Bernier is dealing with an undisclosed minor injury, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
This explains why Bernier, who was previously scheduled to start, gave way to James Reimer for Thursday's game against the Coyotes. It sounds as if Bernier will just be day-to-day, as the Maple Leafs didn't feel the need to call up a third goalie for Thursday's contender.
12/19/13 - 7:32PM ETCory Hodgson
: Potentially Serious Hand Injury
Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said that Hodgson could be out for "a while" with a hand injury, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Hodgson was forced out of Thursday's game, and it sounds like he may be dealing with a major hand injury. He's been one of the Sabres' most productive forwards this season, with 19 points (eight goals) through 33 appearances. Fantasy owners should probably be prepared to deal with a multi-game absence, though nothing has been confirmed.
12/19/13 - 9:40AM ETJohan Franzen
: (Concussion) Ruled Out Until After Christmas
The Red Wings have ruled Franzen (concussion) out until after the Christmas break, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Unable to take the ice for practice since suffering a concussion in Sunday's game against the Lightning, Franzen will now miss at least the next three games for the team, if not longer. If he fails to make much progress in his recovery over the weekend, the team could move Franzen to IR to free up a roster spot for another forward.
12/19/13 - 9:01AM ETJonathan Huberdeau
: (Foot) Back In Lineup Thursday
Huberdeau (foot) will play Thursday against the Senators, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
This was the expectation after Huberdeau was able to work out during Wednesday's practice, and his availability Thursday was confirmed following a successful morning skate. He rejoins Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall on the top line.
Coach Craig Berube confirmed Schenn (neck) will play Thursday against Columbus, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Remarkably, Schenn won't even be a game-time decision after looking just fine during morning skate. The forward has contributed assists in three of his last four games and should be safe for fantasy owners to use against the Blue Jackets.
Although early reports indicated Bernier would get the start Thursday, James Reimer was the first goalie off the ice at the end of morning skate, suggesting Bernier will serve as his backup, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
Moreover, Bernier stayed on the ice for extra work after Reimer left the ice, making it even further likely he'll be confined to backup duty for the second straight game. If that's indeed the case, it's a somewhat strange decision by coach Randy Carlyle, considering Reimer's recent struggles. Expect further clarity on the Leafs' goaltending situation before the puck drops.
12/19/13 - 8:01AM ETBrayden Schenn
: (Neck) Takes Part In Morning Skate
Schenn (neck) was on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, CSN Philly's Sarah Baicker reports.
Schenn is still considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, but it appears the Flyers are proceeding with the expectation that he'll be available. Considering the viciousness of the hit to the head he took from the Caps' Tom Wilson on Tuesday, it would be surprising if he were to take the ice Thursday.
12/19/13 - 7:56AM ETMikael Granlund
: Out with Concussion
Granlund (concussion) will not return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Granlund resumed practicing earlier this week, but still needs more time to get back to full speed. He'll miss his 11th game due to the concussion.
Bernier will get the start in the net Thursday against the Coyotes, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
James Reimer has imploded of late, and while Bernier hasn't been dramatically better, he'll retain top goaltending duties in Toronto for now. The Leafs' porous defense should afford him plenty of save opportunities against a quality Coyotes attack, but it may be difficult for Bernier's own offense to keep pace.
Harding was placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to a new change in the treatment protocol for his multiple sclerosis.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement that Harding will face a minor adjustment in his treatment that will only keep him off the ice for about a week, as the team expects him back Dec. 27 vs. the Jets. Harding, who saw his 2012-13 campaign interrupted after he was first diagnosed with the illness, has been nothing short of spectacular for the Wild this season, ranking first in the NHL with a 1.51 GAA and second with a .939 save percentage. Fortunately, it looks as though fantasy owners won't be without him for too long.
Steen signed a three-year, $17.4 million extension with the Blues on Wednesday.
The contract will be a steal for St. Louis if Steen continues to play at the level he's playing at right now. The 29-year-old is currently tied for second in the NHL with 22 goals, and ranks ninth in the league with 36 points.
Lecavalier (back) is still 2-3 weeks away from returning, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Wednesday that he's very encouraged by Lecavalier's progress, so the center seems to be a little bit ahead of schedule at this point. With nine goals and five assists in 22 games, the Flyers would love to get him back sooner, but he'll be out at least until the new year.
12/18/13 - 9:58AM ETEvgeni Malkin
: (Leg) Will Miss Next Two Games
Malkin (leg) has been ruled out of Wednesday and Thursday's games, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The good news is that he skated in Pittsburgh on his own Wednesday, so he's likely not that far away from returning. The Pens will definitely be cautious with him though, considering they're pretty securely in a playoff spot currently, and they'll need the star center to be fully healthy for the rest of the season.
Bourque returned to the active lineup Tuesday night after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He skated 12 shifts for 9:42 of ice time in a 3-1 win over Phoenix.
Bourque was primarily a fourth-liner in his first game back.
Tuesday, December 17
12/17/13 - 6:43PM ETTrevor Smith
: Leaves Game With Possible Hand Injury
Smith left the game with what appeared to be a right hand injury, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
The injury appeared to occur when Smith attempted to block a shot in the final period. He finished the game with three hits and won two of his eight faceoffs in 9:27 of ice time before exiting.
