Tom Wilson F WAS 4 Hrs
Wilson netted a goal and 17 penalty minutes in Washington's 5-3 win over Columbus on Tuesday.
Aside from his second goal in the last five games, Wilson was again at the center of attention when it comes to physical play, as he fought Blue Jackets heavyweight Jared Boll following a heavy hit that knocked teammate Michael Latta from the game. While Wilson may get more looks at the revolving door of right wing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the situation is too fluid an unpredictable to start Wilson on every night, unless you are in a league that counts hits and penalty minutes. The situation continues to bear monitoring.
Cam Talbot G NYR 4 Hrs
Talbot is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, the Rangers' official site reports.
Talbot, who is in line to start in net for the Rangers for the 14th time in 15 games since Henrik Lundqvist was sidelined, is coming off a strong effort Monday in which he stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 4-1 triumph over the Predators.
Cam Talbot G NYR 4 Hrs
Talbot is expected to start in goal Wednesday against the Red Wings, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Talbot's has caught fire in net recently, winning four of his last five and eight of his last ten contests in net. He will look to extend those streaks in net Wednesday against the Red Wings, assuming he receives the start as expected.
Henrik Zetterberg LW DET 4 Hrs
Zetterberg (upper body) is slated to undergo some final tests Wednesday afternoon in order to gain clearance for the Wings' evening contest against the Rangers, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
While it sounds like Zetterberg is likely to be a go on Wednesday, pending the results of his tests, MLive.com's Ansar Khan relays that Daniel Cleary would be in to play Wednesday night if Zetterberg isn't cleared to do so.
Emile Poirier F CGY 4 Hrs
Poirier collected an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers.
This counts as Poirier's first point in four games since getting called up from AHL Adirondack on Feb. 23. The speedy winger is a highly touted prospect, so it would be wise to closely monitor his progress in the infancy of his career. Prior to his ascension to the majors, Poirier had 14 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with the Baby Flames.
Henrik Zetterberg LW DET 4 Hrs
Zetterberg (upper body) will likely return to the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Zetterberg's upper-body injury could have been a concussion, as he showed symptoms of the ailment, but he hasn't dressed for a game since Feb. 21. It appears that streak will end Wednesday, as he looks to be ready. The veteran winger has accumulated 49 points over 57 games this season, and will look to add to that total Wednesday.
Sam Brittain G FLA 4 Hrs
Brittain was recalled from ECHL Cincinnati on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
The Panthers experienced the ultimate doomsday scenario Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, as both Roberto Luongo (neck/shoulder) and Al Montoya (groin) were both forced to leave the game with injuries. For a moment, it appeared as though 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas would have to enter the crease as an emergency option, but Luongo was permitted to reenter the game to finish out the third period. Even so, it's clear that neither Luongo and Montoya are completely healthy, prompting the team to recall Brittain and AHL goalie Dan Ellis in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars. It's unclear at this juncture if either goalie will be needed to dress for the game, but Ellis would likely play ahead of Brittain if both Luongo and Montoya are ruled out. Brittain, 22, has never made an appearance at the NHL level and hasn't impressed with Cincinnati this season, posting a 2.71 GAA and .895 save percentage over 27 games.
Dan Ellis G FLA 4 Hrs
Ellis was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
With both Roberto Luongo (neck/shoulder) and Al Montoya (groin) forced to exit Tuesday's loss against the Maple Leafs at various points in the contest, both goalies are being listed as day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against the Stars. The uncertain health of the netminders prompted the recalls of Ellis and Sam Brittain on Wednesday, though it's unclear if either or both will be forced to dress Thursday. By virtue of his greater NHL experience, Ellis ranks third on the Panthers' organizational depth chart, so he would get the start Thursday ahead of Brittain in the event Luongo and Montoya are ruled out.
Mikhail Grigorenko C BUF 4 Hrs
Grigorenko was re-assigned to AHL Rochester, reports Kevin Oklobzija of The Democrat and Chronicle.
Well, that was short. Grigorenko's stint with the Sabres lasted just one game, and he didn't even play, sitting out as a healthy scratch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. With top center Zemgus Girgensons (fractured ankle) out of the lineup, Grigorenko was in position to take the spot, but head coach Ted Nolan opted for Phil Varone instead. Grigorenko may move between the NHL and AHL a few more times this season.
Nick Bjugstad C FLA 4 Hrs
Bjugstad was removed from Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs in the third period after being struck by the puck, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Coach Gerard Gallant indicated after the game that Bjugstad was OK, and just had the wind knocked out of him.
Bjugstad's removal from the game was overshadowed by the Panthers' drama in goal, as both starter Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were forced to exit the game at various points due to injury. Fortunately, it appears Bjugstad was able to avoid any significant pain, so the expectation is that he'll be back in the fold for Thursday's game against the Stars. His availability should be affirmed following the Panthers' gameday skate.