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: Johnny Boychuk notched a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning. Analysis: With three goals and 19 points in 59 games to date, Johnny Boychuk's biggest fantasy impact thus far has been his spiffy (and tied for league-best) plus-31 rating. Meanwhile, the 6-2, 225-pounder remains a valuable cog on the Bruins' blue line, thanks to his sturdy physical play and booming shot.
News: Jeff Petry (back) is expected to play Sunday against the Kings, according to Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun. Analysis: The Oilers were unsure about Jeff Petry's back so they brought up Oscar Klefbom on an emergency basis. However, Petry is obviously feeling much better which means that he will be out on the ice for Sunday's action.
News: Carl Soderberg notched a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning. Analysis: Carl Soderberg, who has 35 points in 55 games overall, has racked up three points over his last two games, with his solid play of late helping the B's third line -- which also includes Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelley -- emerge as an effective trio for the team.
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.