Brooks Laich C WAS 9 Hrs
Laich will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
It appears the recent acquisition of Curtis Glencross from the Flames will bump Laich from the lineup. The 31-year-old hasn't provided much offense from his third-line role this season, recording five goals and 14 points in 49 games.
Carter Hutton G NAS 9 Hrs
Hutton led the Predators on the ice for pregame warmups and will thus start Tuesday's game against the Devils, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Hutton gets the nod after Pekka Rinne was in the net a night earlier against the Rangers. Though he doesn't receive many starts, Hutton has been fairly competent when called upon this season, going 6-4-4 with a 2.51 GAA and .906 save percentage. In leagues that start multiple goalies, he could be a useful option against a Devils squad that ranks 28th in the league in scoring.
Antti Niemi G SAN 10 Hrs
Niemi will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Though the Sharks received a shutout from backup goalie Alex Stalock a night earlier to snap an eight-game home losing streak, coach Todd McLellan will turn the net back over to his No. 1 netminder for the second half of a back-to-back set. Niemi has been far from reliable of late, losing three consecutive games to drop his season GAA to 2.62. Though he still owns a 24-17-7 record and is worth a roster spot in any format, Niemi would be most ideally deployed on a matchups basis. He won't get a favorable draw against the Canucks, who rank 10th in the league with 2.84 goals per game.
Christopher Tanev D VAN 10 Hrs
Tanev (concussion) appears to have suffered a setback in the recovery process, Blake Price of TSN 1040 AM reports.
After Tanev participated in practice Saturday, the Canucks were hoping to have him available for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, but those plans were dashed when the blueliner failed to get back on the ice the last two days. The extent of Tanev's setback remains uncertain at this time, but the Canucks have recalled Frank Corrado from AHL Utica in the interim to fill out their blue line.
Tyson Strachan D BUF 11 Hrs
Strachan (illness) will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Lightning.
Strachan first suffered an infection Feb. 22, but it appears he's been healthy for the last couple of days. However, with the Sabres receiving sound play from Andrej Meszaros of late, coach Ted Nolan will stick with the same defensive lineup he used Saturday against the Panthers.
Trevor Smith C TOR 11 Hrs
Smith (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Panthers, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
Smith hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 14 due to an injury. As the Leafs' fourth-line center, point-gathering opportunities are scarce for Smith, and he doesn't do much to supplement his value outside of the non-scoring categories, either.
Curtis Lazar F OTT 11 Hrs
Lazar (illness) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Wild, Gord Wilson of TSN 1200 reports.
Lazar missed Saturday's game against the Sharks with the flu, but resumed practicing with the team Monday. He'll rejoin Erik Condra and Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the Sens' third line.
Damon Severson D NJ 11 Hrs
Severson (ankle) was activated from injured reserve in advance of Tuesday's game against the Predators.
Though the Devils weren't initially expecting Severson back until later in the week, he showed enough progress with his injury at Tuesday's morning skate for the medical staff to sign off on his return. He'll play in his first game since Dec. 15, likely joining Jon Merrill on the Devils' second defensive pair.
Ryan Ellis D NAS 12 Hrs
General manager David Poile said that Ellis would sit out a third straight game Tuesday against the Sharks, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports. Poile noted that Ellis, who returned from a lower-body injury last week against the Wild, "didn't have a lot of speed in his game" in his return and was in need of more rest.
It doesn't sound like Ellis suffered a setback during his 11:29 of action last week, but he nonetheless might have returned from injury a bit prematurely. It seems the Predators are just being cautious with Ellis, who has been working out off the ice the last few days. Poile said that Ellis could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday's game against the Islanders, but next week might be a more realistic target date.
Frank Corrado D VAN 12 Hrs
Corrado was recalled from AHL Utica and will play Tuesday against the Sharks, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
The Canucks reassigned Corrado to Utica following Sunday's game against the Blues with the hope that one of the team's other injured blueliners would be able to return for Tuesday's contest, but that apparently wasn't the case. As a result, Corrado will appear in his first game with the Canucks since Feb. 1, assuming the since-demoted Alex Biega's spot in the lineup.