News: Eric Staal was out sick for Monday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Coach Kirk Muller said the team would see how Eric Staal is feeling during Tuesday's morning skate before determining his status for their game vs. the Rangers. Staal has seen his production slide of late even before the illness hit, as he's provided only two points in his last five games.
News: Analysis: Nikita Nikitin took part in morning skate without limitations and should be safe for fantasy owners to use Monday. He was sidelined just one game on account of the head injury.
News: Kevin Westgarth (head) is considered very close to returning, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: After skating in a regular jersey at Monday's morning session, Kevin Westgarth could return to action as early as Wednesday's game vs. the Ducks if all continues to go well in his recovery over the next couple of days. Westgarth will miss his fifth game in a row Monday with the head injury.
News: Curtis Glencross (ankle) is closing in on a return to the lineup, possibly as soon as Wednesday vs. the Ducks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: Curtis Glencross was on the ice at Monday's morning skate, donning a regular jersey as opposed to his usual yellow non-contact outfit. The Flames' medical staff will evaluate his condition following Tuesday's practice and Wednesday's morning skate before deciding whether or not he's fit to play against Anaheim. Glencross hasn't appeared in a game since Dec. 21.
News: David Schlemko (lower body) returned to Phoenix on Monday and is expected to miss the final three games of the team's road trip, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Coach Dave Tippett said that David Schlemko is dealing with a bone bruise and will take the next few days off to rest before being reassessed when the team returns to Arizona. Former first-round pick Brandon Gormley is expected to take Schlemko's spot in the lineup during the remaining games out east.
News: Martin Hanzal (lower body) will not play Monday vs. the Lightning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Martin Hanzal skated off to the side during Monday's morning skate and presumably won't be ready to go for Tuesday's game vs. the Panthers, either. It was at least promising that he was back on the ice in some capacity Monday, suggesting a return isn't too far off.
News: Cory Emmerton was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: A broken foot to Joakim Andersson is the latest in a long line of center injuries that have forced the Red Wings to dip further into the minors for replacements. Cory Emmerton figures to assume a regular spot in the lineup for the Red Wings, but more than likely outside of a top-six role.
News: Joakim Andersson has a broken left foot and will be out for at least the next couple of weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Joakim Andersson is a repeat participant in the Red Wings' ongoing parade of injured centers, though his loss is certainly not as devastating as the absences of stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. On the other hand, it does further deplete the team's depth at the position, as the Red Wings continue to dig deeper and deeper into their minor league ranks to call up reinforcements.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said that Brian Gibbons (lower body) could be available Monday vs. the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Consider Brian Gibbons a game-time decision after he missed Friday's game with the lower-body injury. The Penguins plugged in new acquisition Lee Stempniak on the top line Friday while Gibbons was unavailable, and it may be hard for the rookie to earn that spot back in the games to come.
News: Coach Dan Bylsma said Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) could play Monday vs. the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will likely come down to a game-time decision after missing Friday's game with the injury. Even with Kris Letang (illness) and Paul Martin (hand) out of commission, Bortuzzo isn't so essential to the Penguins defensively that Bylsma will want him back in the lineup at less than optimal health.