Mats Zuccarello LW NYR 9 Hrs
Zuccarello reported that he was feeling ill Wednesday, according to Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.
Coach Alain Vigneault noted that he still expects Zuccarello to play Thursday against the Canadiens. In the meantime, Zuccarello will attempt to pick up some rest before aiming for a return to the ice Thursday morning.
Jiri Tlusty C CAR 9 Hrs
Tlusty was absent from Wednesday's practice for what coach Bill Peters described as maintenance purposes.
Tlusty, who scored a goal in Tuesday's win over the Lightning, appeared to take a hard hit into the boards during the contest, resulting in a brief trip to the locker room. While Tlusty was healthy enough to return later in the contest, he's likely still experiencing soreness on some level. He's expected to return to practice Thursday and suit up for Friday's game versus the Blues.
Jeremy Morin LW CLS 9 Hrs
Morin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Blue Jackets wasted no time in moving Morin to IR after he likely aggravated a pre-existing upper-body ailment during Tuesday's win over the Capitals. Morin has three points in 17 games with Columbus this season and was likely to notice a diminished role with the impending returns of Artem Anisimov (triceps) and Boone Jenner (back). The team is considering him out indefinitely for now.
Sidney Crosby C PIT 10 Hrs
Crosby (lower body) skated again Wednesday morning, but an announcement on his status for the game later in the evening against the Capitals has yet to be revealed, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Since Wednesday's skate was just an optional one for the Penguins after Tuesday's win over the Jets, the media was unable to inquire about Crosby's availability versus the Capitals. For what it's worth, Crosby was on the ice for about 30 minutes, and indicated he had "felt good" while skating a day earlier. It's possible the Penguins won't provide any updates until the team holds warmups 30 minutes prior to the game's 8:00 ET start time, so Crosby's fantasy owners will surely want to keep track of his situation during that block.
Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 10 Hrs
Niederreiter scored his 15th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
It was his first goal in 17 games. After a hot start to the season, Niederreiter had registered just four assists in a 17-game stretch. Hopefully this outing ends his slump.
Tyler Toffoli C LA 10 Hrs
Toffoli (illness) took part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Toffoli's return to the lineup won't be confirmed until he's formally activated from injured reserve, but that's likely to occur at some point in the afternoon. The winger, who has 12 goals and 27 points over 41 games, had been sidelined with a case of mononucleosis over the last two weeks. Expect him to skate on the second line with Jeff Carter and Dwight King on Wednesday evening.
Nicklas Grossmann D PHI 10 Hrs
Grossmann (upper body) won't be a lineup option for Thursday's game against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Grossmann has been cleared to play at this point after missing the previous three weeks with the injury, but the coaching staff believes the blueliner is in need of some more practice time. His return to action could come over the weekend against the Leafs, with Carlo Colaiacovo likely moving out of the lineup to accommodate him.
Tuomo Ruutu LW NJ 10 Hrs
Ruutu (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
It looks like the All-Star break provided sufficient time for Ruutu to recover from the flu, but it's uncertain if he'll return to the lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Maple Leafs, the Devils' first game of the second half. He remains listed on injured reserve for the squad, so he'll be questionable to play until he's formally activated.
Curtis Glencross LW CGY 10 Hrs
Glencross (lower body) participated in practice Wednesday morning, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports.
Following Tuesday's game, coach Bob Hartley indicated Glencross could return as early as Thursday, and his presence at Wednesday's practice seems to improve the chances of that. More on his status should become known closer to Thursday's opening faceoff.
Jonathan Quick G LA 10 Hrs
Quick was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Quick ended the first half on a sour note, losing seven straight games to drop to 16-12-10 on the season. He had fared better in his more recent outings, but there's only so many ways to put positive spin on a losing streak of that length. It's probably for the best for fantasy owners to keep him on the bench against the Blackhawks, who lead the league in shot attempts per game.