News: Johan Franzen (concussion) didn't practice Monday, and he still doesn't have a timetable to return, The Detroit News reports. Analysis: Johan Franzen last played in a game Jan. 6, and it's now known that he's recovering from a concussion. He has a pretty notable history of dealing with concussions, including an absence of approximately two months last season.
News: Tomas Jurco (back) will likely be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Panthers, The Detroit News reports. Analysis: Tomas Jurco, who hasn't played in a game since Jan. 6, participated in Monday's practice. If he doesn't return Tuesday, he may make it back for Thursday's game in Tampa Bay.
News: Jakub Kindl (elbow) may still be a few days away from being activated from injured reserve, The Detroit News reports. Analysis: Jakub Kindl was expected to return after the All-Star break, but it sounds as if he's no sure thing for Tuesday's game against the Panthers. There haven't been reports about a setback, and it's still possible that he returns for Tuesday's game.
News: Petr Mrazek will start Tuesday's game against the Panthers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov reports. Analysis: With Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) still sidelined, Petr Mrazek opens the second half as Detroit's top netminder. However, both Howard and Gustavsson are hoping to return within the next few weeks, which could push Mrazek back to the AHL. It's also possible that the Red Wings opt to keep Mrazek over Gustavsson as Howard's top backup, given how well Mrazek has played this season.
News: The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from AHL Milwaukee, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Marek Mazanec, who got some AHL work in during the NHL All-Star break, returns to the big club to combo with Carter Hutton, with fellow goalie Pekka Rinne still sidelined.
News: Andrew Ebbett was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. Analysis: Andrew Ebbett was reassigned just before the All-Star break to get some extra work in, and has now been recalled along with two other forwards to provide depth with both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby expected to miss the first game of the second half. In his last game with the club Jan. 21, Ebbett managed to add another point to his total, giving him six on the season in 18 games.
News: Dion Phaneuf is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Per the report, Dion Phaneuf sustained his injury prior to the NHL All-Star break, with the week-to-week tag suggesting that the blueliner will miss multiple games, starting with Wednesday's tilt against New Jersey. Another report indicates the injury may be an aggravation of a prior hand issue that was again bothered in last Wednesday's game against the Senators.
News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Ellis from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Ellis, who has recorded 13 points in 38 games AHL games to date, adds experience and depth up front, but he's off the fantasy radar in his depth role with the Sabres.
News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Hackett from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Hackett will combo with Jhonas Enroth for the Sabres in the coming days, with fellow goaltender Michal Neuvirth currently sidelined by a lower-body injury.
News: Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury, the Sabres' official site reports. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth suffered his injury "while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time," GM Tim Murray relayed Monday. "He will not join the team for our trip out west this week," Murray added. With Neuvirth ailing, the Sabres have recalled fellow goalie Matt Hackett.