News: Al Montoya will be in the crease Monday vs. the Avalanche, Jim Toth of 680 CJOB reports. Analysis: Al Montoya came on strong to spell Ondrej Pavelec on Saturday vs. the Senators, knocking away all 12 shots to keep the bleeding from getting worse. The quality performance was enough to convince coach Paul Maurice to give Montoya the start Monday, but even with another solid outing, he probably won't displace Pavelec as the No. 1 starter.
News: Robert Bortuzzo will not play Monday against the Capitals. Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo skated in warm-ups, but evidently didn't feel healthy enough to play. He'll aim to return Tuesday what the Pens' finish up their home-and-home series with the Caps.
News: Brian Gibbons (lower body) did not participate in warm-ups before Monday's game against the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Brian Gibbons' absence from warm-ups pretty much rules him out of the game, so it would be wise to sit him if possible. He'll try to rest up and get ready for Tuesday's rematch with the Caps.
News: Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Nate Prosser, Clayton Stoner and Ballard will rotate being healthy scratches the rest of the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: It looks like Keith Ballard could lose some playing time down the stretch.
News: The Capitals have placed Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) on the injured reserve list retroactive to Feb. 27, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: The team did not specify whether Mikhail Grabovski was on the short-term or long-term injured reserve list, the latter having salary cap implications. The designation will open up a roster spot for the Capitals to recall a player from Hershey. Grabovski stated on Saturday that he was hopeful to resume skating some time this week, but so far no timetable has been given for his return.
News: The Hurricanes recalled Michal Jordan from AHL Charlotte on Monday. Analysis: Michal Jordan was recalled on an emergency basis, and will serve as the team's seventh defenseman while John-Michael Liles is sidelined with an upper body injury. Jordan has recorded three goals and 12 assists in 53 games with Charlotte this season.
News: Anton Lander was sent back down to the AHL on Monday, according to the Oilers web site. Analysis: The Oilers chose to keep top prospect Oscar Klefbom on the roster over Anton Lander who will resume his captaincy on the Barons. Lander was a second round pick by Edmonton in 2010 so he still has a future but more than likely as a bottom pair d-man.
News: Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jordan Nolan will sit out Monday's game against the Flames for his punch to the head of the Oilers' Jesse Joensuu on Sunday. Nolan currently has five goals, four assists, and 52 PIM in 54 games to date.
News: Martin Havlat is still feeling the effects of offseason pelvic surgery, CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Head coach Todd McLellan noted that Martin Havlat should not be considered a healthy scratch when he doesn't play because he is still feeling stiff. There's really no way to know when he'll be 100-percent again, so it sounds like he'll continue to miss games on a consistent basis moving forward.
News: Brad Stuart (upper body) is not close to returning, CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Brad Stuart still isn't participating in contact drills at practice, although head coach Todd McLellan did say that he is continuing to work on his conditioning. The blueliner hasn't suited up since February 7, but recorded three goals and six assists before getting hurt.