News: Brett Bellemore scored his first goal of the season and collected five PIM in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Brett Bellemore now has six points and a plus-3 rating in 33 games on the season. Considering the defenseman averages just 15:32 of ice time and has only recorded 16 shots on goal, Bellmore is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Roberto Luongo led the Panthers on the ice for pregame warmups and will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Sabres, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Coach Gerard Gallant typically prefers to split back-to-back sets between his two goalies, but with the Panthers fighting tooth and nail with the Bruins for the final wild-card spot, Roberto Luongo could get another nod Sunday against the Lightning, too. Any decision on Sunday's starter will likely depend on how Luongo fares against the Sabres, the league's lowest-scoring team. The Sabres have been more competitive in their recent contests, but the team's lack of playmakers -- especially with Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis out -- should make Luongo the favorite to come away with the victory Saturday.
News: Trevor Smith (lower body) could be ready to play Sunday against the Capitals, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Analysis: Trevor Smith has been practicing with the Maple Leafs for several days, and while he won't warrant lineup consideration for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, the team could turn to him for the second game of its back-to-back set. The 30-year-old has occupied a fourth-line role for the Maple Leafs this season, contributing four points, eight PIM, and 58 hits over 40 games.
News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) will travel with the Canadiens during their four-game road trip beginning Monday in San Jose. Analysis: Alexei Emelin was able to practice with the team on three occasions this week, signaling that he's almost fully recovered from his injury. He'll likely continue to skate with the team during the road trip, but until he slots in on a regular pairing during one of those sessions, an activation from IR won't be imminent.
News: P.A. Parenteau (concussion) was activated from injured reserve, but will serve as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: P.A. Parenteau has been cleared to play for a few days now, but with the Canadiens winning their last three games, coach Michel Therrien is reluctant to break up his lines. The winger, who has been sidelined since Jan. 2 with the concussion, might make his return to the lineup Monday in San Jose.
News: Tye McGinn (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Tye McGinn missed about a month with the injury, which he suffered during the Sharks' Jan. 31 win over the Blackhawks. His activation will make him a lineup option for Saturday's tilt with the Senators, but it's not clear if coach Todd McLellan plans on using him. Even when he had been healthier earlier in the season, McGinn often jostled between a bottom-six forward role and hitting the press box as a healthy scratch.
News: The Blackhawks placed Tim Erixon on waivers on Saturday, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Tim Erixon had mainly been out of the way Blackhawks' lineup after being acquired in December from the Blue Jackets for Jeremy Morin. Erixon has zero points, is a plus-1 and has averaged 9:59 of ice time in eight games for the Blackhawks this season. He played in the Blackhawks' last two games after being a healthy scratch for 16 consecutive games. The move of Erixon comes after Chicago defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. If he clears waivers, Erixon will be sent down to AHL's Rockford.
News: Chris Tierney was reassigned to AHL Worcester on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Chris Tierney stuck with the Sharks for a little under a month during this latest call-up period, contributing a goal and four assists over 10 games. He'll head back to the minors to open up a roster spot for Tye McGinn (upper body) was activated from IR in a corresponding move.
News: Antti Niemi will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Senators, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Antti Niemi has experienced a rather rough February, going 3-5-2 with a 2.99 GAA and .910 save percentage over 10 outings. He's been able to sidestep repeated blowups that might otherwise compromise his hold on the No. 1 goalie job, but his production has nonetheless left a lot to be desired. With Ottawa entering Saturday's game with confidence after scoring back-to-back road shutouts over the Ducks and Kings, Niemi doesn't make for an overly appealing fantasy option in daily formats Saturday.
News: Garrett Wilson was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Garrett Wilson was scheduled to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Sabres, so the Panthers decided it was in his best interest to head back to San Antonio for the weekend. He appeared in two games during his stint with the Panthers, going minus-2 while putting five shots on goal.