News: Chris Wagner was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: With the aftermath of the trade deadline now settled, the Ducks found themselves with an open roster spot and will tab Chris Wagner to fill it. The newly acquired Tomas Fleischmann has joined the team in Arizona and is expected to play Tuesday, likely leaving Wagner to serve as a healthy scratch in his return to the parent club.
News: Jacob Markstrom will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Coach Willie Desjardins suggested that Jacob Markstrom was on tap for his season debut with the Canucks in the near future, and it appears that will come Tuesday, as Eddie Lack gets a rare night off. A former top goalie prospect during his days in the Panthers organization, Markstrom saw his stock fall after rough showings in the AHL over the last two seasons. After landing with the Canucks last March as one of the pieces in the Roberto Luongo deal, Markstrom passed through waivers unclaimed following training camp and has since thrived at AHL Utica, going 17-7-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .932 save percentage. If he's able to keep the momentum going against a possible playoff team in the Sharks, Markstrom could have a legitimate case for more frequent outings.
News: GM Ken Holland said Johan Franzen (concussion) is expected to return before the regular season ends, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Holland indicated the forward is beginning to make progress in his recovery, but there hasn't been any tangible evidence of that, as he has yet to receive clearance to skate. He remains without a definitive timetable for a return.
News: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at the Kings' pre-game skate and is thus in line to draw the start Tuesday against the Oilers, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick will look to bounce back Tuesday against the Oilers (who are in last place in the Western Conference) after giving up four goals on 21 shots before being yanked at the end of the second period in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.
News: Kyle Quincey (ankle) has received clearance to play and is expected to return to the Red Wings' lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Kyle Quincey had been forced out of the previous five games with bone chips in his ankle. It's already been confirmed that Quincey will need surgery at some point to address the issue, but for the time being, he plans on playing through the injury and delaying any procedure until the offseason. It will surely require some pain tolerance on the part of the blueliner, who has posted three goals and 10 assists over 52 games.
News: Alexei Marchenko (oblique) was placed on injured reserve Monday. Analysis: The transaction came after GM Ken Holland announced Monday afternoon that Alexei Marchenko suffered a strained oblique muscle in Saturday's game against the Predators, during which he scored his first NHL goal. The Red Wings have been satisfied with Marchenko's play since he arrived from AHL Grand Rapids in late January, but he'll have to wait a bit for his next chance to play. Holland said he expects to the blueliner to miss about a week of action.
News: Frederik Andersen (upper body) was first off the ice at the Ducks' pregame skate, indicating that he'll start Tuesday's contest against the Coyotes, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Frederik Andersen is thus on track to make his first appearance in net for the Ducks since Feb. 8. With Andersen in line to start Tuesday, look for John Gibson to tend goal for the team Wednesday against Montreal.
News: Mike Smith will be in the net Tuesday against the Ducks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Mike Smith dropped his eighth straight game Saturday against the Bruins and only saw his team context dip further south when the Coyotes dealt No. 1 center Antoine Vermette to the Blackhawks hours later and top blueliner Keith Yandle to the Rangers on Sunday. With the Coyotes demonstrating no desire to be competitive over the final few weeks of the season, it's hard to imagine many scenarios where Smith will enter the night as a favorite to pick up the win. That certainly won't be the case against the Ducks, who outpace the Coyotes by 40 points in the Western Conference standings.
News: Markus Granlund was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: The Flames sent down a trio of players to Adirondack on Monday in what was believed to be a procedural move to keep all three eligible for the AHL postseason, but Markus Granlund will end up sticking in the minors, while Emile Poirier and Michael Ferland were immediately recalled. The fact that Granlund will remain with Adirondack likely indicates that the Flames didn't have a regular spot available for him. It may take another injury for the Finn to find his way back to the NHL.
News: Jared Cowen (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Wild. Analysis: Consider Jared Cowen, who has gone 14 games without a point, day-to-day as Wednesday's game against the Jets approaches.