News: Paul Stastny (back) will not play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Though Paul Stastny will miss his second straight game due to the back issues, coach Patrick Roy indicated the forward has made some level of progress in the last couple of days and could be an option Friday vs. the Ducks. In the meantime, Brad Malone and Paul Carey have been summoned from AHL Lake Erie to beef up the forward depth while Stastny and P.A. Parenteau (knee) remain unavailable.
News: Marian Hossa (upper body) will skate on his own Wednesday, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports. Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville reported that Marian Hossa is feeling much better, and with a few skates and practices, he could soon reemerge as a lineup option for the Blackhawks. Once healthy, Hossa figures to replace Andrew Shaw as the top-line right wing, but he could have a new linemate in Brandon Saad, as Quenneville likes how he's performed alongside Jonathan Toews of late.
News: Raffi Torres (general soreness) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest vs. the Maple Leafs, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: Raffi Torres did not take part in Tuesday's morning skate with coach Todd McLellan stating that the forward was "a little bit sore." McLellan said the injury didn't really stem entirely from his knee surgery earlier this season, but it doesn't sound like he would miss action beyond Tuesday if he does indeed sit out vs. Toronto.
News: Jesse Winchester is dealing with a lower-body injury and will not play Tuesday vs. the Coyotes, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Joey Crabb was recalled from AHL San Antonio to take his spot in the lineup. The extent of Jesse Winchester's injury isn't known at this time.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) will not play Tuesday vs. the Panthers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal will be sidelined for the fifth straight game as he tends to a lower-body injury.
News: Ryan Miller will indeed be in the crease Tuesday vs. the Stars, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With wins in all four of his starts as a member of the Blues, Ryan Miller will try to make it five in a row against a Stars squad that could still be a bit shaken up after they watched teammate Rich Peverley suffer a cardiac emergency a night earlier.
News: James Reimer will get the start Tuesday vs. the Sharks. Analysis: James Reimer has been a spectator for the Leafs the last three games, but he'll get the starting nod Tuesday in relief of Jonathan Bernier, who was dominant in stopping 43 of 44 shots in Monday's win over the Ducks. With a 3.20 GAA and .913 save percentage over 25 appearances on the season, it's hard to bank on Reimer turning in a respectable performance against a good squad like the Sharks.
News: Josh Harding (illness) was back skating Tuesday, marking his first appearance on the ice since January, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: After being ruled out indefinitely due to recurring effects of multiple sclerosis following his Dec. 31 start, Josh Harding indicated he's felt much better recently. Coach Mike Yeo said the team didn't have a plan or practice schedule arranged for Harding as of yet, but it doesn't appear as though the Wild are completely closing the door on him returning this season. Even if Harding continues to improve by the day, the Wild will likely take things slowly with his recovery just to be cautious.
News: Dennis Wideman (upper body) may be out long-term. Analysis: We'll await further specifics, but this nugget suggests that Dennis Wideman -- who last played on March 5 -- will miss Wednesday's game against the Ducks, at a minimum.
News: Alexander Sulzer (lower body) was on the ice at Tuesday's morning skate and looks to be close to a return, Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: While Alexander Sulzer won't be available for Tuesday's tilt with the Predators, coach Ted Nolan suggested Sulzer could be back on the ice Thursday vs. the Hurricanes. He'll be monitored at Wednesday's practice before Nolan and the team's medical staff get a better idea when he'll make his return.