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.
News: Mike Smith will be in the net Monday vs. the Lightning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Mike Smith's season ratios remain uninspiring, but fantasy owners should be encouraged by his excellence in his recent starts. He's surrendered two or fewer goals in seven of his last nine starts, including shutouts of the Blackhawks and Canucks. He might not be a bad option for daily leagues since he'll be facing off against a Lightning squad that has lost four games in a row.
News: Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is set to make his first start with Dallas in Monday's game vs. the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen came away with a head injury in Saturday's win over the Wild and could conceivably miss the next few games, leaving Tim Thomas to enjoy an unexpected run as the Stars' No. 1 starter. Working in relief of Lehtonen on Saturday, Thomas certainly did his part to propel the Stars to victory, stopping all six shots he faced as the team dispatched the Wild.
News: Nathan Gerbe scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Devils. Analysis: Nathan Gerbe hasn't been shy about shooting the puck since the Olympic break (24 attempts in seven games), but it wasn't until Saturday that he finally broke through for a goal. The tally snapped a nine-game goalless skid for the forward.