News: Brendan Leipsic has six assists in four games for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals so far this season. Analysis: Brendan Leipsic, who had previously been following the NHL's concussion protocol following an on-ice collision during training camp in September, appears to be back to full health. Leipsic could certainly be called upon to fill in for the Preds at some point this season, but it would likely be in a checking line capacity only.
News: Viktor Fasth's groin injury is not as bad as originally thought. Analysis: The team didn't offer a timetable for Viktor Fasth's return, but it's certainly a good sign that he was already back on the ice rehabbing. Richard Bachman will continue to serve as Ben Scrivens' backup while Fasth is on IR.
News: While Sam Reinhart, a healthy scratch for Saturday's loss to Boston, will make the current road trip with the team he doesn't seem guaranteed to play every game, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Ted Nolan, ""Not 100 percent next game but he will play during this trip." Analysis: Sam Reinhart has no points in five games and seems like a candidate to be sent back to juniors once he uses up his non free NHL games before it becomes a service time issue. While his long-term future is bright, in single-season leagues he's pretty much worthless right now.
News: Corey Crawford will start Tuesday against the Flyers, Chris Kuc of the Chiago Tribune reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford has started every game for the Hawks so far, and will continue to get the majority of the starts as the team has a light schedule at the beginning of the season.
News: Jimmy Howard will start Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard had a slight scare with a groin injury last week, but appears to be fully recovered, and will retake his spot as the starting netminder Tuesday. In his last appearance, Howard allowed one goal on 24 shots in a win over the Maple Leafs.
News: Patrik Nemeth will miss the entire regular season due to an arm laceration, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Patrik Nemeth suffered a scary injury Saturday when he cut his arm on an opponent's skate, and was originally expected to miss a few weeks. It turns out the injury is much more serious, and Nemeth will end up being sidelined for the entire regular season.
News: The Red Wings placed Johan Franzen (leg) on IR on Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Johan Franzen's injury is apparently a little worse than day-to-day, so he'll make the move to IR until at least Saturday's game against the Flyers. Franzen was off to a hot start before suffering the injury, with two goals and three assists through his first four games.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) did not practice Monday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal left Saturday's game after suffering the injury, and while there's no official update on the nature of the injury yet, it's not a good sign that Hanzal missed practice. Keep an eye out for another update closer to Tuesday's matchup with the Predators.
News: Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated off IR prior to Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jay Beagle will take the place of the injured Brooks Laich (upper body), who will make the move to IR for at least the next week. Beagle is expected to skate on the second line alongside Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.
News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will be placed on IR, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Brooks Laich will not travel with the Caps on their upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, but is expected to return for their first game back home October 29 against the Red Wings. Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR to take Laich's spot in the lineup.