Howard is dealing with a knee issue and will not dress for Thursday's game against the Lightning, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
Fortunately, every indication thus far has been that the knee issue, which forced Howard from Wednesday's practice, is minor. That said, Petr Mrazek was recalled to serve as Jonas Gustavsson's backup Thursday, and Howard's status for this weekend's games is uncertain.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday that Callahan suffered a second-degree MCL sprain and will miss four to six weeks, the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard reports.
This is a tough blow for the Rangers, who suffered their third straight defeat Tuesday night and dipped below .500 for the season (15-16-1). Callahan is tied for sixth on the team with 13 points, but it's his gritty, hard-nosed demeanor the Rangers will miss most. If the projected timetable holds, he won't be able to return to action until sometime in January.
Callahan suffered a knee sprain during the first period of Tuesday's game and will not return, ESPN reports.
Callahan left the game during the first period and headed to the locker room to be examined. Prior to leaving, Callahan recorded one hit and a minus-1 rating. More information regarding his condition will be forthcoming, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Boychuk (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames.
Boychuk has progressed surprisingly well from his nasty hit into the boards during a game last Thursday, avoiding a concussion and only missing two contests with the back injury. He's slated to join Zdeno Chara on the first defensive pair Tuesday with Dougie Hamilton sidelined with an injury of his own.
12/10/13 - 11:35AM ETDougie Hamilton
: Ruled Out 2-4 Weeks
Hamilton (lower body) has been ruled out for 2-4 weeks, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
It's a critical blow for the Bruins, whose defensive depth had already been compromised with several of his mates still nursing injuries and illnesses. Hamilton hasn't quite taken an offensive leap yet in his second season in Boston, but with seven points and a plus-9 rating in 28 games, his presence will clearly be missed on the blue line.
12/10/13 - 11:13AM ETAlex Tanguay
: (Knee) Hits Big Setback In Recovery
Tanguay is now experiencing a hip problem related to his recovery from a knee injury that will continue to keep him out indefinitely, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Though it has yet to be determined, surgery could be in the works for Tanguay as a result of this latest setback, potentially putting his availability for the rest of the season in question. While further details should emerge in the next few days regarding the extent of the new injury, it's apparent Tanguay won't be returning from injured reserve in the near future. The Avalanche appear to have enough forward depth to cover for his absence, but it nonetheless deprives the team of one of its top scorers for even longer than expected.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he expects Crawford (lower body) to miss three weeks, CSN Chicago's Tracy Myers reports.
Although the Blackhawks have gotten off to a magnificent 21-6-5 start coming off their Stanley Cup win, Crawford had been something of a liability prior to suffering the injury, yielding a middling 2.47 GAA and .907 save percentage over his 27 games. The injury only sends his stock tumbling further down the ranks of elite fantasy goaltenders, with backup Antti Raanta set to assume the bulk of the starts for the next three weeks while Crawford is sidelined.
Phaneuf was suspended for two games Tuesday as a result of his boarding incident on the Bruins' Kevan Miller on Sunday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Phaneuf doesn't have a track record of administering dirty hits, prompting the commissioner's office to go rather light on his punishment. He'll be able to return to the ice for Saturday's game, but the Leafs' already porous defense could be even more vulnerable against quality Kings and Blues teams Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
12/10/13 - 7:14AM ETPavel Datsyuk
: (Concussion) Set To Return Tuesday
Datsyuk (concussion) will play Tuesday against the Panthers, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
The Red Wings indicated late last week that Datsyuk should be back in action Tuesday, so consider this latest news to just be further verification that he didn't suffer any setbacks over the weekend. His return will provide a big boost to a squad that has been short on center talent with Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg also sidelined with injuries of their own.
Crawford (lower body) did not travel to Dallas for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While his injury isn't thought to be serious, Crawford will reportedly miss a minimum of one game. The Blackhawks evaluated their top goaltender Monday but failed to provide any information beyond ruling Crawford out for Tuesday. Kent Simpson was called up from the AHL on Monday, while Antii Raanta figures to get the nod against Dallas.
12/09/13 - 11:50AM ETShane Doan
: Still Out With Illness
Doan (illness) will miss Tuesday's game against the Avalanche.
This is a bit concerning, as players rarely miss more than one game due to illness. Doan was out of the lineup Friday and won't make it back in time for Tuesday's game. Hopefully, the Coyotes will provide some details, though we wouldn't count on it.
Neal received a five-game suspension for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head during Saturday's game, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A suspension was all but guaranteed, as Neal unquestionably made a dirty play in a game that turned ugly. Five games is the maximum allowable suspension for a phone hearing, but looking at the other punishments handed out this season, you could argue that Neal deserved more. His absence will temporarily remove some scoring punch from a team with plenty to spare. Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is likely headed for a Monday return just as Neal is slated to miss the next week-and-a-half of action.
Bouchard was placed on waivers Monday, TSN's James Mirtle reports.
Bouchard has been a disappointment after signing a one-year, $2 million contract in the offseason. He'll likely pass through waivers unclaimed, though it wouldn't be shocking if some team were to roll the dice. If he goes unclaimed, Bouchard will likely join AHL Bridgeport.
12/09/13 - 8:20AM ETEvgeni Malkin
: On Ice For Monday Morning Skate
Malkin (lower body) was on the ice for Monday's morning skate, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Malkin, who missed the last two contests, is questionable for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets. His injury isn't thought to be particularly serious, and his participation in the morning skate is a good sign for his chances of suiting up. Malkin has been his typically productive self this season, tallying seven goals and 30 assists through 29 games.