News: Jason Garrison was ruled out from returning to Saturday's game against the Red Wings due to an upper-body injury, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Jason Garrison skated just two shifts and logged 0:41 of ice time before departing. He should be considered questionable ahead of Monday's game in Montreal until the Lightning issue further word on the severity of his injury.
News: Markus Granlund missed Saturday's practice due to a case of the flu. Analysis: The illness could put Markus Granlund at missing Sunday's game against the Predators. Josh Jooris centered the Flames' third line at practice with Granlund unavailable.
News: Kris Letang left Saturday's game in the second period after he was hit into the end boards by the Coyotes' Shane Doan, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The Penguins haven't ruled Kris Letang out of the game yet, but that seems like a safe conclusion after he was unable to skate off the ice on his own. It appeared that Letang's head backed into the boards on the hit, so the blueliner will undoubtedly be evaluated for a concussion, among other possible injuries. Penguins tough guy Steve Downie quickly got in a skirmish with Doan shortly after play resumed, but that won't make up for any potential absence for Letang, who entered Saturday ranked in a tie for second among all NHL blueliners with 54 points in 68 games.
News: Tuukka Rask left Saturday's start against the Rangers shortly after the start of the first period, likely due to an undisclosed injury, Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston reports. Analysis: Tuukka Rask was on his game prior to his departure, stopping all 14 shots he faced while his mates staked him to a 3-0 lead. Assuming that replacement Niklas Svedberg can limit the Rangers to two or fewer goals, Rask will still escape with the win, but that's probably the least of the Bruins' concerns right now. The team has yet to provide an update on the star netminder, and may not reveal further information regarding a possible injury until after the game concludes. The Bruins will play again Sunday in Carolina.
News: Patrik Nemeth was tied for a team-worst minus-2 rating when the Stars were shutout by the Oilers on Friday. Analysis: Patrik Nemeth has been back for just 12 games from an injury that kept him out most of the season. However, we're seeing signs that he's finding his rhythm. That's good news, because he's one of the more promising defensive prospects in Dallas. Over the last three games he has a pair of assists, three shots, and an even plus/minus rating. He struggled initially on his return, posting a minus-4 rating with no points and three shots in five games. He won't be fantasy relevant this season, but could make an impact next year.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic left Saturday's game against the Flyers with an undisclosed injury, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: It's not clear what resulted in Marc-Edouard Vlasic's removal from the game, but he's been unable to take a shift since the 15:53 mark of the first period. The Sharks are viewing him as questionable to return, but the team seems more likely to exercise precaution. Consider him day-to-day until more information is revealed.
News: Tom Gilbert (face) will not play Saturday against the Panthers, Jessica Rusnak of TSN Radio 690 reports. Analysis: Tom Gilbert was able to skate on his own Saturday morning, but his lack of involvement in team work suggests he'll sit for a third straight game. Nathan Beaulieu will be able to remain in the lineup with Gilbert still unavailable.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for Sunday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 reports. Analysis: Despite Ondrej Pavelec's horrid career numbers against the Blackhawks (0-3-2, 4.61 GAA, .867 save percentage in five outings), the Jets will stick with the goalie while he enjoys his most productive run of play this season. He's won six straight starts while yielding only seven goals during that stretch.
News: Riley Sheahan (upper body) will travel with the Red Wings to New York for Sunday's game against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Though Riley Sheahan will miss his first game of the season Saturday against the Lightning, it doesn't appear that the center will be unavailable for very long. General manager Ken Holland said before Saturday's game that Sheahan has reported improvement with his condition and is being viewed as day-to-day. It's possible that he might suit up for Sunday's game, though it's probably more likely that the team will give him some additional time off to recover.
News: Anders Lindback has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Saturday's tilt with the Avalanche, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Anders Lindback has alternated starts with Matt Hackett over the last few games, but he still appears in line to handle the majority of the turns in goal the rest of the way for Sabres. That won't exactly amount to much, as the team has barely been able to remain competitive most nights. Over nine appearances (eight starts) with the Sabres, Lindback is 1-5-2 with a 2.67 GAA and .926 save percentage.