News: Anton Khudobin stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Anton Khudobin was great Sunday, but got no offensive support in a 1-0 loss. The 28-year-old is still searching for his first win this season, posting an 0-8-2 record, to go with a .900 save percentage and 2.91 GAA. Considering the Hurricanes sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 22 points, it's hard to see Khudobin piling up the wins anytime soon. The backup to Cam Ward won't provide much fantasy value unless the Hurricanes get their season back on track.
News: Cam Talbot pitched an 18-save shutout in Sunday's win over Carolina. Analysis: Cam Talbot has been outstanding recently, recording a shutout in three of his past four games. The 27-year-old is now 3-3-1 on the season with an impressive .928 save percentage and 2.02 GAA. He has been one of the best backups this season and is a great fantasy option whenever starter Henrik Lundqvist gets the night off.
News: Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice at Monday's skate and is expected to start against Columbus, according to Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean. Analysis: With Sergei Bobrovsky expected to start for the Blue Jackets, this is one of the best goalie matchups you'll see in hockey. You're starting Pekka Rinne and his 21 wins, 1.87 GAA at pretty much every opportunity unless we can find a good reason to tell you otherwise.
News: Jimmy Howard (groin) left practice early Monday, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports. Analysis: The implication is that Jimmy Howard will not likely be available to play Tuesday. Howard was already practicing aside from the rest of the team before leaving.
News: Coach Mike Johnston indicated Jeff Zatkoff will be recalled before Monday's game against the Panthers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Jeff Zatkoff will be the backup for at least Monday's game with Thomas Greiss having been sent back to Pittsburgh to undergo testing for the mumps. Marc-Andre Fleury will almost certainly receive the start in net, but Zatkoff will be the goalie on the bench in the case of an emergency. The 27-year-old netminder has a 10-5-1 record witha 1.77 GAA and .926 save percentage with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
News: Thomas Greiss is being tested for the mumps and will not be available for Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Thomas Greiss tested negative for the mumps just a few days ago, but it appears he is not out of the woods just yet. With Greiss unavailable Monday, Jeff Zatkoff is expected to be recalled to fill the backup duties behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
News: Brandon Sutter is being tested for the mumps and will not play in Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Brandon Sutter was able to travel to Florida for Monday's game, but with him possibly coming down with the mumps, he will be held out of action Monday. It remains to be seen if he will return to the team for Pittsburgh's next game Tuesday in Tampa.
News: Steve Downie is being tested for the mumps and will not play in Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Steve Downie flew with his teammates to Florida for Monday's game, but the Penguins sent him back home after he showed potential symptoms of the mumps. The Penguins play in Tampa on Tuesday, and it remains to be seen if Downie will be able to rejoin the team prior to that contest.
News: John-Michael Liles (illness) returned to action Sunday against the Rangers. He saw 18:34 of ice time in the defeat. Analysis: The blueliner missed the Hurricanes' previous three games. He finished Sunday's contest with no points on two shot attempts, and chipped in two hits and a blocked shot on the defensive end.
News: Jordie Benn (illness) returned to action Sunday against the Oilers, skating for 18:21 in the shootout win. Analysis: Jordie Benn, who had missed the Stars' previous contest with the illness, wasn't much of a factor offensively in his return, as has been the case all season. He has just six points in 27 games and brings most of his utility on his own end.