Kris Versteeg
Hurricanes' Kris Versteeg: Misses practice Tuesday
Kris Versteeg, RW, CAR
3:40 PM
News: Versteeg didn't practice Tuesday due to an illness.

The Hurricanes' next game isn't until Friday against Pittsburgh, which may give Versteeg enough time to overcome the ailment that held him out of Tuesday's practice. Expect an update on the 29-year-old winger's status ahead of Friday's tilt.

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Bags three points Monday
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, OTT
3:40 PM
News: Pageau tallied a goal and two assists in Monday's win over the Lightning.

Pageau has been on a roll of late, collecting at least one point in all four games since the All-Star break with two goals and five assists in that span. The 23-year-old has already topped both his goals and assists totals from last season, but his main value still lies in deeper formats that reward hits.

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Shane Prince
Senators' Shane Prince: Notches goal in win
Shane Prince, C, OTT
3:40 PM
News: Prince scored his third goal of the season in Monday's win over the Lightning.

The 23-year-old was amidst a major drought, tallying just one point in 15 games coming into Monday's contest, and hadn't lit the lamp since Nov. 25. Prince has just 12 points through 39 contests and averages just 10:46 worth of ice time, so it's hard to rely on him for consistent offense.

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Griffin Reinhart
Oilers' Griffin Reinhart: Reassigned to AHL
Griffin Reinhart, D, EDM
3:40 PM
News: Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

Reinhart had been recalled ahead of the All-Star break, but he only dressed in two of the club's four games during the week. The 22-year-old will head back to the AHL, where he's tallied six points and a plus-1 rating in 17 games.

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Rick Nash
Rangers' Rick Nash: Will miss at least two more games
Rick Nash, LW, NYR
3:20 PM
News: Nash (leg) will miss Wednesday's game against the Penguins and Friday's tilt against the Kings, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Nash hasn't returned to the ice in four days, so the news that he'll miss Wednesday's contest doesn't come as much of a surprise. Friday's game will mark the eighth straight on the bench for the winger, but he indicated feeling better Monday, so a return to the lineup for Sunday's tilt against the Flyers remains a possibility.

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Karl Alzner
Capitals' Karl Alzner: Grabs pair of assists Sunday
Karl Alzner, D, WAS
3:20 PM
News: Alzner had two assists in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win against the Flyers.

Alzner isn't known for being an offensive catalyst, but the assists give him three goals and 17 points in 51 games this season, putting him on pace for another career year following a 21-point campaign in 2014-15.

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Jared Spurgeon
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Out Tuesday
Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN
3:20 PM
News: Despite skating Tuesday, Spurgeon (undisclosed) will not play in the evening contest against the Stars, per Wild coach Mike Yeo, who added the defenseman is a "possibility" to face the Capitals on Thursday.

Spurgeon reportedly is dealing with a deep bruise sustained in Saturday's match with the Blues. This does not sound like a serious injury based on how he has a chance to suit up Thursday. The team is sure to take a closer look at Spurgeon, but in the meantime, defenseman Mike Reilly is with the parent club following his recall from AHL Iowa on Monday.

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Darcy Kuemper
Wild's Darcy Kuemper: Protecting net Tuesday
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN
3:00 PM
News: Kuemper is the confirmed road starter for Tuesday's home match against the Stars.

This will be Kuemper's first start in 2016. The 25-year-old was perfect in a relief showing against the Islanders a week ago, but that's been the extent of his workload since the calendar flipped to a new year. Kuemper brings a 2.06 GAA and .928 save percentage into Tuesday's battle, and that has him on pace for a career-best campaign in terms of rate stats.

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Tyler Gaudet
Coyotes' Tyler Gaudet: Recalled by Coyotes
Tyler Gaudet, C, ARI
3:00 PM
News: Gaudet was recalled by the Coyotes on Tuesday.

Gaudet will supply Arizona with additional depth at center while Boyd Gordon, who is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury, is sidelined. Gaudet has tallied a single assist in five games with the Coyotes this season.

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Braden Holtby
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Set to start Tuesday
Braden Holtby, G, WAS
2:40 PM
News: Holtby will be between the pipes Tuesday against the Predators, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

No surprise as Holtby has been a rock for the Capitals this season, posting a 2.06 GAA and .929 save percentage en route to a 33-5-3 record in 42 games.

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