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: Jhonas Enroth will be in net for the Sabres when they face the Blackhawks on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Buffalo Times Herald reports. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth is coming off of an outstanding 43-save win over the Lightning on Thursday. With the trade of Ryan Miller, he is now considered the No. 1 gialie in Buffalo so he'll be seeing plenty of action between now and the end of the regular season.Despite a dismal 4-13-5 record, he has a solid 2.82 GAA and .911 save percentage.
News: Brandon Prust (upper body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bruins, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Brandon Prust will be a welcome sight to the Canadiens, as he provides some needed agitation at forward, but he doesn't provide them with a scoring touch that's desperately needed.
News: Cory Conacher, who was dealing with immigration isssues, was with the team on the ice for their morning skate Sunday, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Cory Conacher was claimed off waivers at the trade deadline and is expected to be one of the top-six starting forwards for Buffalo. He is expected to play Sunday night against the Blackhawks.
News: Casey Wellman was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday, Katies Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Casey Wellman was brought up on an emergency basis Saturday, but was not needed for the game. He'll continue to go back and forth when the Capitals need depth.