NHL Player News
Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes in Tuesday's game against the Wild, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Lehtonen replaced Antti Niemi in goal for the final two periods of Saturday's game against Chicago, surrendering two goals on just 15 shots en route to a 5-1 defeat. The former first-round pick has been decent in limited action this season, posting a 13-5-0 record with a 2.82 GAA and .907 save percentage in 23 appearances. He'll look to pick up his 14th win of the season Tuesday in a favorable matchup with a slumping Minnesota club that has lost 10 of its last 11 games.
Petr Mrazek will start between the posts Wednesday night, taking on the Senators in front of the home crowd, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Mrazek is arguably the hottest netminder in the league, having gone 9-2-1 to complement a squeaky-clean save percentage of .951 over his past 12 starts. This impressive stretch has helped him gain even more separation from Jimmy Howard, who's only started three games in 2016 and hasn't won since Dec. 3.
Ryan McDonagh (concussion) will miss Wednesday's game against the Penguins, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
McDonagh will now miss his second straight contest after sustaining a concussion in Saturday's tilt against the Flyers. Concussions tend to be unpredictable in terms of a firm timetable, but his next chance to slot back into the lineup will come Friday against the Kings. Dylan McIlrath figures to continue filling in on the blue line in his stead.
Jack Skille (concussion) will not play Tuesday night versus the Canucks. "Nothing new on him," Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.
Skille missed Saturday's game against the Jets, and given the complicated nature of concussions in general, it's not a surprise that the Wisconsin native needs more time to recover. Of course, even when healthy, Skille has been enigmatic in the attacking zone, putting up just 12 points in 54 games this season.
Paul Byron (lower body) is still on injured reserve, and won't play Tuesday against the Lightning, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Byron will miss an eighth consecutive game Tuesday with a lower-body injury he sustained on Jan. 19, and his return doesn't appear imminent. Expect an update on the 26-year-old forward's status once he's able to resume skating.
Chris Neil received five PIM for fighting in Monday's 5-1 win over the Lightning.
Neil is a hard-nosed enforcer who has racked up 117 penalty minutes this season. The 13-year veteran is useful in deep leagues that reward being sent to the box, but carries very little value in all other categories.
Erik Gudbranson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Gudbranson had already missed the previous two contests while dealing with an upper-body injury and had been ruled out for the club's next game, so the move doesn't come as much of a surprise. There's still no clear timetable, but Brent Regner figures to continue drawing into the lineup in his place while he's sidelined.
Garrett Wilson was recalled from AHL Portland on Tuesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
The Florida Panthers placed Erik Gudbranson on injured reserve, so Wilson will take his roster spot in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old winger has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) through 37 contests at the AHL level this season, but has failed to work his way onto the scoresheet in six games with the parent club.
Colin Wilson (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve, and will return to action Tuesday against the Capitals, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Wilson, who has missed the Nashville Predators ' last 12 games with a lower-body injury, is expected to slot back into the lineup as a bottom-six forward against Washington. The former first-round pick has tallied 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season.
Griffin Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Reinhart had been recalled ahead of the All-Star break, but he only dressed in two of the club's four games during the week. The 22-year-old will head back to the AHL, where he's tallied six points and a plus-1 rating in 17 games.