News: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net against the Flyers on Sunday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec is in a rotation with Michael Hutchison in net, and Sunday is his turn to start in net. He is coming off a good performance against the Sabres in which he stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, and carries a 2.27 GAA and .916 save percentage into the matchup.
News: Joffrey Lupul registered a goal and assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Joffrey Lupul was the beneficiary of coach Randy Carlyle's decision to reshuffle his top-six forwards, as the winger replaced James van Riemsdyk on the Tyler Bozak/Phil Kessel line. The move proved fruitful right away, as Lupul notched his eighth goal of the season in the first five minutes of the first period on a secondary assist by Kessel. Lupul's stock had already been on the rise during a month of December in which he's recorded nine points in 10 games, and the prospect of him sticking with Bozak and Kessel only makes him more intriguing.
News: Brent Burns scored the overtime-winning goal Saturday against the Blues. Analysis: Brent Burns continues to roll, recording three goals and seven points in his last eight games. With 26 points (10 goals) in 34 games, the 29-year-old has been one of the best fantasy defenseman this season. You know what to do.
News: Peter Holland tallied a goal in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: The center has recorded a point in each of his last three games and was able to finish with a plus-2 in Saturday's contest, a surprising development given the final score. He probably remains an option only in deeper leagues at this time, however, as his presence on the third line offers him fewer scoring chances than desired.
News: Phil Kessel gathered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Because of the Leafs' horrid effort on the defensive end, Phil Kessel was saddled with a minus-2 rating for the night, marking the third negative rating he's taken in his last four games. Even so, fantasy owners likely drafted Kessel for his scoring ability, and he continues to do that about as well as could have been expected. He's notched 17 goals and 19 assists across his 33 games on the campaign.
News: Daniel Winnik contributed a helper in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Daniel Winnik has picked up assists in four of his last five games and is chugging along at a half-point-per-game pace on the season. He's only managed just one goal in 31 games, however, limiting some of the impact of that point production.
News: Jake Gardiner was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Flyers. Analysis: With just eight points and a minus-11 rating in 30 games, Jake Gardiner has been mostly a letdown for the Leafs this season. He's probably too talented to stick in the press box for long, but perhaps the healthy scratch will serve as a wake-up call for the blueliner. He was replaced in Saturday's lineup by Korbinian Holzer.
News: Ray Emery stopped only 21 of the 25 shots he faced Saturday against the Maple Leafs, but road the coattails of his offense to the victory. Analysis: Claude Giroux, Jacob Voracek and company lit up opposing goalie Jonathan Bernier for seven goals on the evening, allowing Ray Emery to come away with his second victory in December. Emery owns a winning record for the season and could be in line for an increased workload in light of the recent back injury to No. 1 goalie Steve Mason, but it might not be wise to invest in shallower formats just yet. Mason's timetable is not entirely clear just yet and might not extend much further beyond the weekend, and Emery's ratios (3.13 GAA, .894 save percentage) are still rather porous for the season.
News: Johnny Gaudreau potted his seventh goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Analysis: With seven goals and 24 points in 32 games, Johnny Gaudreau has been a fantasy gem in his first full NHL season. Skating on the second line, the 21-year-old could reach the 60-point mark in 2014-15. Although the Flames have lost seven straight, Gaudreau is worth a look, as he has been remarkably consistent since late-November, never going more than three games without appearing on the scoresheet.
News: Jhonas Enroth stopped just 18 of the 22 shots he faced as the Sabres took a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday. Analysis: A porous defense has often been at fault for Jhonas Enroth's rather middling ratios this season, but he'll probably bear most of the blame in this one. The 22 shots represented the fewest amount he had seen in a full outing all season, but Enroth simply didn't make enough saves. With the Buffalo offense unable to pick him up, Enroth saw his four-game winning streak come to a halt.