News: Nicklas Jensen scored for the second straight game in Sunday's win over Florida. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen has impressed since being called up from Utica, tallying two goals, one assist, and a plus-3 rating in his first five career NHL games. With injuries to Daniel Sedin (hamstring) and Ryan Kesler (knee), the 21-year-old has been playing on the top line. It won't be too long before the youngster becomes a well-known name in fantasy hockey.
News: Jiri Tlusty (lower body) was not on the ice for Monday's practice. Analysis: The lower-body injury that kept Jiri Tlusty out of Sunday's game will continue to sideline him for practice, but he's still being labeled as day-to-day by the Hurricanes. Tlusty would probably need to get back on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate to have a shot at playing later that night against the Blue Jackets.
News: John-Michael Liles (concussion) practiced in a yellow non-contact jersey Monday. Analysis: John-Michael Liles' presence on the ice Monday would suggest he's made another step forward in his recovery from the concussion, but he'll need to ditch the non-contact jersey before being viewed as close to returning. He's missed the last five games for the Hurricanes.
News: Eddie Lack will be in the net Monday vs. the Lightning. Analysis: Coach John Tortorella continues to lean heavily on the young netminder, as Eddie Lack will be making his ninth straight start Monday. His performance has been generally erratic lately, as he's alternated wins and losses in his last five outings.
News: Ryan Carter (upper body) did not practice Monday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ryan Carter missed Saturday's game with the upper-body injury and still appears to be limited heading into this week. He's just a fourth-liner for the Devils and probably doesn't have too many fantasy owners who are heavily invested in his availability for Tuesday's contest vs. the Bruins.
News: Paul Martin (hand) was practicing stick handling and shooting Monday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Paul Martin required some extra padding to cover up his hand while taking part in the activities, but it's good to see him back on the ice in some capacity. He underwent surgery on the hand in late February and appears to be about two-to-four weeks away from returning from injured reserve.
News: Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice Monday morning, suggesting that he is in line to start the Bruins' evening game against the Wild. Analysis: Look for Tuukka Rask to return to the Boston net on Monday after giving way to Chad Johnson in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes. Rask has won his last five starts for the surging B's, who have notched eight victories in a row overall.
News: Johnny Boychuk (foot) was not spotted at the Bruins' Monday morning skate. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk came out of Saturday's win over Carolina banged up, after crashing awkwardly into the boards and limping off the ice, as well as being stung later by a shot that he blocked. It's possible that his absence from Monday's skate was simply maintenance-related, though with the Bruins' surplus of blueliners, the team could decide to rest Boychuk on Monday against the Wild.
News: Alex Goligoski (undisclosed) was back in the lineup Sunday vs. the Jets, logging 23:10 of ice time. Analysis: Alex Goligoski picked up an assist but found himself on the ice for too many Winnipeg goals, resulting in a woeful minus-4 rating. The key number here, however, is the 20-plus minutes of ice time, demonstrating that Goligoski wasn't seeming especially limited by the injury.
News: Cody Eakin (lower body) returned to the lineup Sunday vs. the Jets, logging an assist and a minus-3 rating in the defeat. Analysis: Although it was nice to see Cody Eakin register a point Sunday after missing the previous game due to injury, he was one of several Stars players who took a heavy hit to their plus/minus rating in the blowout loss. Eakin has 30 points, 85 hits and 51 blocks through 66 games this season.