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 core 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 that stat.
News: Emile Poirier collected an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers. Analysis: This counts as Emile Poirier's first point in four games since getting called up from AHL Adirondack on Feb. 23. The speedy winger is a highly touted prospect, so it would be wise to closely monitor his progress in the infancy of his career. Prior to his ascension to the majors, Poirier had 14 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with the Baby Flames.
News: Henrik Zetterberg (upper body) will likely return to the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg's upper-body injury could have been a concussion, as he showed symptoms of the ailment, but he hasn't dressed for a game since Feb. 21. It appears that streak will end Wednesday, as he looks to be ready. The veteran winger has accumulated 49 points over 57 games this season, and will look to add to that total Wednesday.
News: Sam Brittain was recalled from ECHL Cincinnati on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: The Panthers experienced the ultimate doomsday scenario Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, as both Roberto Luongo (neck/shoulder) and Al Montoya (groin) were both forced to leave the game with injuries. For a moment, it appeared as though 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas would have to enter the crease as an emergency option, but Luongo was permitted to reenter the game to finish out the third period. Even so, it's clear that neither Luongo and Montoya are completely healthy, prompting the team to recall Sam Brittain and AHL goalie Dan Ellis in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars. It's unclear at this juncture if either goalie will be needed to dress for the game, but Ellis would likely play ahead of Brittain if both Luongo and Montoya are ruled out. Brittain, 22, has never made an appearance at the NHL level and hasn't impressed with Cincinnati this season, posting a 2.71 GAA and .895 save percentage over 27 games.
News: Dan Ellis was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: With both Roberto Luongo (neck/shoulder) and Al Montoya (groin) forced to exit Tuesday's loss against the Maple Leafs at various points in the contest, both goalies are being listed as day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars. The uncertain health of the netminders prompted the recalls of Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain on Wednesday, though it's unclear if either or both will be forced to dress Thursday. By virtue of his greater NHL experience, Ellis ranks third on the Panthers' organizational depth chart, so he would get the start Thursday ahead of Brittain in the event Luongo and Montoya are ruled out.
News: Mikhail Grigorenko was re-assigned to AHL Rochester, reports Kevin Oklobzija of The Democrat and Chronicle. Analysis: Well, that was short. Mikhail Grigorenko's stint with the Sabres lasted just one game, and he didn't even play, sitting out as a healthy scratch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. With top center Zemgus Girgensons (fractured ankle) out of the lineup, Grigorenko was in position to take the spot, but head coach Ted Nolan opted for Phil Varone instead. Grigorenko may move between the NHL and AHL a few more times this season.
News: Nick Bjugstad was removed from Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs in the third period after being struck by the puck, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Coach Gerard Gallant indicated after the game that Bjugstad was OK, and just had the wind knocked out of him. Analysis: Nick Bjugstad's removal from the game was overshadowed by the Panthers' drama in goal, as both starter Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were forced to exit the game at various points due to injury. Fortunately, it appears Bjugstad was able to avoid any significant pain, so the expectation is that he'll be back in the fold for Thursday's game against the Stars. His availability should be affirmed following the Panthers' gameday skate.
News: Barclay Goodrow registered an assist and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Canucks. Analysis: The Sharks were brilliant on offense Tuesday, and it started with Barclay Goodrow passing to center Chris Tierney for the game's first goal. Goodrow is a rookie adjusting to life in the majors, making him the prototypical depth player this early in his career.
News: Al Montoya, who took the loss in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to the Maple Leafs, was forced from the game midway through the third period with an apparent groin injury, USA Today reports. Analysis: With starting goalie Roberto Luongo (neck) initially ruled out for the night after finishing out the first period with the Panthers holding a 1-0 lead, Al Montoya was called upon to man the net. Disaster would eventually strike 22 seconds into the third period, as Montoya appeared to hurt himself while scrambling to stop Nazem Kadri's game-tying goal. Knowing that Luongo had been ruled out for the game, Montoya initially tried to tough it out the rest of the way, but was rendered virtually immobile in the crease. Shortly after he conceded the eventual winning goal to the Leafs' Peter Holland at the 5:28 mark of the third period, Montoya was pulled for good. The Panthers initially appeared poised to turn to 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas -- who hadn't appeared in the NHL since 2001 -- as an emergency option in the net, but after a few minutes, Luongo returned from the locker room to play the final 15 minutes. Though Luongo was able to play through the injury to close out the game, it's clear that both Panthers goalies should be considered day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars. The team already announced Wednesday that goalies Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain would be recalled from the minors, though it's uncertain at this time if none, either, or both will be forced to dress for Thursday's game.
News: Roberto Luongo, who was removed from Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs following the first period after taking a slap shot the neck and shoulder area, reentered the game in the third period and played the final 15 minutes of the Panthers' 3-2 defeat. He stopped all 19 shots he faced on the night but didn't factor into the decision, as backup Al Montoya was charged with the loss. Analysis: Upon being pelted by the Leo Komarov shot with four minutes remaining in the first period, Roberto Luongo remained down on the ice for a few moments and was examined by the Panthers' team trainer. Though he was permitted to finish out the period, Luongo remained in the locker room after the first intermission, with the Panthers deciding to rule him out for precautionary purposes. Montoya then manned the net for the next 20 minutes before suffering an injury of his own 22 seconds into the third period. With no other goalie option on hand with Luongo seemingly ruled out, Montoya tried to play through the injury, but was clearly limited. After he conceded the game-winning goal, Montoya was mercifully pulled, with Luongo, who had been in street clothes just a moments earlier, returning to the crease. It doesn't look like the injury Luongo sustained is too severe, but with the Panthers recalling two goalies from the minor-league ranks Wednesday, he should be considered day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars.