News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: It looks like the All-Star break provided sufficient time for Tuomo Ruutu to recover from the flu, but it's uncertain if he'll return to the lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Maple Leafs, the Devils' first game of the second half. He remains listed on injured reserve for the squad, so he'll be questionable to play until he's formally activated.
News: Curtis Glencross (lower body) participated in practice Wednesday morning, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Following Tuesday's game, coach Bob Hartley indicated Curtis Glencross could return as early as Thursday, and his presence at Wednesday's practice seems to improve the chances of that. More on his status should become known closer to Thursday's opening faceoff.
News: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick ended the first half on a sour note, losing seven straight games to drop to 16-12-10 on the season. He had fared better in his more recent outings, but there's only so many ways to put positive spin on a losing streak of that length. It's probably for the best for fantasy owners to keep him on the bench against the Blackhawks, who lead the league in shot attempts per game.
News: Colin Greening cleared waivers Wednesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: The Senators haven't announced as much, but since Colin Greening is no longer being listed on the team's 23-man roster, it's assumed he'll be reassigned to AHL Binghamton. Greening provided only one point in 20 games this season.
News: Peter Holland (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve and return to the lineup Wednesday against the Devils, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: The upper-body ailment has kept Peter Holland out of commission since New Year's Eve. With nearly a month to recover from the injury, Holland appears to be sufficiently healed, and should fill an important role for the Leafs in their bottom-six group of forwards. He looks set to pivot a third line of Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli on Wednesday night.
News: Leo Komarov (shoulder) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Devils, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Leo Komarov is slated to join Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel on the Leafs' top line after missing the previous five games with the shoulder injury. He's been a dependable complementary piece for the Leafs this season with 18 points and 124 hits across 29 games, but an inability to stay healthy has lessened some of his impact.
News: Simon Gagne (personal) was placed on unconditional waivers, likely for the purpose of his release, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: The move doesn't change Simon Gagne's situation much, as it was announced a couple weeks earlier that he wouldn't return to the Bruins again this season following the recent death of his father. He'll put his hockey career on hold for now, but could resurface in training camp with another squad next summer.
News: Kevin Connauton skipped Wednesday's practice with an illness but is expected to play Thursday against the Panthers, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It appears Kevin Connauton will still be cleared to travel with the team to South Florida, with his condition likely to be revisited during Thursday's morning skate. Connauton has been a fantastic addition for the Blue Jackets since being claimed off waivers in November, notching seven goals and six assists over 26 games with his new squad.
News: Coach Todd Richards indicated that Jeremy Morin will be sidelined indefinitely by an upper-body injury. Analysis: Jeremy Morin saw 7:11 worth of ice time Tuesday against the Capitals before leaving the game with an injury that the Columbus Post-Dispatch relays is unrelated to the upper-body issue that Morin sustained last Wednesday against the Jets.
News: Artem Anisimov (triceps) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Artem Anisimov will be examined by team doctors later Wednesday before it's determined whether or not he'll travel with the team to South Florida for Thursday's game against the Panthers. If doctors give him the green light to play, there's a good chance he'll be activated from IR following Thursday's morning skate.