Ondrej Pavelec G NYR 1 hour ago
Pavelec will man the crease in Monday's contest against Dallas, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
The first-year Ranger has had a rough start to life in the Big Apple, having gone 2-4-0 with a 3.45 GAA and .899 save percentage through seven games. That being said, Pavelec's play has improved of late, recording a 2.93 GAA and .923 save percentage over his past two starts. On Monday, Pavelec will face off with a Stars team that has dropped three straight while averaging 1.67 goals per game.
Anders Lindback G NSH 2 hours ago
Lindback was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Monday.
This is now the third time this season that Lindback has been yo-yo'd between the AHL and NHL in order to give No. 2 goaltender Jusse Saros an opportunity to stay fresh by starting games in the minors. There's no reason to give Lindback any fantasy lineup consideration unless he's recalled in the event of an injury to the netminders ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.
Juuse Saros G NSH 2 hours ago
Saros was called up from AHL Milwaukee on Monday.
Saros started both weekend games for the Admirals, posting a 1-1-0 record while giving up nine goals on 69 combined shots. Nashville is committed to developing the 22-year-old for the future, so fantasy owners can probably expect the team to continue switching between him and Anders Lindback for the foreseeable future. With the Predators heading into a back-to-back Wednesday and Thursday against the Canucks and Oilers respectively, Saros could get a look between the pipes.
IRMika Zibanejad C NYR 2 hours ago
Zibanejad (concussion) is doubtful to return to action against the Stars on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Considering Zibanejad has just resumed skating, it seems unlikely that he will be available for Wednesday's trip to Ottawa as well, although no official timeline has been announced by the team. Prior to his five-game absence, the center has notched six goals and 10 assists in his previous 15 outings. Boo Nieves figures to remain in the lineup until Zibanejad is given the all-clear to play.
Jaroslav Halak G NYI 2 hours ago
Halak will get the starting nod for Monday's clash with Washington.
Halak has been less than stellar of late, as he has posted a 1-2-1 record with a 3.11 GAA in his previous four outings. It won't get any easier for the netminder when he squares off with Alex Ovechkin and company, who are averaging 3.06 goals per game -- 10th highest in the league.
DTDJohnny Boychuk D NYI 2 hours ago
Boychuk (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Monday's divisional clash with Washington.
The veteran defenseman has already missed two games due to the injury, though not much is known about the nature of said injury. When healthy, Boychuk is a lockdown defender whose heavy shot allows him to offer some offensive contributions, including three goals and eight points in 27 contests this season. Look for Dennis Seidenberg to continue in the lineup if Boychuk is unable to go.
DTDJori Lehtera C PHI 3 hours ago
Lehtera will not join the team for practice Monday due to illness, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Lehtera has missed the Flyers' last three outings as a healthy scratch, so it seemed unlikely he was going to be in the lineup Tuesday even if he was 100 percent. With the center under the weather, he probably has cemented himself as a scratch versus the Maple Leafs . In 17 outings this season, the Finn has notched a pair of helpers along with two PIM, 18 hits and 10 shots on goal.
Brent Burns D SJ 3 hours ago
Burns scored two power-play goals, recorded eight shots on goal and posted a minus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Wild on Sunday.
The reigning Norris trophy winner hasn't been himself this season, but at least he put the puck into the net a couple times Sunday. He has just four goals in 29 games, and his first power-play goal Sunday was his first of the season. Incredible considering we're about a third of the way through the season. But actually, Burns has experienced more issues at even strength. Burns only had eight goals on the power play last season, so he's not too far behind that pace, and he owns a minus-10 rating. Furthermore, he currently owns a 3.3 shooting percentage, which is less than half of his career norm in that category. Maybe Sunday's performance will get him going, but fantasy owners need more at even strength from Burns.
Martin Jones G SJ 4 hours ago
Jones allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Wild on Sunday.
The Sharks goaltender started the season well, but he's suddenly ice cold, having allowed at least four goals in each of the last four games. In December, he owns a 1-2-1 record and .860 save percentage. That coming on the heels of a November to remember, where he recorded a 1.85 GAA and .935 save percentage. Jones will have a few days off and then try to right the ship against the Flames on Thursday.
Alex Stalock G MIN 4 hours ago
Stalock allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Sharks on Sunday.
The stat line indicates he had an average night, but two of the goals Stalock yielded were to Brent Burns on the power play. At even strength, he was very sharp, stopping 22 of 23 shots. That begins to make up for the seven goals he allowed in his last start against the Jets on Nov. 27. With only eight appearances, that game has put his numbers completely out of whack - .905 save percentage and 3.09 GAA. In his first six games, he posted a .928 save percentage.