News: Michael Bournival
recalled Bournival from Hamilton of the American Hockey League, Hockey Inside Out reports. He had been sent down to the AHL to get some playing time and scored a goal in two games with the Bulldogs.
Analysis: Michael Bournival
opened the regular season in Montreal but had not appeared in a game, hence the desire to get some playing time in with the Bulldogs. He rotated in on the fourth line during Monday's practice, and it is not known if he'll suit up Tuesday night against Detroit.
The Capitals reassigned Tom Wilson
(ankle) to AHL Hershey on Monday.
Analysis: Tom Wilson
has been on IR with an ankle injury, and will likely use the stint in Hershey to get back up to speed. Expect him to be called back up to the big club when he's healthy.
News: Brett Connolly
potted his second goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Oilers.
It was nice to see the 2010 sixth overall pick find twine for the second time in five games, but he really hadn't done much else in between (no points, one shot, plus-1 in three contests). Tampa is loaded with bright young talent, anchored by superstar Steven Stamkos, veteran Valteri Filppula and sophomores Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, so Brett Connolly
will need to find the offensive consistency that has eluded him in three NHL seasons if he hopes to earn a more prominent role in coach Jon Cooper's lineup.
Oilers' Hall Pots Penalty-Shot Goal Monday
, LW, EDM
News: Taylor Hall
converted a second-period penalty shot Monday for his fourth goal of the year in a win over the Lightning. He also picked up an assist, fired three shots on net and was a plus-2.
Analysis: Taylor Hall
has been, by far, Edmonton's best player this season and Monday was no exception. He now has six points in six games and should continue to produce on a near-nightly basis for the Copper and Blue.
Lightning's Callahan Injures Lower Body
, RW, TB
News: Ryan Callahan
suffered a lower-body injury in Monday's game against the Oilers and will not return, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay has a short turnaround after Monday's game with a matchup against the Flames awaiting them Tuesday. Ryan Callahan
's status for Tuesday's game is currently up in the air until the Lightning update the severity of his injury.
Pens' Bennett Still Not Close To Returning
, RW, PIT
News: Beau Bennett
(leg) isn't closing to returning, according to coach Mike Johnston.
"Beau is still on his own skating," Johnston said. "I think he's a couple weeks." The Pittsburgh coach didn't expound upon whether he thought Beau Bennett
was two weeks away from returning or two weeks away from practicing. Either way, Bennett won't be back any time soon.
Canes' Skinner (Concussion) To Return Tuesday
, LW, CAR
News: Jeff Skinner
(concussion) will make his regular season debut Tuesday at Winnipeg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "He looks hungry and ready to go," according to head coach Bill Peters.
Analysis: Jeff Skinner
missed the Canes' first four games of the season after suffering the injury during the preseason, but has reportedly looked sharp in practices lately. He will try to provide a boost to a struggling Carolina squad that is still looking for its first win of the season (0-2-2).
News: Jonathan Drouin
(thumb) will in fact play during Monday's game against the Oilers since teammate Alex Killorn (undisclosed) won't be available, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
After getting called up from the AHL on Sunday, Jonathan Drouin
was originally sitting out Monday due to active player limits. However, the injury to Killorn will open things up for Drouin to get some time on the ice, albeit limited.
Hawks' Versteeg Expected In Lineup Tuesday
, RW, CHI
News: Kris Versteeg
(lower body) said that he expects to be in the lineup Tuesday at home against the Flyers, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Kris Versteeg
has not played in the Blackhawks' first four games, but is actually ahead of schedule. He skated with the second line on Monday, alongside Patrick Kane and center Andrew Shaw.
Preds' Prospect Leipsic Returns From Concussion
, LW, NSH
News: Brendan Leipsic
has six assists in four games for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals so far this season.
Analysis: Brendan Leipsic
, who had previously been following the NHL's concussion protocol following an on-ice collision during training camp in September, appears to be back to full health. Leipsic could certainly be called upon to fill in for the Preds at some point this season, but it would likely be in a checking-line capacity, at least initially.