News: John-Michael Liles (upper body) did not practice Monday. Analysis: John-Michael Liles missed Friday's game with the injury, leaving the Hurricanes a little shorthanded on the blue line with Justin Faulk also out with an upper-body ailment. Coach Kirk Muller will likely wait and see how Liles feels during Tuesday's morning skate before making a decision on his availability for the team's game vs. the Rangers.
News: Steve Downie (illness) returned to practice Monday, CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reports. Analysis: A bout with the flu forced Steve Downie out of the Flyers' most recent game Saturday vs. the Leafs, but his return to the ice Monday suggests he's put the illness behind him. Look for him to return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Devils.
News: Jordan Nolan will have a hearing Monday afternoon stemming from his skirmish with the Oilers' Jesse Joensuu on Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Jordan Nolan appeared to sucker-punch Joensuu in the second period Sunday, and a suspension could be coming down from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. The Kings should provide word on Nolan's fate shortly after the hearing.
News: For now, the Bruins are downplaying the undisclosed injury that Daniel Paille suffered Sunday against the Panthers, csnne.com reports. "The doctor told him he couldn't go back in. I'm told it's not very serious, but those are hard to comment on," coach Claude Julien noted. "He felt pretty good after the game, so you never know. Hopefully it was just a minor bump." Analysis: To date, Daniel Paille has recorded nine goals and 16 points in 57 games for the B's, working mostly on the team's fourth line, as well as serving as a key penalty killer. If Paille is forced to miss any action beyond Sunday, Jordan Caron would presumably rejoin the Bruins' lineup in his place.
News: Anton Stralman (leg) logged 19:04 of ice time in Sunday's win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Anton Stralman was having difficulty putting weight on his leg after Friday's game against the Hurricanes, but it evidently wasn't a concern by the time Sunday rolled around. His playing time was in line with what fantasy owners have been accustomed to seeing from him, as were the two hits and a blocked shot he provided in the victory.
News: Jaroslav Halak will be in the crease Monday vs. the Penguins for his second straight start. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak was sound in his Capitals debut Sunday, turning away 31 of 33 shots to record the win. Considering Braden Holtby's immense struggles this season (19-14-3, 2.98 GAA, .911 save percentage), it wouldn't be a surprise to see Halak run away with the job eventually. However, Halak won't be given the No. 1 gig by default, so he'll need another strong performance against the Penguins to gain the confidence of coach Adam Oates.
News: Alec Martinez provided a point for the fourth straight game in Sunday's win over the Oilers. Analysis: A marginal offensive contributor for the Kings before being sidelined for most of February with an elbow injury, Alec Martinez has come out of the break unusually hot. He's been especially deadly on the power play since his return to action, but with his total ice time remaining below 15 minutes per night, it's difficult to count on the production continuing.
News: Jason Pominville recorded a goal in Sunday's shootout loss to the Blues. Analysis: After the Blues raced out to a 2-0 lead in the game's first 10 minutes, Jason Pominville turned the tables in the second period, getting the Wild on the board for their first score of the game. The winger has three points in five contests coming out of the Olympic break.
News: Carlo Colaiacovo recorded his first goal of the season in Sunday's shootout win over the Wild. Analysis: A healthy scratch the previous three games for the Blues, Carlo Colaiacovo came up huge Sunday, putting St. Louis up 2-0 in the first period on just their third shot of the game. It was his first goal since Feb. 11, 2012, spanning 42 games.
News: Jonathan Toews notched the game-winning goal in Sunday's victory over the Sabres. Analysis: Jonathan Toews was on the finishing end of a 3-on-2 rush early in the third period, with Brandon Saad whisking the puck through the crease past goalie Jhonas Enroth to Toews for the go-ahead goal. The 25-year-old has been phenomenal over his last four games, supplying an incredible six goals and an assist.