News: John Mitchell (leg) will not play Tuesday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: John Mitchell didn't even make the trip to Arizona for the game, as he continues to recover from the injury he's believed to have sustained last Thursday against the Capitals. Since it doesn't sound like he's resumed skating yet, it appears doubtful that Mitchell will be able to play in Wednesday's home date with the Blackhawks.
News: Alex Tanguay (fractured jaw), who was expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, will instead miss his second consecutive game, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: After it was indicated a day earlier that Alex Tanguay wouldn't have to miss further time due to the jaw injury, coach Patrick Roy said the forward was still experiencing blurred vision and pain on the side of his head following Tuesday's morning skate. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the setback is significant for Tanguay at the moment, so with an extra day off, the possibility exists that he could be ready to go when the Avs return home for a game Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but doesn't think he'll be cleared to return until the weekend, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Merely being on the ice amounts to a good sign for Clayton Stoner, as it was feared that he had been the latest Ducks player to succumb to the debilitating mumps virus. Stoner's symptoms were believed to be similar to the virus, but team doctors determined his particular illness wasn't contagious after he never experienced a fever. He's still need to skate for a few days to get his conditioning back up to par before coach Bruce Boudreau decides whether or not to use him Friday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Donald Brashear signed a contract with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday. Analysis: The move seemingly comes out of nowhere, as Donald Brashear hasn't played professional hockey since the 2009-10. It appears Brashear's relationship with former Flyers teammate Peter Forsberg, who serves as MODO's assistant GM, might have influenced the club's decision to bring him aboard. The long-time tough guy will be tasked with protecting MODO's stars, which most notably includes Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, a top-10 pick in last June's NHL Entry Draft.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the net Tuesday against the Jets. Analysis: Since holding the Sharks to one goal on 37 shots in his return from injured reserve Nov. 15, Sergei Bobrovsky has dropped his last three turns, yielding at least three goals in all of them. Fortunately, he'll have a good chance to turn the tide versus a struggling Jets attack that rank 29th in the NHL in scoring with 1.95 goals per game.
News: Bo Horvat will remain with the Canucks rather than return to his junior team after his nine-game trial ends. Analysis: Recalled by the Canucks earlier in November after missing the season's first month while recovering from a shoulder injury, Bo Horvat needed to impress out of the gate to warrant staying in Vancouver, and he was able to do just that. He's been especially superb over the Canucks' last two games, potting his first NHL goal on Nov. 20 and gathering three assists in Sunday's victory Sunday night. The 19-year-old could notice increased ice time after the three-assist performance, so it's certainly worthwhile to track him the next few games and possibly pick him up if he continues to thrive.
News: Michael Hutchinson held the Jackets to two goals on 25 shots in Thursday's 4-2 victory. Analysis: That's now four wins in four starts for Michael Hutchinson since his recall from the AHL. And it's actually Hutchinson's worst start of the stretch in terms of goals allowed, which is downright amazing. With Ondrej Pavelec flagging lately, Hutchinson has a chance to carve out more playing time if he keeps going this way.
News: Cory Schneider saved 34 of 36 shots in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Canucks. Analysis: He can hardly be blamed for this loss, his third in four starts, as it's hard to win when your offense scores no goals. Cory Schneider's rate stats are still lower than his norm, but he's been pulling them up lately. It'd be nice for him to get some help while he does so, though.
News: Ryan Miller shut out the Devils on 20 shots Tuesday for his third consecutive win. Analysis: The Canucks just keep on rolling, and while Ryan Miller's been a bit inconsistent, he's sure been piling up the wins. He's won 14 times in 17 starts this season.
News: Patrick Kaleta has been a healthy scratch the past three games but may draw in Wednesday and play center. Analysis: The natural right winger has never played center but Cody McCormick is still undergoing concussion protocol and the Sabres will need a center between Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart. Patrick Kaleta and McCormick are both agitators, but the difference is that Kaleta has never played center before. It'll be an interesting experiment but don't expect it to last.