- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Sidney Crosby won’t play today. He doesn’t have symptoms or had any setbacks. Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Crosby on his return, “Hopefully, it’s soon.” When asked if Thursday against the Rangers was possible, “That’s soon, so we’ll see.” Crosby added:
“A good amount of contact is the biggest test right now, so, hopefully, the next few days with the practices we have I can really get a good idea of where I’m at and go from there,” Crosby said. “I’ve been really happy with the way I’ve felt leading up to this point.”
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland and Kris Letang practiced yesterday. Engelland is out with a lower-body injury and hopes to return on Thursday. Letang practiced with the team as no other ice was available for him. He didn’t take any contact.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews hopes to return on Tuesday, but he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.
“I’d love to be in on Tuesday, but again, I just have to focus on this afternoon and getting a good rest tonight and worrying about those little things right now, the way I have been, just taking it one step at a time,” Toews said. “Hopefully, it’s going to be sooner than later at his point.”
“I think so. I keep telling myself that,” Toews said. “If you can shoot for a date like that, even if it’s early, obviously you feel like you’re improving and you’re making strides and notice a difference. This past week I was hoping for Sunday and now I realize that’s not going to happen. We’ll shoot for [Tuesday].
“But again, I’m going to tell you guys [the media] the same thing every day. I’ll just take it day by day and it what happens.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is listed as 50-50 to play on Tuesday. Souray suffered a lower body injury on Thursday and sat out yesterday’s game.
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets Chris Thorburn will be out at least 3 weeks with a lower body injury.
- Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie suffered an upper-body injury didn’t travel with the team for Sunday’s game.
- Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: Jonas Gustavsson doesn’t have many starts remaining to show his bosses they should keep him around beyond the season. Coach Randy Carlyle yesterday morning after:
“I had to go by statistics and … everybody said Jonas Gustavsson has been the better of the two in performance, that’s what they told me.”