News: Mark Fistric logged an assist late in the third period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Mark Fistric's second point with the team and snaps a 10-game-long pointless streak for him.
News: Tim Jackman registered an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Tim Jackman's first in his six games since being traded to the Ducks. This productivity may be a sign that Jackman is getting accustomed to his new team's style of play.
News: Patrick Maroon picked up an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps an 11-game-long pointless streak and gives Patrick Maroon a total of five points this season.
News: Saku Koivu netted an assist early in the first period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps a three-game-long pointless streak for Saku Koivu.
News: Bryan Bickell (lower-body) was on the ice for part of Sunday's morning skate, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Bryan Bickell has been out for over two weeks now but is just starting to get ready for on-ice workouts. He's still a little ways away, but at least progress is being made.
News: Coach Todd McLellan said that Mike Brown has been "stuck between healthy and not" for the last two games, so the team has placed him on IR, according to Mercury News. Analysis: It doesn't get much more vague than an undisclosed injury and a statement that he's somewhere "between healthy and not." Hard to tell what any of this means except that you won't be playing Mike Brown for a little while.
News: Coach Todd McLellan has confirmed that Freddie Hamilton will be in the lineup on Sunday in Minnesota, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Analysis: The Sharks have lost two straight and are hoping the addition of Freddie Hamilton will provide some offense, as he and Matt Nieto will be replacing more physical players.
News: Matt Pelech was sent to AHL Worcester on Saturday, according to the Mercury News. Analysis: Matt Pelech was brought up to provide additional physical presence in San Jose, but with the team losing two straight they're looking for some offense as they've recalled Matt Nieto and Freddie Hamilton from the AHL on Saturday.
News: Matt Nieto, one day after being recalled from the AHL, will start Sunday in Minnesota, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Analysis: Matt Nieto has missed the last eight games after being scratched for a few, then sent to the AHL. He started the season as a good pickup, but trailed off and has lacked offensive production for the last month and a half. He'll likely play on the fourth line Sunday. Don't bank on an instant turn around from Nieto.
News: Chris Kelly was diagnosed with a broken ankle TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Analysis: Chris Kelly took a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis during Saturday's game and left the ice immediately after. He tried to return but was unable and tests revealed the break. He'll be placed on IR either Sunday or Monday and is likely to be out for at least a month.