News: Brendan Shinnimin was recalled from AHL Portland on Wednesday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: The Coyotes lost center Joe Vitale (upper body) to injury Tuesday against the Flyers, prompting the call-up of Brendan Shinnimin as insurance in the event Vitale can't play Thursday in Toronto. Shinnimin, 24, has nine goals and 25 points in 40 games with AHL Portland this season.
News: Mats Zuccarello reported that he was feeling ill Wednesday, according to Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: Coach Alain Vigneault noted that he still expects Mats Zuccarello to play Thursday against the Canadiens. In the meantime, Zuccarello will attempt to pick up some rest before aiming for a return to the ice Thursday morning.
News: Jiri Tlusty was absent from Wednesday's practice for what coach Bill Peters described as maintenance purposes. Analysis: Jiri Tlusty, who scored a goal in Tuesday's win over the Lightning, appeared to take a hard hit into the boards during the contest, resulting in a brief trip to the locker room. While Tlusty was healthy enough to return later in the contest, he's likely still experiencing soreness on some level. He's expected to return to practice Thursday and suit up for Friday's game versus the Blues.
News: Jeremy Morin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Blue Jackets wasted no time in moving Jeremy Morin to IR after he likely aggravated a pre-existing upper-body ailment during Tuesday's win over the Capitals. Morin has three points in 17 games with Columbus this season and was likely to notice a diminished role with the impending returns of Artem Anisimov (triceps) and Boone Jenner (back). The team is considering him out indefinitely for now.
News: Sidney Crosby (lower body) skated again Wednesday morning, but an announcement on his status for the game later in the evening against the Capitals has yet to be revealed, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Since Wednesday's skate was just an optional one for the Penguins after Tuesday's win over the Jets, the media was unable to inquire about Sidney Crosby's availability versus the Capitals. For what it's worth, Crosby was on the ice for about 30 minutes, and indicated he had "felt good" while skating a day earlier. It's possible the Penguins won't provide any updates until the team holds warmups 30 minutes prior to the game's 8:00 ET start time, so Crosby's fantasy owners will surely want to keep track of his situation during that block.
News: Nino Niederreiter scored his 15th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Edmonton. Analysis: It was his first goal in 17 games. After a hot start to the season, Nino Niederreiter had registered just four assists in a 17-game stretch. Hopefully this outing ends his slump.
News: Tyler Toffoli (illness) took part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Tyler Toffoli's return to the lineup won't be confirmed until he's formally activated from injured reserve, but that's likely to occur at some point in the afternoon. The winger, who has 12 goals and 27 points over 41 games, had been sidelined with a case of mononucleosis over the last two weeks. Expect him to skate on the second line with Jeff Carter and Dwight King on Wednesday evening.
News: Nicklas Grossmann (upper body) won't be a lineup option for Thursday's game against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Nicklas Grossmann has been cleared to play at this point after missing the previous three weeks with the injury, but the coaching staff believes the blueliner is in need of some more practice time. His return to action could come over the weekend against the Leafs, with Carlo Colaiacovo likely moving out of the lineup to accommodate him.
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.