McCormick will be a healthy scratch Monday against Boston, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Justin Fontaine will play as a result after sitting out five games. While McCormick doesn't have a point in five games since he was traded to the Wild, this is more likely giving him a day of rest rather than a demotion.
Saad (upper body) will not play Tuesday vs. the Flyers, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Blackhawks haven't offered much of a timetable for Saad beyond Tuesday's game, but coach Joel Quenneville previously indicated the injury wasn't overly serious. Expect the team to update Saad's status on a game-by-game basis unless he fails to make much progress in his recovery from the injury.
Bernier has been diagnosed with a low-grade muscle strain, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Coach Randy Carlyle seemed rather optimistic about Bernier's outlook, suggesting the goalie was "closer to day-to-day than week-to-week" with the injury. The Leafs will probably roll with James Reimer or emergency call-up Drew MacIntyre for their next two games Tuesday and Wednesday, but Bernier could be an option by the weekend, depending on how he recovers from the muscle strain.
03/17/14 - 10:29AM ETChris Kunitz
: (Leg) May Be Back Tuesday
Coach Dan Bylsma said Kunitz (leg) may return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Stars.
Kunitz skated briefly on his own before Monday's practice, then joined his teammates on the ice for the full session, which can probably be interpreted as a sign he's nearing a return. He missed both of the Penguins' games over the weekend with the injury, and should be viewed as a game-time decision for Tuesday.
Enroth (leg) will stay behind in Buffalo as the Sabres set out on their five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Calgary.
Coach Ted Nolan said Enroth would be under evaluation in Buffalo for the next few days while the team assesses his injury. The Sabres' road trip spans nearly two weeks, so if Enroth's injury is deemed minor, there remains a possibility that the netminder joins the team at some point. Until that time, the Sabres will look to get by with Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen as their two goalies.
03/17/14 - 9:30AM ETJames Neal
: (Concussion) Could Return Tuesday
Neal (concussion) believes he could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday.
"As long as I'm good all day today and if I feel good in the morning, there's no reason why I can't play Tuesday vs. Dallas," Neal said. The Penguins sit comfortably in first place of the Metropolitan Division, but are coming off of lackluster efforts against the Flyers over the weekend. Pittsburgh plays four games this week, so even if Neal sits Tuesday then there's a shot he comes back for the other three contests.
03/17/14 - 9:29AM ETJamie Benn
: Seven-Game Point Streak
Benn had an assist, four shots, and a whopping 14 penalty minutes in 7-2 loss to the Jets on Sunday.
Benn assisted on Tyler Seguin's goal early in the game, stretching his point streak to seven games, over which he has four goals and six assists. His penalty minutes came late in the game when the team was beyond frustrated. Nonetheless, he managed to have neutral plus/minus, which was something of a feat in this game.
With Christopher Nilstorp heading back to AHL Texas on Monday, it would seem that Lehtonen (concussion) would be available Tuesday vs. the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Coach Lindy Ruff has yet to decide on a starter for Tuesday's game, but expect Lehtonen to make the nod now that it seems his concussion symptoms have fully dissipated after three games out of the lineup. Backup Tim Thomas went 1-1-1 while filling in for the Stars in Lehtonen's stead.
Sunday, March 16
03/16/14 - 7:37PM ETMarian Hossa
: Tallies Three Points In Return
Hossa scored a goal and added two assists against the Red Wings on Sunday.
Hossa had been out with an injury since March 1 before returning for this game. Clearly, he is no worse for the wear.
Saad left Sunday's game against the Red Wings and did not return in what is being called an upper-body injury, WGN-AM Radio in Chicago reports.
There will be more known on Monday on how long Saad will be out. After the game Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville said he did not think it was serious. Saad only skated for a little more than six minutes against the Red Wings and did not return for the third period. The Blackhawks though travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday so it will be known probably Monday on whether he will be traveling. Saad has had a strong sophomore season with 19 goals and 25 assists in 67 games. Ironically with Marian Hossa back on Sunday after an upper-body injury, Saad goes out with an upper-body injury.
Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his right hand, the Blues' official site reports.
The report adds that Tarasenko -- who hurt his hand Saturday against the Preds -- will be re-evaluated in six weeks. With Tarasenko (who has 43 points in 64 games) out, the Blues have recalled fellow forward Dmitrij Jaskin.
Bertuzzi (lower body) is now considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
A Macomb Daily report from Saturday said Bertuzzi would not play against Chicago, but he will take warmups and the team will decide afterward whether or not the 39-year-old can go. If he cannot, Jordin Tootoo will slot into the rotation.
Letang, who suffered a stroke on Jan. 29, will practice Monday, but there is no timetable for his possible return to the lineup, the Penguins' official site reports. "We had an idea that at this point in time he could possibly be cleared to practice," coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday. "He still has some other things to go through. He's been working out, skating on his own and doing quite a bit on his own."
