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: Ray Emery (groin) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Devils, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: The groin injury appears likely to keep Ray Emery out for a fifth straight game, and if coach Craig Berube decides Steve Mason needs a rest, 25-year-old Cal Heeter could make his NHL debut.
News: Corey Tropp saw his first action since February 7 and assisted on Artem Anisimov's game-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Predators. Analysis: He also picked up a fighting major and laid two hits, so it was a solid night for the fourth winger. Corey Tropp doesn't carry much fantasy upside and could return to the press box soon enough, but he's proven to be a valuable depth forward for the Jackets.
News: Jonathan Quick will be in net for the Kings when they face the Oilers on Sunday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick has been on fire as of late, winning his last five starts and allowing just four goals over that span.He hasn't faced Edmonton since a late October shootout win where he held them to just one goal as well. He is currently 20-13-2 with a 2.02 GAA and .916 save percentage.
News: Cam Atkinson was a healthy scratch for Saturday's 1-0 win over the Predators. Analysis: Cam Atkinson has a career high 18 goals and 34 points on the season, but just two points (one goal, one assist) in five games since the Olympic break. The Jackets need his offense though, so look for the feisty winger to rejoin the lineup soon enough.