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: Monday's game between the Stars and Blue Jackets has been postponed, after Rich Peverley collapsed on the Stars' bench during the first period, 630 CHED's Dan Tencer reports. Analysis: Peverley regained consciousness before leaving the arena, but the other players were clearly shaken up, so the NHL decided to postpone the game. Prior to the cancellation, Columbus' Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal, staking the Jackets to an early 1-0 lead against Tim Thomas and Co.
News: Rich Peverley is conscious and headed to the hospital, after collapsing on the bench during Monday's game, Sportsnet 590's Daren Millard reports. Analysis: Rich Peverley, who has previously dealt with complications from an irregular heartbeat, collapsed on the bench during Monday's game, creating a sense of panic among the Stars' other players. Fortunately, Peverley regained consciousness in the following minutes and is headed to a hospital for further evaluation. He seems to be out of immediate danger but may still be dealing with a very serious health situation.
News: Nathan MacKinnon will return to playing center - his natural position - when the Avs host the Jets on Monday, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: On the heels of his 13-game point streak coming to an end, the rookie will move from right wing to center while Paul Stastny sits out with a back injury. Gabe Landeskog will remain on the left side while Jamie McGinn will move up from the third line to cover right wing duties. We don`t need to tell you to pencil MacK into your lineup, but prepare yourself for a potential dip in production while the Avs adjust to life without Stastny - however long that may be.
News: Derick Brassard has not registered a point in four consecutive games. Analysis: After tying a career-high eight-game point-streak with two goals in the first two games out of the Olympic break, the third line center has hit a bit of a funk. While he has not had the breakout season many thought he would, the 26-year-old has the ability to help out most owners in multiple categories when he's going strong. Owners in deeper leagues should remain patient for now.
News: Jamie McGinn will be moved up to play right wing on the Avs top line Monday against the Jets, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Jamie McGinn will fill the No. 1 right wing vacancy left by red-hot rookie Nathan MacKinnon who has been shifted to center to replace the injured Paul Stastny. McGinn has been on the quiet side lately, failing to record a single point in any of Colorado`s 18 goals over the last five games. He`ll also skate alongside captain Gabe Landeskog and get a boost in power-play time, so an uptick in production is likely on the horizon. His 26 points tie him for eighth on the Avs with rookie defenseman Tyson Barrie.
News: Justin Falk has not dressed for the team since December 29. Analysis: Justin Falk has never been considered an attractive fantasy option and this news only underscores the team's depth on the blue line. After having rejected head coach Alain Vigneault's offer to play more consistently with AHL Hartford, last week's acquisition of Raphael Diaz almost suggests Falk won't soon have a choice. The 25-year-old defenseman is a minus-5 with two assists and 20 penalty-minutes through 20 games played this season.
News: The Capitals reassigned Ryan Stoa to AHL Hershey on Monday, Capitals Today reports. Analysis: Ryan Stoa failed to crack the score sheet in three games during his stint with the Caps, so he'll return to Hershey where he posted 12 goals and 21 assists in 51 games before being called up.
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.