News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Tyler Ennis' point streak now stands at four games and four points (two goals, two assists) after he tallied the Sabres' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. Analysis: He's actually been percolating along since mid January and he has 20 points, including 10 goals, in his last 22 games. And remarkably, he's only minus-2 in that span -- not bad considering he's minus-14 on the season. Ride him now. And next season may be his breakout. But we've said that before, haven't we?
News: Lubomir Visnovsky put up three assists in Saturday's win over Buffalo. Analysis: Wow -- 11 points in 23 games doesn't sound half bad for a defender until you consider his lack of playing time due to concussion this season. Bottom line? Use him while he's healthy. Just have a back-up plan.
News: Alexander Semin bagged his 19th goal of the season as part of a team-high seven shots Saturday. It was the lone Hurricanes marker in a 5-1 afternoon loss to the Bruins. Analysis: The Russian sniper's third-period tally cut the Bruins' lead in half before they erased any chance of a Carolina comeback with three unanswered goals. After an underwhelming start to the season in which he recorded a mediocre three goals and ten points in his first 24 games, Alexander Semin has brought his point total to 39 and turned things around. He played his way on to Russia's Olympic team after being snubbed for his poor play, and finally looks Semin-like with 21 points in his last 20 games. The man they call "Sasha" also extended his point streak to seven games in this one, which became both the longest current streak in the NHL and his longest of the season. He is showing great chemistry with Jordan Staal - who is enjoying a five-game point streak of his own - and we're optimistic that the remaining 15 games will be enough for him to reach 50 points for the sixth time in his nine-year career.
News: Kyle Okposo led the Islanders to a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night. He scored a goal that stood up at the winner and added an assist. Analysis: He's having a great season -- 69 points in 68 games -- and the goal is the 99th of his career. Oh yah -- he's on a four-game, eight-point streak, too. #breakout
News: Anders Nilsson made 33 saves in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Sabres. Analysis: He played well and had some luck, too -- he had to reach behind to snag a puck that trickled through him on a shot in the second. He's 2-2 in his last four starts, but he's had just nine starts this season. This start was his first in just over a week.
News: Robin Lehner made 43 saves in Ottawa's 5-4 OT loss to Montreal on Saturday night. Analysis: Pelted. With. Pucks. The Habs scored on their third shot of the game, but not again until near the end of the third. The Sens had a 4-1 lead until the 16:38 mark of the third when their world collapsed; the tying goal came at 19:59. Three goals in 3:21. Yikes. He may be line for more work if Craig Anderson's injury proves to be serious. He'll need to be a lot better than this.