Here are some news and notes from around the NHL this afternoon:
- Pascal Leclaire will start in net tonight for the Jackets.
- Chris Simon returns to the Islanders line-up tonight for the first time since being suspended for stepping on Jarko Ruutu's foot.
- Casey Borer has been demoted by the Hurricanes to the AHL.
- The MRI on Nicklas Lidstrom's knee revealed no tear, and the star defenseman will be lost to the Wings for three weeks.
- Niklas Kronwall (shoulder) may return to the Wings line-up this weekend.
For Illegal Curve, I'm Richard Pollock.