News: Trevor Smith, who tipped in the winner Thursday night, has seven points in his last nine games. He is taking advantage of his recent promotion from the AHL where he is the captain of the Toronto Marlies. "... you have to take your hat off to the player," coach Randy Carlyle said of Smith. "He's earned every opportunity, he's earned everything he's got and when people do that they should be recognized for their contribution." Analysis: He had just 24 NHL games prior to this season and injuries to the Leafs' centers forced him into a position on a scoring line. He won't be a regular fantasy contributor, but the Leafs' injury woes aren't going away. He may help in deep leagues.
News: Matt Bartkowski saw 18:40 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski, who checks in with six assists in 14 games to date, has often been the odd man out on the B's blue line, due to the team's depth at the position. With Johnny Boychuk out indefinitely though, the improving Bartkowski -- who has displayed solid mobility of late -- figures to remain in the team's lineup for the time being.
News: Torey Krug (undisclosed injury) saw 19:58 worth of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. Analysis: Torey Krug went into the game officially a game-time decision, but he looked unimpeded Thursday, playing 2:17 on the power and recording three shots on goal, while looking just as energetic and dangerous with the puck as he has typically of late.
News: Ryan Garbutt (lower body) is expected to play Saturday against the Flyers, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: After Ryan Garbutt was able to make it through Friday's practice without incident, coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that the forward would be in the lineup Saturday barring a last-minute setback. He'll assume a fourth-line role for the Stars alongside Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel.
News: The Stars have ruled out Trevor Daley (ankle) for multiple weeks following Friday's MRI, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Just as the team feared, Trevor Daley will likely head to injured reserve, joining fellow defenseman Stephane Robidas. Lengthy absences for two of the Stars' better blueliners could make life extremely difficult for goalie Kari Lehtonen in the games to come.
News: Evander Kane (lower body) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Lightning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Evander Kane showed a step in the right direction by skating at Friday's practice, but coach Claude Noel is going to give him a little more practice time after nearly a week away from the ice. Look for him to have his eye on returning Tuesday vs. the Blues.
News: Riley Nash had a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-3 win over San Jose, giving him two goals in the last two games. Analysis: Riley Nash had seen his minutes dip below 10 per contest over the last week and has been quietly this season offensively with seven points. Nash has not been a big scorer in his career and likely won't break that trend this season.
News: Dustin Penner merited an assist during the first period of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Friday. Analysis: Dustin Penner continues to look good, he has seven points in his last eight games and 23 points in the 24 games that he has played in this season.
News: Keith Aulie (broken hand) underwent surgery on Friday, according to the team's official website. Analysis: Keith Aulie has no points and a minus-3 rating in six games with the Bolts this season. There is currently no timetable for his return.
News: John-Michael Liles' recall Friday is fuelling speculation that Morgan Rielly will be released to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championships. The Leafs now have eight healthy defenders on the roster. Analysis: The harsh reality for Team Canada is simple -- Morgan Rielly has been the Leafs' second or third best defender so far this year, so it's highly unlikely he'll be released. Then again, what does it say about your blue line if a 19-year-old holds such status. Rielly was a healthy scratch Thursday when the Leafs played the Stars; it remains to be seen if he'll be back in the saddle Saturday.