News: Zbynek Michalek scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Zbynek Michalek now has six points in 35 games, to go with a minus-5 rating. Considering it's been five years since the 32-year-old surpassed the 20-point mark, don't expect much more offense from Michalek this season. Considering he sees almost no power-play time, Michalek doesn't provide much fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
News: Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves on 33 shots in Saturday's win over the Blues. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is now 4-1-0 in his last six appearances, giving up 14 goals in that span. The 31-year-old is 14-8-5 on the season, with a .904 save percentage and 2.99 GAA. While he gets the call almost every night for Dallas, the Stars have allowed a whopping 113 goals-against this season, with the disastrous Oilers being the only other team to yield more. Lehtonen is a great fantasy option if you're looking for wins, but if you want solid rate stats, don't expect impressive totals from Lehtonen.
News: Jake Allen gave up four goals on 24 shots in Saturday's loss to Dallas. Analysis: Not the best night for Jake Allen, who has now lost three straight games, giving up a whopping 12 goals in that span. While he remains a top fantasy option with an 11-5-2 record, his .899 save percentage and 2.76 GAA is a tad alarming. While he will likely remain the starter with Brian Elliot (knee) out, expect Allen to lose a significant amount of starts once Elliot returns -- especially if the 24-year-old continues to struggle.
News: Brian Dumoulin was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, Pens' beat writer Shelly Anderson reports. Analysis: Brian Dumoulin had seen a fair share of ice time since being recalled, but the Pens have decided to send him back to the AHL, which could signify the anticipated return of another blueliner Monday. In seven games with the Pens, he averaged 15:04 of ice time and recorded a goal.
News: Jack Johnson gathered two assists and finished with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Bruins. Analysis: It was one of the rare occasions in which Jack Johnson has been on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger, as his minus-20 rating for the season still ranks last in the league. While the Blue Jackets are far from a buzzsaw, it's hard to imagine Johnson's rating taking a much steeper hit, and given the volatile nature of the statistic, it could even rebound from here. The ugly minus-20 mark still hasn't drained Johnson of value, as he's on pace for a career-best 46-point season on the strength of his prowess on the power play, where he's collected 13 of his 18 points.
News: Michael Hutchinson made 22 of 25 saves Saturday, grabbing an OT win against the Wild as the Jets prevailed 4-3. Analysis: After finishing the second period tied 1-1, both teams traded goals in the third in front of a raucous Xcel Energy Center crowd before a bizarre bounce off the glass hit the top of the net, then bounced off Wild netminder John Curry's head and in, handing Michael Hutchinson his ninth win of the season. Despite having rotated starts with Ondrej Pavelec for most of December, Hutch has emerged victorious in nine of his last 12 games and owns a wonderful 1.77 GAA to go with an equally impressive .939 save percentage, making him an excellent option right now each time he takes to the blue paint.
News: Ryan Johansen supplied a power-play assist and won 20 of his 27 faceoffs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Bruins. Analysis: Ryan Johansen wasn't one of the more notable scorers in an impressive win for the Jackets, but his prowess in the faceoff circle was undoubtedly instrumental in helping the team deliver one of its finest offensive performances of the season. The center has won an impressive 53 percent of his draws this season, and while he hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 29, the assist helped extend his point streak to four games.
News: John Curry laid an egg in a surprise start against the Jets on Saturday, allowing four goals on 23 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Analysis: After making it through two periods with a 1-1 tie, John Curry got caught up in a run-and-gun game with the Jets, surrendering two goals on seven shots in the third before a bad-luck bounce in overtime (off the glass, to the top of the net, then off the back of Curry's head and in) handed the Wild their fifth loss in a row. This was Curry's first appearance in the NHL this season, and while it's unlikely he'll see any more time unless Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper remain ill or get injured, the Wild's goaltending situation is so messy that it seems like anything could happen at this point.
News: Scott Hartnell (finger) tallied two goals in his return to action Saturday against the Bruins. Analysis: Scott Hartnell's fantasy owners may have been understandably hesitant to activate him for Saturday's slate following a two-week absence due to the broken finger, but he answered any lingering questions about his health by delivering the Jackets' first two goals in a resounding 6-2 victory. The winger also showcased his typical abrasiveness on the other end of the ice, doling out four hits in the match.
News: Nick Foligno tallied his ninth power-play goal of the season in Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Bruins. Analysis: Nick Foligno has been a terror on the man advantage all season, tallying 17 of his 31 points when the Jackets have an extra skater. The recent returns from injury of Brandon Dubinsky and most recently, Scott Hartnell resulted in Foligno getting pushed down to the third line to start Saturday's game, but he still saw over 20 minutes of ice time. No matter who he lines up with, Foligno remains rosterable in any format until he notices a prolonged slump in what has been a dream season to this point.