News: Alex Stalock was perfect Monday, stopping all 20 shots in a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Canadiens. Analysis: The Sharks' backup has made just 14 starts this season, posting a 6-7-1 record with two shutouts. He's been rather dismal with a 2.66 GAA and .904 save percentage -- which actually are in the same ballpark as starter Antti Niemi's 2.62 and .912 marks. However, even though the Sharks were rumored to be trying to deal Niemi before Monday's trade deadline, the fact remains that Niemi has made 48 starts this season and has a Stanley Cup under his belt, so he's more than likely going to get the bulk of the starts the rest of the way in San Jose. With that in mind, Alex Stalock makes for one of the least attractive backup 'tenders in the league -- at least for now.
News: P.A. Parenteau returned to the lineup Monday night after an extended absence due to a concussion. He skated 10:21 in a 4-0 loss to the Sharks. Analysis: P.A. Parenteau started the game on the fourth line and was then moved around as head coach Michel Therrien experimented with combinations in an effort to stoke some sort of offense. We'll need to see how Therrien adjusts his lines after the Canadiens added forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn at Monday's trade deadline. After Monday's performance, you know those two newcomers will be in the lineup Wednesday against Anaheim. Parenteau will fit somewhere on the third or fourth lines for now.
News: Carey Price stopped 33 of 37 shots in Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Sharks. It was just his second loss in the last 11 starts. Analysis: Carey Price wasn't bad in this game, rather it was the team in front of him that couldn't stop the San Jose onslaught. Including shots that missed or were blocked by defensemen, the Sharks had 71 forays to the net, compared to Montreal's 48. This was a case of a desperate team needing a win and dominating play.
News: Jeff Petry arrived in time for Monday night's game against San Jose and played 18:15 in a 4-0 loss to the Sharks. The defenseman was traded from Edmonton to Montreal earlier in the day. Analysis: Jeff Petry arrived a couple of hours before game time, got a quick lay of the land from assistant coach J.J. Daigneault, and then skated on a top-4 pairing with Sergei Gonchar.
News: Michael Bournival was reassigned to AHL Hamilton on Monday, TSN's John Lu reports. Analysis: Forward P.A. Parenteau (concussion) will finally rejoin the lineup, and defenseman Jeff Petry was recently acquired in a trade. The Habs will thus reassign both Michael Bournival and Greg Pateryn, freeing up room for a pair of proven veterans. Bournival only has five points through 29 NHL appearances this season, but he does have eight points in just seven AHL games.
News: The Avalanche traded Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey to the Bruins on Monday in exchange for Jordan Caron and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Maxime Talbot, who has notched five goals and 10 assists in 63 games with the Avs this season, gives the Bruins some added depth and experience up front, something that will come in handy, with centers Gregory Campbell and David Krejci currently sidelined.
News: The Bruins traded Jordan Caron and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick to the Avs on Monday in exchange for Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Jordan Caron, who has been held without a point in 11 games with the Bruins this season, was a first-round draft pick (25th overall) in 2009. After having recorded just 28 points in 134 career NHL contests with Boston, however, a change of scenery will probably do the 24-year-old winger some good, though a wait-and see approach is in order from a fantasy perspective.
News: James Wisniewski was traded to the Ducks on Monday along with a 2015 third-round draft pick in exchange for forwards William Karlsson and Rene Bourque and a 2015 second-round draft pick, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: James Wisniewski will likely assume a top-four role on defense with his new organization, giving the Ducks an added dose of puck-moving ability on the blue line. The 31-year-old has predictably been unable to replicate last season's 51-point scoring outburst in 2014-15, but he's still been an above-average source of goals and assists for a defenseman. Assuming the foot injury he suffered in Saturday's game against the Penguins doesn't prove too problematic, Wisniewski's fantasy value figures to notice a small uptick with the move, as his placement on a superior Ducks squad should allow his plus/minus mark to recover from its current minus-10 standing.
News: Alexei Marchenko is dealing with an oblique strain, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: The report suggests that Alexei Marchenko will be out for a week or so. The 23-year-old blueliner has two points in 12 games with the Wings to date, including a goal in his last outing, Saturday against the Preds.
News: Darren Helm is dealing with an oblique strain, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Per the report, GM Ken Holland indicated that Darren Helm's injury is not considered serious, but it looks like the forward will be out a week or so.