News: Jori Lehtera (illness) should be able to play in Thursday's game against the Canucks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jori Lehtera missed Sunday's game and did not take part in Tuesday's practice due to the illness, but it appears he should be able to play Thursday after resting for another day or two.
News: Dan Girardi (foot) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Devils. Analysis: Dan Girardi did not practice Monday after receiving stitches in his foot following Sunday's game, but he gave himself a chance to play Tuesday by taking part in the Rangers' morning skate. A final call on Girardi's status likely will not be made until pregame warmups, but head coach Alain Vigneault said "it would take a lot to keep (Girardi) out of the lineup."
News: Tim Gleason, who is second on the team in hits with 12 over four games, has renewed his focus towards playing with a physical edge, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Tim Gleason's increased tenacity is putting him on pace for 246, which would be the most he's registered since the 215 he tossed around back in 2010-11. Gleason doesn't score much, but for those if you in deep leagues that count peripheral stats like hits and blocked shots, Gleason typically shows well in those categories.
News: The Lightning recalled Michael Blunden from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday. Analysis: Michael Blunden was brought up to provide some depth with two Tampa Bay forwards suffering an injury Monday. He recorded five PIM but did not tally a point in seven games with the Canadiens last season.
News: Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Islanders, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier gave up nine goals over his first two games of the season, but he gave up just one in an overtime loss to the Red Wings his last time out. He will take on an Islanders team that scored just once in its last game but tallied 19 goals over its first four contests.
News: Carey Price is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Carey Price has been a little lucky this season, winning four games despite owning a 3.38 GAA -- the 38th best mark in the league. He will likely need to be sharp to pick up the victory Tuesday with the Canadiens taking on a Red Wings team that has given up just 1.40 goals per game through five contests.
News: The Penguins assigned Derrick Pouliot (shoulder) to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday. Analysis: Derrick Pouliot is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and it appears he is ready to take the ice. He could be called up to Pittsburgh once the team feels he has his game legs under him.
News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) went through a light skate Tuesday morning, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Analysis: Head coach Jack Capuano was encouraged by Mikhail Grabovski's participation, calling it a positive sign in his recovery. Grabovski remains day-to-day for now, but with him back on the ice, a return should not be far off, so long as his concussion symptoms do not worsen.
News: Tuukka Rask is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Sharks. Analysis: Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him on track to open Tuesday's game in the home team's crease. He will take on a San Jose team that was shut out in its last contest but is still averaging 3.17 goals per game.
News: Travis Hamonic (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Analysis: Travis Hamonic was injured during Monday's practice, but he has a chance to play against Toronto after taking part in Tuesday's morning skate. Expect a decision on his playing status to be made during pregame warmups.