The report adds that Letang will not be limited in any way during Monday's practice, but we suspect that the Penguins will proceed very cautiously with the blueliner, who last played back on Jan. 27.
03/16/14 - 9:43AM ETChris Thorburn
: (Ankle): Out Indefinitely With Fracture
Thornburn is out indefinitely with a fractured talus, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.
For those who don't know, the talus is at the lower part of the ankle joint near the top of the foot. Thornburn will have more tests done and a recovery game plan will be made then. The Jets will likely update his condition soon.
Spezza scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's OT loss to the Canadiens. The points extend his current streak to three games and eight points, including six assists.
He's on fire ... to the tune of 16 points, including 12 assists, in his last 10 games. Enjoy the ride.
03/15/14 - 7:37PM ETCarey Price
: Returns From Extended Absence
Price returned to action Saturday night and made 30 saves in a 5-4 OT win over the Senators.
Put him back in your net. That's all you need to know.
03/15/14 - 7:32PM ETDustin Brown
: (Illness) Not On Ice For Warmups
Brown (illness) did not take the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, Elliott Teaford of the LA Newsgroup reports.
Considered a game-time decision, Brown will apparently sit this one out. He's just dealing with an illness and will likely be ready for the Kings' next game, which is scheduled for Monday against the Coyotes.
Stastny (back) is doubtful for Sunday's game in Ottawa but is traveling on the Avs' upcoming three-game road trip, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Stastny is not expected to play in the first of three road games, but he should have a better shot to return Tuesday in Montreal or Wednesday in Winnipeg. Jamie McGinn's fantasy owners have benefited from Stastny's absence, with McGinn recently skating alongside Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly on the Avs' first line.
03/15/14 - 3:19PM ETShawn Horcoff
: (Upper Body) Did Not Travel With Team, Out Sunday
Horcoff (upper body) did not travel with the Stars to Winnipeg for Sunday's game, and it's unclear whether he will be able to play during his team's upcoming three-game road trip, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Horcoff will miss a second straight game, at the very least, after getting hit by a puck during Thursday's practice. The Stars haven't provided many details, but coach Lindy Ruff did suggest that Horcoff may be facing a prolonged absence.
03/15/14 - 2:41PM ETTyler Myers
: (Elbow) Out Saturday, Unlikely For Sunday
Myers (elbow), who has already been ruled out for Saturday, is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Canadiens, the Sabres' official website reports.
The injury wasn't initially thought to be serious, but now it sounds like Myers will miss two games and possibly more. His expected absence prompted the Sabres to recall fellow blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen on Saturday.
03/15/14 - 2:23PM ETJason Zucker
: (Lower Body) Skating On His Own
Zucker (lower body) has started skating on his own, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
There's no timetable for his return, but at least he's starting to make progress. He's been out since Feb. 6 with the injury.
Quick is a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against the Ducks, NHL.com reports.
Quick did not practice Friday or Saturday, and the Kings are still unsure whether he'd be able to serve as a backup in the event that Martin Jones get the nod. Jones should be considered the favorite to start Saturday, as Quick may be able to serve as a backup while ill, but he probably won't start over Jones unless he's close to 100 percent.
03/15/14 - 1:41PM ETCody Eakin
: Looking Better For Sunday
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday that he expects Eakin (lower body) to play in Sunday's game against Winnipeg, the Stars' official website reports. "Eakin, I would anticipate him being ready to play," Ruff said. "We got him out there, he felt pretty good and as a precaution I told him to go off and get an off-ice workout."
With Ruff providing an explanation for Eakin's early exit from Saturday's practice, the defenseman now seems likely to play Sunday.
Brown (illness) did not participate in Saturday's optional morning skate and said that he's still under the weather, but he has not been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Ducks, LAKingsinsider.com reports. "Just kind of play it by ear," Brown said. "Getting back to square one, really. Just stayed in later for treatment, and see how I feel later."
It sounds like Brown will be a true game-time decision, with his status depending on how he feels in the hours leading up to the opening faceoff. If he can't go, a return for Monday's game against the Coyotes would seem likely.
03/15/14 - 1:15PM ETChris Kunitz
: (Leg) Not Ruled Out For Sunday
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Kunitz (leg) has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Kunitz missed Saturday's game (also against the Flyers) but it's quite clear that he's merely day-to-day. While a Sunday return is up in the air, it sounds like he should be back during the upcoming week, at the very least.
Lehtonen took to the ice with the team on Saturday morning, according to NHL.com's Mark Stepneski.
He's still doubtful for Sunday, but it's looking more and more like he'll be back in the next few games.
03/15/14 - 1:32AM ETChris Thorburn
: (Undisclosed) Leaves Early Friday
Thorburn left Friday's game early in the first period with an undisclosed injury.
While the exact nature of the injury remained unknown, Thorburn had just returned from an upper-body injury just a few days prior, so it could just be an aggravation of the same thing. He should be considered day-to-day, but expect the team to update his condition soon.