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: Fedor Tyutin (ankle) took the ice for pregame warmups without any issues, and he will likely play in Saturday's game against the Wild, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Activated from injured reserve Friday, Fedor Tyutin was still considered a game-time decision Saturday. He hasn't played since Feb. 7, so there may be a bit of rust to shake off.
News: Pekka Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for pregame warmups and thus figures to start Saturday's game against the Blues, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: With the Predators clinging to a shred of postseason hope, Pekka Rinne will start the second game of a back-to-back, after beating the Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 on Friday. His hip has held up just fine, so far.
News: Scott Hartnell netted the game-winning goal in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. It was his first tally since Feb.8. Analysis: It was a vintage goal from Scott Hartnell, who took a pass from Claude Giroux at the top of the circle before ripping a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury. Hartnell now has five points in his last eight games, giving him 16 goals and 25 assists in 62 games on the year. He is on pace for 51 points, which would be the third-highest point total of his 13-season NHL career.
News: Ryan Carter was not on the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, indicating that he will not play against the Lightning, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said his team had one forward who would be a game-time decision, and it would appear that Ryan Carter was the player in question. From the sound of things, the 30-year-old forward can be considered day-to-day.
News: Michael Ryder was on the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, while Ryan Carter was not, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: A previous report said that Michael Ryder was likely the unspecified Devil in danger of missing Saturday's game, but it now appears that Carter was the man all along. Carter thus figures to sit, while Ryder is presumably good to go.
News: Shawn Horcoff (upper body) did not travel with the Stars to Winnipeg for Sunday's game, and it's unclear whether he will be able to play during his team's upcoming three-game road trip, the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Shawn Horcoff will miss a second straight game, at the very least, after getting hit by a puck during Thursday's practice. The Stars haven't provided many details, but coach Lindy Ruff did suggest that Horcoff may be facing a prolonged absence.