News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) will not play Monday vs. the Lightning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal skated off to the side during Monday's morning skate and presumably won't be ready to go for Tuesday's game vs. the Panthers, either. It was at least promising that he was back on the ice in some capacity Monday, suggesting a return isn't too far off.
News: Cory Emmerton was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: A broken foot to Joakim Andersson is the latest in a long line of center injuries that have forced the Red Wings to dip further into the minors for replacements. Cory Emmerton figures to assume a regular spot in the lineup for the Red Wings, but more than likely outside of a top-six role.
News: Joakim Andersson has a broken left foot and will be out for at least the next couple of weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Joakim Andersson is a repeat participant in the Red Wings' ongoing parade of injured centers, though his loss is certainly not as devastating as the absences of stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. On the other hand, it does further deplete the team's depth at the position, as the Red Wings continue to dig deeper and deeper into their minor league ranks to call up reinforcements.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said that Brian Gibbons (lower body) could be available Monday vs. the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Consider Brian Gibbons a game-time decision after he missed Friday's game with the lower-body injury. The Penguins plugged in new acquisition Lee Stempniak on the top line Friday while Gibbons was unavailable, and it may be hard for the rookie to earn that spot back in the games to come.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) could play Monday vs. the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will likely come down to a game-time decision after missing Friday's game with the injury. Even with Kris Letang (illness) and Paul Martin (hand) out of commission, Bortuzzo isn't so essential to the Penguins defensively that Bylsma will want him back in the lineup at less than optimal health.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma confirmed after optional skate that Jeff Zatkoff would start Monday vs. the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The Penguins will save No. 1 starter Marc-Andre Fleury for the second half of the team's back-to-back with the Capitals in Pittsburgh, while Jeff Zatkoff draws the road nod.
News: Dennis Wideman (upper body) will miss Monday's matchup with Los Angeles, according to the Calgary Herald. Analysis: The defenseman' injury is still a bit of a mystery, but it will keep him out of the lineup another game. With Dennis Wideman one of the highest paid players in Calgary, the Flames certainly don't want to risk further injury amidst a lost season.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff confirmed Monday that Kari Lehtonen was experiencing concussion symptoms and is without a timetable for a return, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: As was feared, Kari Lehtonen will likely be out of commission for at least a handful of games after taking a helmet-to-helmet and head-to-crossbar hit in Saturday's win over the Wild. Health concerns have dogged Lehtonen throughout his career, but he's generally held up well until this point, with a serviceable 25-16-10 record and 2.47 GAA to go along with it. The Stars will have to get by with Tim Thomas until further notice as the team looks to remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt.
News: Jiri Hudler (upper body) will miss Monday's game against the Kings, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: It appears the upper body injury Jiri Hudler sustained last week will keep him out at least one more game. He shouldn't miss too much more time, but his injury still hasn't been fully disclosed, so keep an eye on the situation.
News: Josh Gorges underwent surgery on his fractured left hand Monday and is expected to miss four weeks. Analysis: Josh Gorges' projected timetable would seem to run up with the end of the regular season, effectively making him an afterthought in any annual fantasy league. The Canadiens should have him back at close to full health by the time the playoffs commence, however, returning the team its most proficient shot blocker to protect goalie Carey Price.