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: Dan Hamhuis (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday. Analysis: The Canucks haven't detailed an official timetable for Dan Hamhuis' recovery, but it sounds like a long-term absence might be in the cards for the blueliner. He hasn't resumed skating since leaving last Thursday's game with the lower-body ailment.
News: Eric Tangradi was recalled from AHL Hamilton on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: The Habs reassigned Nathan Beaulieu to the minors Monday in an attempt to have him pick up more consistent ice time, so it looks as though Eric Tangradi will be taking over his roster spot. Tangradi, who was acquired from the Jets prior to the start of the season, had six points and 18 penalty minutes over 11 AHL contests. He's expected to be plugged in on the Habs' fourth line.
News: Raffi Torres (knee) hopes to begin skating in the next week or so, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: Raffi Torres rejoined the team last Monday in preparation for the next stage of his rehab for the removal of the ACL in his right knee. The tough winger has been limited to just 12 NHL games over the last 17 months due to knee issues, but still hopes to make an impact for the Sharks in the second half of the 2014-15 season.
News: Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is in line to start Tuesday against the Kings, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Pekka Rinne is expected to square off against Kings backup Martin Jones in the first matchup between the two teams this season. The netminder has historically struggled against Los Angeles (7-6-1, 2.72 GAA, .897 save percentage), but his outstanding production this season should allow Rinne's fantasy owners to overlook that.