News: Jonathan Quick is expected to start Monday against the Flames, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off at morning skate, as Martin Jones stayed in net to get some extra work. All signs point towards the Kings rolling with their top netminder, though it will be confirmed once the teams take the ice for pregame warmups.
News: Jonas Hiller will start in net Monday against the Kings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports. Analysis: An earlier report indicated Karri Ramo would receive the start in net, but it looks as though Jonas Hiller will actually be in net. He stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in his last start Saturday, and has now lost seven straight games. He will look to turn things around in his last start before the three-day holiday break.
News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Monday's game against the Canucks. Analysis: Mike Smith is mired in a deep slump that has seen him win just once since Nov. 7. He will square off against a Vancouver team that snapped a five-game losing streak its last time out with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Flames.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski is still not healthy, so he will miss his third straight game Tuesday night. Consider him questionable for Arizona's next game Tuesday.
News: Antti Niemi will start Monday's game against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi will look to keep things rolling after winning each of his last seven starts. He will square off against a Ducks team that he knocked off twice earlier this season.
News: Brendan Woods was recalled from AHL Charlotte for the first time in his career Monday. Analysis: Brendan Woods will be available for the Hurricanes when they face the Devils on Tuesday. The former Wisconsin standout has played in 73 career AHL games for Charlotte over the past two seasons and currently ranks fourth among his AHL team in points with 13 over 29 games this season.
News: Torrey Mitchell (foot) was placed on injured reserve Sunday. Analysis: The foot injury is set to sideline Torrey Mitchell until at least after the Christmas break, so his status won't change with the move to IR. With Cody McCormick (lower body) also landing on IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Bruins, both Tim Schaller and Mark Pysyk were recalled from AHL Rochester.
News: Cody McCormick (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday. Analysis: With several Sabres players succumbing to either injury or illness over the weekend, Cody McCormick was moved to IR in order to facilitate a roster spot for a healthy call-up. McCormick last played Dec. 11, so he's eligible to be activated from IR as soon as the Sabres determine he's ready to play. Coach Ted Nolan indicated Monday that McCormick could be activated as soon as Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, according to Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
News: Matt Bartkowski will not be suspended or fined for his hit to the head on the Sabres' Brian Gionta on Sunday night, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: The NHL Department of Player Safety deemed Matt Bartkowski's hit on Gionta to be an example of incidental contact to the head, since the Bruins blueliner didn't specifically target the head on his attempted check. Gionta ended up skating off the ice after the hit, but never returned to the game, suggesting he might have sustained a concussion. The Sabres' Marcus Foligno would later injure his hand in a fight with Bartkowski, who ended up picking up a season-high 20 PIM in the 4-3 victory.
News: Jannik Hansen (undisclosed) will ultimately not play in Monday's game against the Coyotes despite getting the initial go-ahead earlier in the day, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during Saturday's game against the Flames but cleared his medical tests and was allowed to play Monday. However, the Canucks don't play again until Sunday, so they are choosing to give Hansen some added rest just in case.