News: Keith Yandle picked up an assist Saturday in a loss to the Kings. He took one shot, registered two PIM, and blocked two shots on the night. Analysis: Keith Yandle's 21 points rank him 11th among defensemen as he once again shows he is among the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. He has picked up five points in his last eight games.
News: Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Jannik Hansen (undisclosed) should be able to play Monday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench in the second period of Sunday's game. He and spent the night in the hospital and didn't skate Sunday morning, both for precautionary reasons. However, it appears as though the reasoning behind the collapse was minor, and he should be fine moving forward.
News: Mike Brown has a broken right fibula and will miss six-to-eight weeks from the time of the fracture on Dec. 9, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Mike Brown was placed on injured reserve the day after the injury, indicating it was severe. Now that the injury has been revealed as a broken fibula, the timetable has been set at six-to-eight weeks, scheduling his return for late January or early February
News: Corey Perry (knee) was not part of the line rushes in practice Sunday, and won't play Monday against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Corey Perry will have to be activated from injured reserve before returning and now it appears Monday is no longer an option. He was on the ice for practice Sunday, but was wearing a red no-contact jersey. His next chance to return will come after the Christmas break.
News: Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, making him the likely netminder Sunday against the Sabres, Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger reports. Analysis: Tuukka Rask will receive his second consecutive start in net, with a day off before the Bruins' next game Tuesday. He stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced against the Jets on Friday, and will have a good matchup in the Sabres on Sunday.
News: Roberto Luongo stopped 31 of 34 shot attempts Saturday against the Penguins, but ended up taking his seventh loss of the season in the 3-1 defeat. Analysis: Roberto Luongo had trouble on a few occasions in getting his glove up in time to make stops, but by and large, he turned in a credible outing in defeat. The Panthers offense could only find the net one time, despite firing off 45 shots and hitting the post on multiple occasions. It ended up spelling an end to Luongo's three-game winning streak.
News: Rob Zepp will make his NHL debut in net Sunday against the Jets. Analysis: Rob Zepp was recalled Friday as part of an emergency situation due to an upper body injury suffered by Steve Mason. He is no spring chicken, making his debut at the age of 32. Zepp has posted a .918 save percentage and 2.70 GAA in 17 games with AHL Lehigh Valley this season.
News: Anton Khudobin will start against the Rangers on Sunday, Chantel McCabe of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Analysis: Anton Khudobin had a poor go around in his last start, allowing five goals on 23 shots against the Flyers. He won't see any relief Sunday, as he will face a Rangers' offense that is one of the most potent in the league.
News: Nikolay Kulemin recorded an empty-net goal in Saturday's triumph over the Lightning. Analysis: After recently seeing some run on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, Nikolay Kulemin has since returned to the second trio after failing to provide much production during that time. Saturday's goal marked the first point Kulemin has recorded in December, breaking an eight-game scoreless skid. The empty-netter should do little to inspire hope that a breakout might be imminent for the winger.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net against the Flyers on Sunday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec is in a rotation with Michael Hutchison in net, and Sunday is his turn to start in net. He is coming off a good performance against the Sabres in which he stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, and carries a 2.27 GAA and .916 save percentage into the matchup.