Jeremy Lauzon D BOS 16 minutes ago
Lauzon was sent to AHL Providence on Tuesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
We are surprised it took this long for the Bruins to find a better spot on the organizational depth chart for Lauzon considering he was a healthy scratch for the past seven games. It's been tough sledding for Boston's second-round (52nd overall) draft pick from 2015, as he's only produced one goal through his first 15 games at the top level, but the big club has already seen a number of defensemen go down with injuries this season and Lauzon is a call-up candidate having already been in the NHL.
Mikko Koivu C MIN 1 hour ago
Koivu (knee) will return to action Tuesday evening against the visiting Sharks, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Koivu, fortunately, wasn't dealing with a long-term injury as was initially feared to be the case, but it doesn't appear that he will slide back into the top six upon his return. Instead, Koivu should be on the third line with Jason Zucker and Luke Kunin. That Wild won't go as far as leaving the heady veteran off the power play, though.
IRSven Baertschi LW VAN 2 hours ago
Baertschi (concussion) won't return to the lineup prior to the Christmas break, as coach Travis Green told reporters, "I don't expect him to play in the next week before the break."
Baertschi hasn't played since Oct. 24, a stretch of 26 games on the sidelines, and will miss a minimum of the Canucks' next three contests. The fact that the team considers him day-to-day is certainly a good sign, but no firm timeline of when he might be available has been announced, so fantasy owners will have to take a wait and see approach.
Philipp Grubauer G COL 2 hours ago
Grubauer will defend the home net versus the Canadiens on Wednesday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Grubauer will take on a Habs team that has gone 6-4-0 in the past 10 games without much direction one way or the other in a tightly contested Atlantic Division. Still, Colorado's chief backup will need to watch out for Max Domi, in particular, as the 23-year-old wunderkind leads the club with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) through 34 games.
Anders Nilsson G VAN 2 hours ago
Nilsson will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Lightning.
Nilsson hasn't been great in the month of December, suffering three consecutive losses while posting a sub-par 3.01 GAA and .899 save percentage over that span. The Swedish netminder will look to start righting the ship while picking up his fourth win of the season in a brutal home matchup with a Tampa Bay club that's 10-3-2 on the road this campaign.
DTDBrock Nelson C NYI 2 hours ago
Nelson (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Arizona, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Nelson exited Monday's 4-1 win over the Avalanche after logging 11:54 of ice time due to an undisclosed injury, so the fact that he's considered questionable for Tuesday's contest doesn't come as a surprise. If Nelson's unable to go, Ross Johnston or Tom Kuhnhackl will likely draw into the lineup against the Coyotes.
DTDThomas Hickey D NYI 2 hours ago
Hickey is still undergoing testing for the upper-body injury he suffered versus Colorado on Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The news effectively rules Hickey out for Tuesday's clash with Arizona, which figures to open the door for Luca Sbisa to return to the lineup. In 32 games this season, the 29-year-old Hickey tallied just four assists, 37 shots and 56 blocks and won't offer much in terms of offensive firepower.
Filip Zadina LW DET 2 hours ago
Zadina (groin/hamstring) will still head to World Juniors in spite of his recent injury, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
There have been nothing but positive reports on Zadina since he picked up the injury in Saturday's game with AHL Grand Rapids. His first order of business is drawing into Wednesday's home game against the Monsters, and then the prospect plans to head back to his home country to prepare for action with Team Czech Republic. The World Juniors will commence Dec. 26 and run through January.
DTDAlexander Kerfoot C COL 2 hours ago
Kerfoot (upper body) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Now that he's been cleared for contact, Kerfoot appears to be on track to return to action Wednesday against the Canadiens, but official word on his status may not come out until Colorado takes the ice for pregame warmups. Assuming he's given the green light, the Avalanche will be happy to have Kerfoot back in the lineup against Montreal, as he's been a solid source of secondary scoring this season, notching four goals and 18 points in 30 appearances.
Connor Hellebuyck G WPG 2 hours ago
Hellebuyck will look to dethrone the Kings in Tuesday's clash, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Although Hellebuyck has given up four goals in each of his two previous outings, he was still able to walk away with victories, which gives him a 6-1-0 record in his previous seven outings. Being backed by one of the most potent offenses in the league (3.64 goals per game) allows the netminder some leeway when it comes to stopping pucks from crossing the goal line. Los Angeles is averaging a league-worst 2.18 goals, so it could be an easy night for the 25-year-old.