News: Roberto Luongo will start Sunday against the Maple Leafs, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced Monday against the Penguins, and will start again Sunday after a five-day team break. He carries a 2.30 GAA and .924 save percentage into Sunday's matchup.
News: Jonathan Bernier is dealing with an illness and will miss Sunday's game against the Panthers, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier's exact illness is unclear at this point, but the mumps would be the team's biggest concern at this point. He will miss Sunday's game at a minimum, and the team should provide an update on his status at some point in the coming days.
News: Paul Martin (undisclosed) took part in an on-ice workout Sunday, but won't travel with the team to New Jersey for Monday's match. "There's no immediate plans for [Martin] to join the team," coach Mike Johnston said after the session. Analysis: A day after suggesting Paul Martin was a "few steps away" from playing, Johnston seemed to backtrack a little bit in his assessment of the blueliner's health. While it doesn't sound like Martin has hit any snags in his recovery, he'll still need some more practice time in order to feel completely comfortable with his health.
News: James Reimer will start in net against the Panthers on Sunday, Steve Godstein of Fox Sports Florida reports. Analysis: James Reimer will receive the start with Jonathan Bernier dealing with an illness. He will have Christopher Gibson as his backup Sunday, but he shouldn't be needed barring an injury. If Bernier's illness causes him to miss an extended time, Reimer should receive the lion's share of the starts in net in his absence.
News: Thomas Greiss (illness) rejoined the Penguins on Sunday, taking part in an on-ice session with the team's strength and conditioning coach. Analysis: The news would suggest Thomas Greiss is past the contagious stage of his bout with the mumps. However, the virus undoubtedly put his body through the wringer, so he'll still need some more practice time before returning to active duty. Jeff Zatkoff will remain on hand as the backup goalie for Monday's game against the Devils while Greiss stays back in Pittsburgh.
News: Christian Ehrhoff (lower body) took part in an on-ice session prior to Sunday's practice. Analysis: The Penguins were initially hoping Christian Ehrhoff would return from IR when eligible Saturday against the Capitals, but he didn't show enough progress with his recovery during the Christmas break for that to come to fruition. Though the Penguins are likely pleased to have him back skating, Ehrhoff won't travel with the team to New Jersey for Monday's game. Coach Mike Johnston said after Ehrhoff's workout that there were "no immediate plans" for him to rejoin the team.
News: Joe Vitale is questionable for Monday's game with a lower-body injury, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Repbulic reports. Analysis: The origin of Joe Vitale's injury is a bit unclear, but it likely happened in Saturday's game against the Ducks. He was able to play his average minutes Saturday, so it's possible he will be in the lineup Monday, but Vitale's status should be updated prior to the opening faceoff.
News: Chris Summers (upper body) won't play Monday against the Flyers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Chris Summers will miss his third straight game due to the upper-body injury, and the early nature of him being ruled out could indicate his injury isn't minor.That remains unclear at this point, but for now, his next chance to return will be Wednesday against the Stars.
News: Patric Hornqvist, who left Saturday's loss to the Capitals with a lower-body injury, is expected to miss "a few weeks." Analysis: Patric Hornqvist took a puck to the leg on a shot attempt by teammate Scott Harrington in the first period Saturday, skating to the bench but not returning from the locker room after the first intermissionl. The Penguins should have a more definitive estimate for Hornqvist's return once he resumes skating, but it sounds like that won't occur for multiple days. The Penguins already have seven forwards out with injured or illnesses, so Hornqvist's setbacks will force the organzation to further plunder its well-scavenged AHL ranks.
News: Marcus Johansson bagged his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Penguins. Analysis: The winger is now riding a three-game point streak to salvage what has largely been a quiet month of December. Prior to starting the streak, he had just two points in his previous 10 games, and hadn't found the net since Nov. 29. It looks like he's finally starting to rediscover his offense again.