News: Alexei Marchenko (oblique) was placed on injured reserve Monday. Analysis: The transaction came after GM Ken Holland announced Monday afternoon that Alexei Marchenko suffered a strained oblique muscle in Saturday's game against the Predators, during which he scored his first NHL goal. The Red Wings have been satisfied with Marchenko's play since he arrived from AHL Grand Rapids in late January, but he'll have to wait a bit for his next chance to play. Holland said he expects to the blueliner to miss about a week of action.
News: Frederik Andersen (upper body) was first off the ice at the Ducks' pre-game skate, indicating that he'll start Tuesday's contest against the Coyotes, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Frederik Andersen is thus on track to make his first appearance in net for the Ducks since Feb. 8. With Andersen in line to start Tuesday, look for John Gibson to tend goal for the team Wednesday against Montreal.
News: Mike Smith will be in the net Tuesday against the Ducks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Mike Smith dropped his eighth straight game Saturday against the Bruins and only saw his team context dip further south when the Coyotes dealt No. 1 center Antoine Vermette to the Blackhawks hours later and top blueliner Keith Yandle to the Rangers on Sunday. With the Coyotes demonstrating no desire to be competitive over the final few weeks of the season, it's hard to imagine many scenarios where Smith will enter the night as a favorite to pick up the win. That certainly won't be the case against the Ducks, who outpace the Coyotes by 40 points in the Western Conference standings.
News: Markus Granlund was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: The Flames sent down a trio of players to Adirondack on Monday in what was believed to be a procedural move to keep all three eligible for the AHL postseason, but Markus Granlund will end up sticking in the minors while Emile Poirier and Michael Ferland were immediately recalled. The fact that Granlund will remain with Adirondack likely indicates that the Flames' didn't have a regular spot available for him with the parent club. It may take another injury for Granlund to find his way back to the NHL.
News: Jared Cowen (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Wild. Analysis: Consider Jared Cowen, who has gone 14 games without a point, day-to-day as Wednesday's game against the Jets approaches.
News: Tomas Kopecky posted a minus-3 in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Lightning with one shot on goal in 11:54 of ice time. Analysis: Tomas Kopecky's minus-3 moved him to minus-20 on the year, worst on the team and in the bottom 20 across the league. Kopecky doesn't see much ice time and posting such a poor plus/minus bodes poorly for his prospects moving forward. The 33-year-old has extremely limited fantasy value unless he goes on a big point streak.
News: Klas Dahlbeck was added to the Coyotes' active roster following Monday's trade deadline, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Acquired from the Blackhawks on Saturday in the Antoine Vermette deal, it first sounded like Klas Dahlbeck might report to AHL Portland with his new squad. However, Dahlbeck's destination changed following the Coyotes' trade the very next day that sent Keith Yandle and Chris Summers to the Rangers, creating a vacancy on the blue line. If the Coyotes' line rushes at morning skate are any indication, Dahlbeck is expected to make his team debut Tuesday against the Ducks as a member of the third defensive pairing.
News: Marco Scandella, who left Saturday's game against Colorado with an undisclosed issue, could be out for a week or more, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo relayed Tuesday that Marco Scandella suffered a setback, which will evidently stall the blueliner's return to action for the time being.
News: Jaroslav Halak will start Tuesday's game against the Stars. Analysis: While Jaroslav Halak's position as the Islanders' top goalie is secure, the team's addition of Michal Neuvirth at the trade deadline represents an upgrade at the position and gives the team a reliable option to spell Halak down the stretch run.
News: James Wisniewski, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his foot, could be out 1-to-2 weeks with the injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The Ducks acquired James Wisniewski from the Blue Jackets on Monday just before the 3 p.m. ET deadline, and were likely fully aware of the extent of the blueliner's injury. For what it's worth, Wisniewski said he plans to be ready for the start of the road trip that kicks off next Monday in Vancouver, but he'll have to show that he's fully healthy in practices within the next few days in order for that return date to hold up.