News: Alexander Steen (undisclosed) is expected to be back in the Blues' lineup Tuesday against Carolina, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Alexander Steen missed the Blues' last pre-season game with a "minor injury," but should be ready for the regular season. Health is a concern for Steen after he missed a dozen games last season, but the fact he scored 33 times shows that he can be very productive when he is near 100%.
News: Jaden Schwartz is expected to make his pre-season debut Thursday against Minnesota, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Jaden Schwartz will get back on the ice with teammates in a game for the first time since re-signing with the Blues. He is looking to build on his breakout season by getting into camp early enough to be ready for the Blues' opener on October 9.
News: Michael Stone, who scored eight times last season, is in line for a top six pairing, but who he will be partnered with is unclear, according to the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan. He will also get a look for the Coyotes' second power play unit. Analysis: The Coyotes are playing with their defense pairings in training camp and pre-season games. If he gets some power play time, Michael Stone's value will increase, but it's too early to read much into the team's plans at this point. Still, this is positive news for the 24 year-old.
News: Mike Smith stopped 23 of 25 shots he faced in a pre-season win over the Canucks on Monday. He played all 60 minutes in the victory. Analysis: Mike Smith appears to be fully recovered from an MCL injury suffered late last season. He is one of the keys to the Coyotes making it back to the playoffs after two straight years falling short.
News: Gustav Nyquist (knee) was on the ice for practice Tuesday, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports. Analysis: Even if he's limited in the final preseason contests, Gustav Nyquist appears to be on track to play Opening Night, but it sounds like there is a good chance he'll be back on the ice for game action before then.
News: Jonathan Ericsson (groin/hip flexor) was held out of practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: He's considered day-to-day, and the Wings continue to suggest that the injury is not serious.
News: Jonathan Drouin (thumb) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey Tuesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: That he's on the ice in any capacity is certainly a good sign in his recovery. The current expectation is that Jonathan Drouin will miss at least the first week of the regular season as a result of the injury which is believed to have been suffered earlier this month.
News: Shayne Gostisbehere notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-3 blowout loss to the Rangers. Analysis: The goal marked the second of the preseason for the rookie defenseman. The Flyers have high hopes for the collegiate standout, especially with the loss of defensive stalwart Kimmo Timonen. Still, it seems likely the Flyers' will first want Shayne Gostisbehere to polish his game in the AHL. A mid-season call-up isn't out of the question, so he could be worth a late-round pick in some leagues.
News: Samuel Morin allowed his temper to get the best of him, cross-checking Rangers' winger Mats Zuccarello after Zuccarello upended Morin. Analysis: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia, Flyers' coaches had already talked to the 19-year-old Samuel Morin about controlling his emotions. For Panaccio, this is a clear signal the young defenseman isn't ready for the big leagues. Draft accordingly.
News: Steve Mason allowed six goals on 37 shots in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers. Analysis: With the Flyers' defense still looking messy, Steve Mason looks like a backup option -- at best.