Tyutin (lower-body) is expected to be back in the Colorado lineup on Thursday.
Tyutin has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, but it looks like he will be back in tonight in Boston. There’s no word on who he will replace, but Tyson Barrie missed the morning skate with an illness, so it could be Barrie, Cody Goloubef or Eric Gelinas.
Rinne surrendered three goals on 28 shots in the Predators’ win over the Avalanche on Tuesday. Rinne has won five of his last six starts (5-0-1) while posting a 2.47 GAA and .913 SV%. Tonight he will face Dallas for the third time this season—he has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .944 SV% in the first two meetings of the season.
Athanasiou (knee) will return to the Red Wings lineup on Friday.
Athanasiou has been out since November 10th, but will be back in vs. Columbus on Friday. Athanasiou has blazing speed and good hands, but has been limited to just 12:06 TOI/GM in 13 games this season. In limited playing time, Athanasiou has collected four goals and one assist.
Zatkoff allowed one goal on 26 shots in the Kings’ win in Arizona last Thursday. Peter Budaj started on Sunday, but they’ll come back to Zatkoff tonight vs. Carolina. His last game was the best performance of the season for Zatkoff, who lost his three previous starts and tonight he faces a Hurricanes team who lost in Anaheim last night.
Niskanen left Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Niskanen will not travel to Buffalo, but the Capitals are back on home-ice on Sunday, so monitor his status prior to that meeting with the Canucks.
Landeskog has been sidelined since November 15th and will not play tonight in Boston. Landeskog is progressing, but is not quite ready to return to the lineup tonight. Monitor his status as we head into the weekend.
Smith allowed four goals on 27 shots in the Coyotes’ loss in Chicago on Tuesday. Smith has lost four in a row (2-0-2) while posting a 2.96 GAA and .926 SV%. This dude faces so many shots it’s ridiculous, so while the SV% will likely be high, so will the GAA. In his first start against Calgary, Smith allowed two goals on 24 shots in a 2-1 OT loss.
Luongo allowed four goals on 36 shots in the Panthers’ loss in Boston on Monday. Luongo has lost three of his last four starts despite posting a 1.95 GAA and .928 SV%. Tonight he faces a Penguins team that has won four of their last five games while averaging an absurd 5.00 goals per game.
Scheifele (lower-body) will return to the Jets lineup on Thursday.
Scheifele has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, but he will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. Scheifele has been great this season, scoring 13 goals with 13 assists (26 points) in 26 games. He will skate in the middle of Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler tonight.