News: John Mitchell (leg) will not play Tuesday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: John Mitchell didn't even make the trip to Arizona for the game, as he continues to recover from the injury he's believed to have sustained last Thursday against the Capitals. Since it doesn't sound like he's resumed skating yet, it appears doubtful that Mitchell will be able to play in Wednesday's home date with the Blackhawks.
News: Alex Tanguay (fractured jaw), who was expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, will instead miss his second consecutive game, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: After it was indicated a day earlier that Alex Tanguay wouldn't have to miss further time due to the jaw injury, coach Patrick Roy said the forward was still experiencing blurred vision and pain on the side of his head following Tuesday's morning skate. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the setback is significant for Tanguay at the moment, so with an extra day off, the possibility exists that he could be ready to go when the Avs return home for a game Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Clayton Stoner (illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but doesn't think he'll be cleared to return until the weekend, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Merely being on the ice amounts to a good sign for Clayton Stoner, as it was feared that he had been the latest Ducks player to succumb to the debilitating mumps virus. Stoner's symptoms were believed to be similar to the virus, but team doctors determined his particular illness wasn't contagious after he never experienced a fever. He's still need to skate for a few days to get his conditioning back up to par before coach Bruce Boudreau decides whether or not to use him Friday versus the Blackhawks.
News: Donald Brashear signed a contract with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday. Analysis: The move seemingly comes out of nowhere, as Donald Brashear hasn't played professional hockey since the 2009-10. It appears Brashear's relationship with former Flyers teammate Peter Forsberg, who serves as MODO's assistant GM, might have influenced the club's decision to bring him aboard. The long-time tough guy will be tasked with protecting MODO's stars, which most notably includes Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, a top-10 pick in last June's NHL Entry Draft.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the net Tuesday against the Jets. Analysis: Since holding the Sharks to one goal on 37 shots in his return from injured reserve Nov. 15, Sergei Bobrovsky has dropped his last three turns, yielding at least three goals in all of them. Fortunately, he'll have a good chance to turn the tide versus a struggling Jets attack that rank 29th in the NHL in scoring with 1.95 goals per game.
News: Bo Horvat will remain with the Canucks rather than return to his junior team after his nine-game trial ends. Analysis: Recalled by the Canucks earlier in November after missing the season's first month while recovering from a shoulder injury, Bo Horvat needed to impress out of the gate to warrant staying in Vancouver, and he was able to do just that. He's been especially superb over the Canucks' last two games, potting his first NHL goal on Nov. 20 and gathering three assists in Sunday's victory Sunday night. The 19-year-old could notice increased ice time after the three-assist performance, so it's certainly worthwhile to track him the next few games and possibly pick him up if he continues to thrive.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Avalanche, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: The lower-body injury forced Martin Hanzal to miss the Coyotes' previous four games. After returning to practice Monday, Hanzal figures to slot back in as the Coyotes' second-line center, a spot where he's performed quite capably this season. He has five goals and 11 points over 15 games.
News: Antti Raanta (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports. Analysis: Antti Raanta was a surprise scratch from Saturday night's start against the Oilers after coming down ill, but he seemed to be feeling better Monday after taking the last couple days off. He'll serve as the backup to Corey Crawford for Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, but it's uncertain when his next spot start might come around.
News: Alex Burrows (upper body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Devils, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Alex Burrows missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury, but the Canucks signed off on his return to the lineup after he was able to participate in Monday's practice. With nine points in 16 games, the winger is already more than halfway to his point total from his disappointing 2013-14 season.
News: Eric Gelinas will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Canucks, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Eric Gelinas has been a lineup fixture for the Devils since Bryce Salvador and Jon Merrill landed on injured reserve, but he'll bow out Tuesday, as coach Pete DeBoer looks to give Peter Harrold his first appearance of the season. The 23-year-old Gelinas has generally lived up to his reputation with seven points in 18 games, but he could still be at risk of becoming scratched with more regularity once Merrill or Salvador returns.