News: Michael Chaput had another strong exhibition game Monday, picking up an assist and winning seven of 12 faceoffs, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton all now likely to miss the beginning of the regular season, Michael Chaput stands a good chance of making the NHL roster and centering the fourth line, which would allow coach Todd Richards to use Mark Letestu higher up in the lineup. Chaput wouldn't have much fantasy upside in that role, but he was able to provide some offense last season in the AHL, and once he gets a foot in the door he has the grit and skill to earn Richards' trust.
News: Boone Jenner suffered a broken left hand during Sunday's practice after being struck by a puck, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: He'll undergo more tests before the Jackets have a clear idea regarding the timetable for his return, but initial reports suggest Boone Jenner could be out as long as two months. Combined with Ryan Johansen's contract dispute and Nathan Horton's lingering back issues, the club will begin the regular season missing an entire line's worth of top six forwards.
News: Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves Monday as the Blue Jackets downed the Predators 2-0 in preseason action. Analysis: He won't see much action behind Sergei Bobrovsky, but Curtis McElhinney looks ready for the regular season to begin.
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.