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: Jake Gardiner picked up his first point in 13 games when he scored a goal in Saturday's OT win over the Flyers. He has 18 points in 63 games this season. Analysis: His game has been slow to develop, but that's OK as long as there's progress being made. And we think there is, despite the brain farts that sometimes escape out his ears. He got lucky in OT when he made a poor decision to pinch and that left an odd-man rush the other way. His name is mentioned all the time in trade scenarios, but we have no idea if that's real or contrived. This season, he's a marginal activation in deep formats -- the points just come too far apart to make him playable on a consistent basis.
News: Nazem Kadri scored his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's OT win over Philadelphia and in doing so, he equaled his career high in points (44). Analysis: He's been a bit streaky this season and at times has appeared to struggle with the chemistry between him and linemate Joffrey Lupul. This is just his third point in his last seven games, but he now has a goal in back-to-back games. This may be the start of something nice.
News: Joffrey Lupul scored the game-winning goal in overtime and picked up an assist in Saturday's victory over the Flyers. It's his second goal in eight games. Analysis: We hoped for so much more after his point-per-game pace over the last two seasons. But right now, he has 19 each (goals and assists) in 56 games and that has to be considered a disappointment for his desperate owners. Count on him as a secondary scorer for the remainder of this season. Nothing more.
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.