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: Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice Monday morning, suggesting that he is in line to start the Bruins' evening game against the Wild. Analysis: Look for Tuukka Rask to return to the Boston net on Monday after giving way to Chad Johnson in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes. Rask has won his last five starts for the surging B's, who have notched eight victories in a row overall.
News: Johnny Boychuk (foot) was not spotted at the Bruins' Monday morning skate. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk came out of Saturday's win over Carolina banged up, after crashing awkwardly into the boards and limping off the ice, as well as being stung later by a shot that he blocked. It's possible that his absence from Monday's skate was simply maintenance-related, though with the Bruins' surplus of blueliners, the team could decide to rest Boychuk on Monday against the Wild.
News: Alex Goligoski (undisclosed) was back in the lineup Sunday vs. the Jets, logging 23:10 of ice time. Analysis: Alex Goligoski picked up an assist but found himself on the ice for too many Winnipeg goals, resulting in a woeful minus-4 rating. The key number here, however, is the 20-plus minutes of ice time, demonstrating that Goligoski wasn't seeming especially limited by the injury.
News: Cody Eakin (lower body) returned to the lineup Sunday vs. the Jets, logging an assist and a minus-3 rating in the defeat. Analysis: Although it was nice to see Cody Eakin register a point Sunday after missing the previous game due to injury, he was one of several Stars players who took a heavy hit to their plus/minus rating in the blowout loss. Eakin has 30 points, 85 hits and 51 blocks through 66 games this season.
News: Cody Ceci has been held without a point in his two games since suffering a cut on his ear Monday night. Analysis: The slash to the ear never seriously threatened Cody Ceci's ability to play in the Sens' next two games after he was patched up by team doctors. He saw 18-plus minutes Saturday and Sunday and should be a fixture in the lineup for the games to come.
News: Ben Bishop was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to draw the start Monday vs. the Canucks, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: With Ben Bishop getting over a recent slump with a shutout of the Devils on Saturday, coach Jon Cooper will hand the net over to him without much hesitation Monday. He beat the Canucks in his only previous matchup against them Jan. 1, stopping 28 of 30 shots in the 4-2 win.
News: With Christopher Nilstorp heading back to AHL Texas on Monday, it would seem that Kari Lehtonen (concussion) would be available Tuesday vs. the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Coach Lindy Ruff has yet to decide on a starter for Tuesday's game, but expect Kari Lehtonen to make the nod now that it seems his concussion symptoms have fully dissipated after three games out of the lineup. Backup Tim Thomas went 1-1-1 while filling in for the Stars in Lehtonen's stead.
News: Cris Nilstorp was reassigned to AHL Texas on Monday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Cris Nilstorp's demotion suggests Kari Lehtonen (concussion) will be at least ready to serve as the backup goalie Tuesday vs. the Penguins. The 30-year-old saw some action in relief of Tim Thomas in Sunday's loss to the Jets, allowing three goals on 17 shot attempts.
News: Thomas Vanek had six shots on goal in Sunday's win over Buffalo and now has 16 in the past three games. Analysis: Since moving to the top line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek has more shots on goal but just one assist. At some point, we'll see Vanek generate the kind of offense the Canadiens were hoping for when they acquired him from the Islanders. Until then, you'll just have to take comfort in the fact that he's establishing a rapport with his new mates and the signs are there.