Marc Methot D OTT 9 Hrs
Methot (back) skated on his own Monday, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports.
Methot didn't participate in any hockey related drills, so he's probably still not close to returning, but head coach Paul MacLean did call it an improvement. Methot will likely be partnered with Erik Karlsson on the team's top pairing once again when he is able to return.
Stephen Weiss C DET 9 Hrs
Weiss was able to play without any pain in Saturday's 1-0 overtime win against Toronto, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Weiss only played for eight minutes and played at left wing, a new position for him, but looked comfortable out there. With Johan Franzen likely to return Tuesday, however, Weiss may be a healthy scratch again.
Kris Versteeg RW CHI 9 Hrs
Versteeg (lower body) practiced with the team Monday.
The winger has yet to suit up this season, but will likely be back in action Tuesday against the Flyers. Versteeg skated on the second line at Monday's practice alongside Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane. If that is indeed how the lines shake out for Tuesday, expect Brandon Saad to be bumped down to the third line, and Jeremy Morin to end up watching from the press box.
Kris Russell D CGY 9 Hrs
Russell was a plus-3 and added an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets.
Russell is now a plus-5 with two points and five shots on goal in his last three games. He seems to be recovering from his slow start and last year's mark of 29 points shouldn't be too hard to replicate.
Pavel Datsyuk C DET 9 Hrs
Datsyuk (shoulder) could play Tuesday against the Canadiens, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports.
Datsyuk was targeting October 25 for a return, but it sounds like he's a safe bet to be back in the lineup Tuesday at this point. The star center practiced on his usual line Monday, and even took his usual place on the top power play unit. Keep an eye out for a confirmation update before Tuesday's game, but Datsyuk's return should be imminent.
Joe Colborne C CGY 9 Hrs
Colborne picked up his sixth assist of the season in a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday.
Colborne now has six points in seven games and is showing why the Flames were so excited for his second year in Calgary. While his 70-point pace may not last, the unheralded forward is still only 24 and in his second full year in the league.
Matt Stajan C CGY 9 Hrs
Stajan tallied his first point of the season with an assist in a 4-1 win against Winnipeg on Sunday.
Stajan has had an up and down career with Calgary, never reaching the heights he did in Toronto. The 30-year-old's best fantasy days are behind him, and he is a bottom-six center for the Flames.
Mikael Backlund C CGY 9 Hrs
Backlund notched an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets.
Backlund now has three points in three games and looks much more comfortable after missing the preseason. After a career year in 2013-14, perhaps Backlund is finally putting it all together. Fifty points is not out of the question if Backlund can stay healthy, but that and consistency has always been an issue with him.
Patrick Brown C CAR 9 Hrs
Brown was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Sunday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Brown, who has been shuffled between Raleigh and Charlotte several times since the start of the season, may be called upon to fill in once again as several of the Canes' regulars (Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, Nathan Gerbe) continue to be on the shelf with a various assortment of injuries. So far this season, Brown has zero points in four games for the Canes, averaging 9:38 of ice time per night playing on the team's fourth line. Bottom line, not a lot of fantasy value here.
Brett Bellemore D CAR 9 Hrs
After sitting out the Canes' first three games as a healthy scratch, Bellemore finally joined the lineup for Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers. He did not record a point, but registered a couple of penalty minutes, plus two hits and two blocked shots in 18:16 of ice time.
With blue line regulars Andrej Sekera (upper-body) and John-Michael Liles (general soreness) both on the shelf with injuries, the Canes finally turned to Bellemore to help plug the holes in the lineup. This will most certainly not last, of course, as once the team's walking wounded return to action, Bellemore will find himself back on the bench. Despite the occasional spot start, the young defenseman's fantasy value will continue to hover dangerously close to zero, even in the deepest of formats. Use him only when desperate, while continuing to look for other options.