News: Andrei Loktionov will face his former team Saturday when the Hurricanes visit the Devils. Analysis: Same colors, different team. This will be Andrei Loktionov's second game with Carolina after coming over earlier this week in exchange for Tuomo Ruutu and a conditional third-round pick. The Russian spent most of his time centering the third line between Pat Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe in his first game with the Canes on Friday, but the real story was the 4:04 of man advantage time he received. For a guy who normally averages 0:33 per game on the PP, he could be thrust into fantasy relevance if the power-play time keeps up. We wouldn`t count on it, however, since the Canes are dealing with an 0-for-25 slump on the man advantage and this was likely an experiment by coach Kirk Muller to jumpstart his offense. Look for him to be motivated Saturday against his ex-teammates.
News: Troy Bodie had an impressive game Saturday against the Flyers. He picked up two assists and fired five shots in 15:26. Analysis: He's big and strong, and he doesn't mind throwing his weight around on the forecheck and along the wall. He can skate and his strong play is earning him increased playing time and responsibility. He's not fantasy worthy (yet), but may be a lower-level contributor in hits leagues next season.
News: Jakub Voracek extended his point streak to three games and seven points with two assists in Saturday's loss to Toronto. He has three goals and four assists on this streak. Analysis: The points give him 47 which puts him three points from his career mark. But those have come in 64 games and that's a disappointment for a guy who was expected to deliver a point-per-game pace after his outstanding work in 2012-13. Take advantage of this, though -- it might be a foreshadowing of a strong push to season's end.
News: Kimmo Timonen scored twice in the Flyers' overtime loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Analysis: He's come on strong in March with seven points, including those two goals, in four games. Wring everything out of him while he's ripping it up.
News: Reilly Smith, who has not scored a regulation goal in his last 11 games, potted the winner in the seventh-round of the shootout Saturday to give Boston a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. Analysis: Hopefully this takes the monkey off his back. He has just four assists in those 11 games and is stuck at 44 points on the season. Activate him if you're feeling lucky. Otherwise, you might want to see him start delivering in regulation before you flip the switch.
News: Tuukka Rask made 17 saves through overtime and turned away seven snipers during a long shootout to record a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Analysis: He wasn't overly spectacular and he caught a real break in the seventh round of the shootout when Richard Panik hit the post.
News: Steven Stamkos was minus-2 with one shot and no points in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins. He has not picked up a point since his return from a broken leg. Analysis: OK, it's only been two games, but he will need to figure out how to score without set-up man extraordinaire Marty St. Louis. Fingers crossed that he doesn't suffer the way Brett Hull did after he lost Adam Oates. Just saying.
News: Ondrej Palat now sits third in NHL rookie scoring after a two-point game against Boston on Saturday night. He scored a goal and added an assist to give him 39 points in 64 games this season. Analysis: Go figure -- none of us ever thought this guy would be in the top-three rookie scorers this year. Cripes, we're the first to admit we weren't even convinced he'd earn a job out of camp. He's also at a remarkable plus-22, so that bodes well for continued ice time and performance.
News: Kari Lehtonen was forced from Saturday's game against the Wild after a violent third period collision with Erik Haula. He received medical attention on the ice and left the ice bloodied, but under his own power. Haula was given a charging major and a game misconduct. Analysis: The hit was bad. Haula went hard to the crease and hit Kari Lehtonen helmet-to-helmet, knocking Lehtonen's mask off. Lehtonen then hit his head on the crossbar as Haula went through him. Lehtonen was cut on the face, but two hits to the head may have created concussive forces.
News: Ben Bishop made 29 saves through overtime and allowed just a single goal in a seven-round shootout in a 4-3 loss to Boston on Saturday night. Analysis: Talk about a duel of twinetenders -- he and Tuukka Rask duked it out through the shootout, matching each other save for save until the seventh round. Ben Bishop has just one win since the Olympic break.