News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Jason Zucker (lower body) has started skating on his own, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: There's no timetable for his return, but at least he's starting to make progress. He's been out since Feb. 6 with the injury.
News: Matt Read scored a short-handed goal and added an even-strength marker in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: This was Matt Read's fourth two-goal game this season, giving him 18 goals and 33 points in 59 games on the year. Read now has seven points in his last seven games, helping the Flyers go 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. He plays on the third line in Philadelphia, but is still a lock for 20 goals every season. Read has now scored three short-handed goals this season, which is tied for fourth in the NHL. The 27-year-old has been showing great chemistry with Sean Couturier, who assisted on both of Read's tallies on Saturday.
News: Cam Ward gave up five goals on 41 shots Saturday as the Canes lost 5-1 to the Bruins. Analysis: Cam Ward's 36 saves were nice, but five goals against, especially against a potent opponent like the Bruins, simply won't cut it. This poor showing is likely to reignite the goalie debate in Raleigh, with Anton Khudobin itching for his first start in five games. Despite having 222 career wins, the 2006 Stanley Cup winner has only 17 in the last two seasons combined after battling both injuries and inconsistency. Ward is now a dismal 8-11-5 on the year and has been one of the most disappointing fantasy netminders of the season.
News: Johnny Boychuk had X-rays on his foot after getting hit by a slap shot during Saturday's game, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Boychuk is hurting but not injured. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk looks to have escaped with a bruise but will still undergo precautionary X-rays. While he can't be considered a sure thing for Monday's game against the Wild, the 30-year-old defenseman seems like a pretty good bet to play.
News: Torey Krug scored for the second time in three games, piling on the Bruins' fifth goal in Saturday afternoon's 5-1 triumph over Carolina. Analysis: The goal was relatively meaningless, as it came with ten seconds left in the game with the Bruins up 4-1. However, it was meaningful to the American rookie, who sat out last game as a healthy scratch. His 36th point is most among rookie rearguards and slides him into fourth in overall rookie scoring behind Nathan MacKinnon, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson. Although he has been split up with captain Zdeno Chara at regular strength, Torey Krug is still manning the point with him on the Bruins' top power-play unit, so his value remains high - as long as he's on the ice and not in the press box.
News: Jonathan Quick is a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against the Ducks, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick did not practice Friday or Saturday, and the Kings are still unsure whether he'd be able to serve as a backup in the event that Martin Jones get the nod. Jones should be considered the favorite to start Saturday, as Quick may be able to serve as a backup while ill, but he probably won't start over Jones unless he's close to 100 percent.