Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux could return to the lineup Wednesday against the Dallas Stars.
Giroux, out since Dec. 10 with a concussion, might be healthy enough to play after missing the last four games. He was hurt when teammate Wayne Simmonds kneed him in the head during a game against Tampa Bay.
"I don't know (about playing Wednesday)," Giroux said on CSNPhilly.com. "If you see me in warm-ups, that means I'm going to play."
Giroux is tied for the league lead in points with 16 goals and 23 assists.
HOT ELIAS HAS FEVER
Centre Patrik Elias was scratched from the New Jersey Devils lineup Tuesday because of illness.
Elias, who on Saturday became the franchise's career leading goal scorer, has been battling a fever. He leads the Devils this season with 13 goals and 29 points.
Elias scored twice Saturday against Montreal and now has 348 career goals, surpassing John MacLean's old team mark of 347.
Devils defenceman Henrik Tallinder missed his third game in a row because of back spasms.
Kari Lehtonen, who has missed nine games because of a groin injury, hopes to return to the Dallas Stars lineup after Christmas. "The first couple of weeks were rough," the goalie told the Dallas Morning News. The Stars also activated forward Adam Burish from injured reserve and put forward Tomas Vincour on IR with a lower-body injury ... The San Jose Sharks expect forward Martin Havlat to miss two games with a leg injury. Coach Todd McLellan said Havlat won't play until after Christmas so forward Benn Ferriero was recalled from Worcester of the AHL ... Washington Capitals forward Mike Knuble played his 1,000th NHL game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. Knuble, who has 271 goals and 260 assists during that span, is the 269th player to reach the plateau ... The Florida Panthers signed winger Bill Thomas to a one-year, two-way conract. The 28-year-old has nine goals and eight assists in 25 games with San Antonio of the AHL.