12/17/13 - 6:39PM ETBrayden Schenn
: Leaves Game With Possible Head Injury
Schenn left Tuesday's game after he was drilled into the boards by the Capitals' Tom Wilson, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Schenn hasn't officially been ruled out for a return, but it was a truly vicious hit by Wilson, who blindsided Schenn into the boards and incited a minor brawl. Schenn was able to get to his feet just seconds after colliding with the boards, only to fall back down to the ice woozy. It's entirely possible he sustained a concussion as a result of the hit, though that likely won't be determined until after the game.
12/17/13 - 5:03PM ETDan Ellis
: Will Start In Goal Tuesday
Ellis will make the start in goal Tuesday vs. the Avalanche, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
After another brutal outing by Kari Lehtonen on Monday night, coach Lindy Ruff will turn to Ellis while his top netminder gets some rest. Ellis hasn't been particularly strong in his nine appearances on the season and wouldn't appear to be an especially reliable streaming option against a good Colorado squad.
Cammalleri (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Bruins, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Cammalleri had been scuffling recently with just one point in his last seven contests, but his absence Tuesday still certainly hurts the Flames' attack as they face off against one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. The team will hope to have Cammalleri back in action Thursday against Detroit.
Huberdeau (foot) will not play Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Huberdeau, who was questionable heading into Tuesday, didn't participate in pregame warmups with his foot still ailing and will now miss his second game in a row. The Panthers' attack wasn't strong to begin with, and missing a player of Huberdeau's caliber should making scoring goals an even greater challenge.
12/17/13 - 3:22PM ETDavid Backes
: (Upper Body) Will Not Play Tuesday
Backes (upper body) will not play Tuesday vs. the Sharks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Backes was labeled as day-to-day with the injury coming into Tuesday, and it's no surprise he'll be sitting for the second game of the team's back-to-back. The presence of Backes on the top line has helped vault Alexander Steen to fantasy superstardom this season, so it's worth watching to see if his absence disrupts the continuity of the team's attack against San Jose.
Bryzgalov will be in goal Tuesday vs. the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Bryzgalov wasn't spectacular in his return from IR on Sunday, but coach Dallas Eakins will more than likely stick with him as his No. 1 goalie until further notice. The wins might be hard to come by for Bryzgalov, but delivering better ratios than previous starter Devan Dubnyk represents a low bar to cross.
12/17/13 - 12:16PM ETJared Boll
: Will Miss 3-4 Months After Ankle Surgery
Boll will miss the next three-to-four months after undergoing surgery on his ankle Monday.
Boll had appeared to be close to a return from IR due to a foot as recently as two weeks ago, but he hit a major setback in his recovery process by tearing a tendon in his ankle. After a week of rest and rehabilitation proved ineffective, Boll ended up opting for surgery to correct the matter. Boll's long-term absence is a big loss for those owners who were counting on the rugged winger to help stabilize their penalty minutes.
Price will take the start between the pipes Tuesday against the Coyotes, TSN's John Lu reports.
Price has been a steady force in goal for the Canadiens this season, going 15-10-2 with a 2.00 GAA and .935 save percentage. He's coming off a stellar outing against the Islanders on Saturday in which he netted his second shutout of the season, stopping all 21 shot attempts. Based on his latest performance, he could be a solid option Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Mason will take the start in goal Tuesday against the Capitals, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Mason is coming off a rough outing in which he allowed four goals on 33 shot attempts in an overtime loss to the Capitals. He'll have his chance for redemption Tuesday, looking for his first win against the Caps in three tries this year.
12/17/13 - 7:46AM ETJaden Schwartz
: Out with Undisclosed Injury
Schwartz did not play in Monday's game against the Senators due to an undisclosed injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Schwartz has an injury that is only labeled as muscle-related. He's day-to-day, and his status for Tuesday's game against the Sharks is uncertain.
12/17/13 - 6:48AM ETMichael Latta
: (Lower Body) Out Tuesday
Latta (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
With additional rest, Latta will now target Friday's game against the Hurricanes as his next potential game action, as the Caps have not placed him on IR at this time.
Grabovski (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Flyers, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
He did not travel with his teammates to Philadelphia, making it very clear that he's going to be held out for the second straight game with the hope that he'll be ready to roll when the Caps are in action Friday in Carolina.
12/17/13 - 6:39AM ETCody Hodgson
: (Lower Body) Set to Play Tuesday
Hodgson (lower body) is ready to return Tuesday against the Jets after being a late scratch Saturday, WGR 550 reports.
Sabres head coach Ted Nolan made the announcement Tuesday morning, and the flurry of moves between Buffalo and AHL Rochester confirms Hodgson's expected return after a one-game absence.
Quick (groin) has skated with his gear on but still doesn't appear close to a return, the Los Angeles Times reports. "He practiced with his gear, but he's not really to the point where there's anything other than movement," head coach Darryl Sutter said. "Just being really cautious with it till he's pain-free."
The Kings have the luxury of being extremely patient with Quick's rehab, given the play of Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens of late, so they won't rush him back. He's been sidelined for five weeks now.