News: Dustin Tokarski was called to the crease early in the second period of Montreal's contest at San Jose on Saturday, with the visitors down 2-0. He allowed two more goals on 22 shots (.909) as the Sharks blanked the Habs, 4-0. Analysis: He doesn't yet have the credentials to be a No. 1 starter at this level, but with Carey Price still banged up and Peter Budaj struggling, Dustin Tokarski might get another start or two before he gets shipped back to the AHL.
News: Peter Budaj was pulled from the crease early in the second period after allowing two goals in the first 11 shots he faced Saturday against San Jose. Analysis: Two tallies in just over 20 minutes isn't a mortal sin, but the first of those was uber-soft, resulting from Peter Budaj's mishandling a puck during a Montreal power play. Whenever Carey Price can return, Budaj will get a one-way ticket to the end of the bench.
News: Antti Niemi turned aside 27 shots Saturday night to claim his third shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over Montreal. Analysis: This wil be a huge confidence-booster for him, and will suppress the likelihood that Alex Stalock might seize the starting netminder's job.
News: Matt Nieto collected a goal and an assist Saturday as the Sharks blanked Montreal, 4-0. Analysis: He still hasn't proven himself as a consistent scorer -- note his eight weeks without a point in November and December -- but he's showing signs of developing his offense at the tender age of 21. As we've noted here previously, his fantasy value will depend largely on his line assignments.
News: Logan Couture bagged a goal, two assists, and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Analysis: While he's endured a dip in his shooting percentage (a career-low 9.9% this season), he continues to generate consistent offense. As long as he stays healthy, you should have him in the lineup.
News: Tommy Wingels scored twice, including once on a San Jose penalty kill, to earn first-star honors in Saturday's 4-0 whipping of Montreal. Analysis: His first-period shortie resulted from Montreal goalie Peter Budaj's misplaying the puck, but credit Tommy Wingels for hustle on the play. Wingels isn't among the Sharks' marquee skaters, but he's quietly put together a breakout season (14-20-34 in 60 games) at age 25.
News: Chris Stewart (ankle) will be out for at least another week, according to interim coach Ted Nolan. Analysis: After enduring immense trade talk at the deadline, Chris Stewart remained a Sabre, but then suffered an ankle injury during Thursday's game against the Lightning. Nolan says it's at least a week, but it could be much longer. The team will continue to update his condition throughout the week.
News: Torrey Mitchell (foot) will be out for at least another week, according to interim coach Ted Nolan. Analysis: Torrey Mitchell was picked up from the Wild at the deadline but is now dealing with a foot injury that held him out of Friday's action. He should be back after next week though, barring any setbacks.
News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower-body) will be out for at least a week, according to interim coach Ted Nolan. Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons suffered the injury during Thursday's game against the Lightning and never made it back onto the ice for the third period. The Sabres are still just calling it a lower-body injury with few specifics, but Nolan doesn't anticipate him returning too soon.
News: Patrick Kaleta skated at the First Niagara Center for the first time since tearing his ACL back in November. Analysis: Patrick Kaleta hopped onto the ice after the Sabres morning skate and did a little work. Nothing major, but it was still a step in the right direction. He was the only one on the ice save for training staff. He is still expected to miss the rest of the season but will get a crack at things again next year.