News: Marek Zidlicky (upper body) could return for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, The Record reports. Analysis: Marek Zidlicky will fly with the team to Columbus, and he stands a good chance of playing Tuesday if he is able to make it through warmups without issue.
News: Anders Nilsson will start between the pipes Monday against the Ducks. Analysis: Anders Nilsson gets the nod for a fourth time in five games, despite losing each of the first three contests. The Islanders are struggling on defense, and their goaltenders aren't doing much to alleviate the issues.
News: Corey Crawford (lower body) did not travel to Dallas for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: While his injury isn't thought to be serious, Corey Crawford will reportedly miss a minimum of one game. The Blackhawks evaluated their top goaltender Monday but failed to provide any information beyond ruling Crawford out for Tuesday. Kent Simpson was called up from the AHL on Monday, while Antii Raanta figures to get the nod against Dallas.
News: Jason Garrison extended his point streak to four games on Sunday, assisting on a Mike Santorelli goal in a win over Colorado. Analysis: Jason Garrison now has a whopping 10 points over his past eight games. There may not be a hotter defenseman in the league right now. He has also put 12 shots on goal over his past three games and has been seeing over 22 minutes of ice time per game. You know what to do.
News: Dan Hamhuis fired three shots on goal Sunday against Colorado, but was held without a point for the eighth time in nine games. Analysis: After putting up 24 points in a shortened campaign last season, Dan Hamhuis has only collected eights points in 31 games this season. He is still averaging 22:56 of ice time per game, but has transitioned back into more of a defensive role with the team. Hamhuis has struggled overall this season though and is on pace to post his worst plus-minus rating in three years.
News: Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal and was a plus-3 in a win over the Avalanche on Sunday. Analysis: Kesler has been red hot as of late and now has five goals over his past four games. He now has 15 goals and 23 points in 32 games on the year. This is the Ryan Kesler fantasy hockey owners wanted to see this season. Keep rolling him.
News: Chris Higgins picked up a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in a win over Colorado on Sunday. Analysis: He now has points in consecutive games and is proving to be a very consistent fantasy option. Chris Higgins now has eight goals and 15 points in 31 games this season. He will continue to put up points playing on the second line with Ryan Kesler. He isn't spectacular, but at least you know what you are getting with him.
News: Eddie Lack will start in goal Monday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: Eddie Lack will make his sixth start of the season in Vancouver's 33rd game. Roberto Luongo has been dominating the workload in an impressive bounce back campaign.