advance of Wednesday's contest, last suited up for the team on Feb. 21.
News: Matt Beleskey (shoulder) has been able to take shots and one-timers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Matt Beleskey is less than a week removed from his latest timetable of being about a week to 10 days away from a return, so his progress is obviously an encouraging sign. He appears to be on pace to return at some point next week, provided he's able to participate in practice before being activated.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic tallied his eighth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: The eight goals match Marc-Edouard Vlasic's output from the last two seasons combined. He's benefited greatly from a 10.3 shooting rate that is nearly six points higher than his career percentage, so it wouldn't be surprising if Vlasic ends up falling short of the double-digit goals despite 17 games remaining on the Sharks' schedule.
News: Roberto Luongo is slated to undergo a CT scan on his shoulder/collarbone area, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports Analysis: More on Roberto Luongo's status as we know it, but with fellow goalie Al Montoya likely to miss a decent chunk of time, the Panthers have recalled Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain.