Hall (leg) is on the ice for the Oilers morning skate.
Hall has missed the last two games, but his availability for the morning skate is a good sign that he could be available tonight. His status for tonight’s game will be determined after the morning skate.
Lehtonen was the first off of the ice for the Stars.
Lehtonen allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Stars win in Ottawa on Thursday. Despite allowing 16 goals on 154 shots (.896 SV%) in his last five games, he has won three of those match ups. He gets the nod in Winnipeg—Lehtonen is 10-5-2 with a 3.03 GAA and .905 SV% on the road.
Brian Lashoff has cleared waivers and been sent to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Lashoff has two assists and a plus-4 rating in 11 games with the Red Wings this season. His demotion opens up a roster spot for either Alexey Marcheko or Xavier Ouellet to stay with the big-club full time.
Halischuk has been placed on IR with an undisclosed injury.
Halischuk must have suffered the injury on Thursday night in Philadelphia. His movement to IR means he will miss at least seven days, so the injury must be relatively serious. With Halischuk out, T.J Galiardi will be in the lineup on Saturday.
Malkin (lower-body) returned to Penguins practice on Saturday.
Malkin has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, but his return to the ice on Saturday is a good sign he shouldn’t be out for much longer. The Penguins take on Nashville tomorrow afternoon, be sure to track Malkin’s status.
Quick gave up three goals on 29 shots in the Kings win over Chicago on Wednesday. It was Quick’s first win since January 1st and pushed him to 2-3-3 with a 3.34 GAA And .868 SV% this month. Tonight he will meet the Bruins for the second time this season. In their first contest, he posted a 31-save shutout.
Johnson will start this afternoon vs. the Red Wings.
Johnson allowed two goals on 18 shots in a win in Columbus on January 10th. Despite not having a back-to-back, Johnson will give Jaroslav Halak a breather today in Detroit. The Red Wings have been hot as of late and Johnson’s had a rough go so far. He enters play at 6-5-0 with a 3.38 GAA and .870 SV%.
Phaneuf (upper-body) will miss at least another week.
Phaneuf will miss his third straight game tonight and will likely miss at least three games next week. The Maple Leafs season is pretty much over, so they likely won’t rush Phaneuf back into the lineup.