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: Justin Braun scored in San Jose's 5-3 loss to Carolina on Friday, his second point in the last five games. Analysis: Justin Braun has a modest nine points through 29 contests on the season, but is averaging close to two minutes of power-play time per game. He's not lighting up the scoresheet, but he's a solid player for the Sharks, albeit one who doesn't score as often as poolies would like.
News: Tommy Wingels scored one of San Jose's three goals in Friday's loss to Carolina, his first tally in four games. Analysis: Tommy Wingels has been giving the Sharks solid secondary scoring while playing alongside some of the team's more talented players. He has three points over the last five games and 19 in 29 contests on the season. He has talent and is one of the Sharks' better young players.
News: Nick Bonino netted an assist midway through the second period of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Friday. Analysis: Nick Bonino has looked good recently, with three assists during the course of his last four games.
News: Alex Stalock allowed four goals on 35 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to Carolina. Analysis: The Canes added an empty-netter to cement the win late but Alex Stalock and the Sharks coughed up a 2-0 first period lead. The backup isn't going to push Antti Niemi anytime soon, but the Sharks do need a stronger effort from their backup. Stalock is a solid option as a spot start in daily leagues, as any goalie for the Sharks usually will be in contention for a win.