News: Sergei Gonchar (ankle) skated on his own Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports. Analysis: It's not exactly clear where Sergei Gonchar stands in his recovery, but it's a good sign that he was able to get back on the ice. Gonchar will likely be ready to return to game action sometime in early November.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Kris Versteeg will make his season debut after recovering from a lower body injury that kept him sidelined the last two weeks. He will likely line up as part of the Blackhawks' second line Tuesday night.
News: Josh Jooris (upper body) should be healthy enough to return to the lineup Tuesday, according to the Calgary Herald. Analysis: Josh Jooris scored his first career goal Friday but was unable to play Sunday with an upper body injury. Jooris' role with the club is still being defined, so it remains to be seen how much playing time he gets Tuesday.
News: Corey Crawford is actually dealing with an upper body injury, and not an illness as first reported, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: The extent of Corey Crawford's injury is uncertain, but it clouds his status for the Blackhawks' next couple games more than an illness would have. Antti Raanta will start in Crawford's place Tuesday and serve as Chicago's primary goaltender until Crawford is able to get back between the pipes.
News: Karri Ramo will get the start in net Tuesday against Tampa Bay, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Karri Ramo is 2-1 with a 2.30 goals against average so far and has played well enough to continue the goalie rotation between him and Jonas Hiller. Ramo and the Flames are playing well as of late, so Ramo is not a bad start for Tuesday night.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) will play in Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk was not expected to return until the upcoming weekend, but he will take the ice a little earlier than expected after making it through Tuesday's morning skate without issue. He skated on the Red Wings' top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader on Tuesday morning, so he should play a prominent role for the Red Wings right out of the gate.
News: Antti Raanta will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford was originally expected to start Tuesday, but he came down with an illness overnight and will not play, so Antti Raanta will get the start instead. He will take on a Flyers team that has just one win on the season but is tied for third in the league with 3.40 goals per game.
News: Kari Lehtonen is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will look to get back on track after giving up as many goals (six) in his last start as he did in his first three combined. He will take on a Vancouver squad that is currently tied for 10th in the league averaging 3.00 goals per game.
News: Jori Lehtera (illness) should be able to play in Thursday's game against the Canucks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jori Lehtera missed Sunday's game and did not take part in Tuesday's practice due to the illness, but it appears he should be able to play Thursday after resting for another day or two.
News: Dan Girardi (foot) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Devils. Analysis: Dan Girardi did not practice Monday after receiving stitches in his foot following Sunday's game, but he gave himself a chance to play Tuesday by taking part in the Rangers' morning skate. A final call on Girardi's status likely will not be made until pregame warmups, but head coach Alain Vigneault said "it would take a lot to keep (Girardi) out of the lineup."