News: Dustin Tokarski was called to the crease early in the second period of Montreal's contest at San Jose on Saturday, with the visitors down 2-0. He allowed two more goals on 22 shots (.909) as the Sharks blanked the Habs, 4-0. Analysis: He doesn't yet have the credentials to be a No. 1 starter at this level, but with Carey Price still banged up and Peter Budaj struggling, Dustin Tokarski might get another start or two before he gets shipped back to the AHL.
News: Peter Budaj was pulled from the crease early in the second period after allowing two goals in the first 11 shots he faced Saturday against San Jose. Analysis: Two tallies in just over 20 minutes isn't a mortal sin, but the first of those was uber-soft, resulting from Peter Budaj's mishandling a puck during a Montreal power play. Whenever Carey Price can return, Budaj will get a one-way ticket to the end of the bench.
News: Antti Niemi turned aside 27 shots Saturday night to claim his third shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over Montreal. Analysis: This wil be a huge confidence-booster for him, and will suppress the likelihood that Alex Stalock might seize the starting netminder's job.
News: Matt Nieto collected a goal and an assist Saturday as the Sharks blanked Montreal, 4-0. Analysis: He still hasn't proven himself as a consistent scorer -- note his eight weeks without a point in November and December -- but he's showing signs of developing his offense at the tender age of 21. As we've noted here previously, his fantasy value will depend largely on his line assignments.
News: Logan Couture bagged a goal, two assists, and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Analysis: While he's endured a dip in his shooting percentage (a career-low 9.9% this season), he continues to generate consistent offense. As long as he stays healthy, you should have him in the lineup.
News: Tommy Wingels scored twice, including once on a San Jose penalty kill, to earn first-star honors in Saturday's 4-0 whipping of Montreal. Analysis: His first-period shortie resulted from Montreal goalie Peter Budaj's misplaying the puck, but credit Tommy Wingels for hustle on the play. Wingels isn't among the Sharks' marquee skaters, but he's quietly put together a breakout season (14-20-34 in 60 games) at age 25.
News: Jamie Benn had a goal and three shots in Saturday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: Jamie Benn has a four-game point streak going with two goals and four assists over the last four games. He's playing alongside Tyler Seguin on the top line and the top powerplay unit. They've emerged as an incredibly dangerous pairing, combining for six goals and nine assists in the last four games. What's not to like about this situation?
News: Rich Peverley had an assist and a shot in Saturday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: The numbers aren't gaudy, but he's got three assists over the last two games and is playing on a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin who have combined for six goals and nine assists over the last four games. His powerplay time isn't on that top unit, but he's still seeing a lot of time on one of the hottest lines in the league right now. If you roll the dice on Rich Peverley who has seven goals and 23 assists this season keep an eye on the depth chart. He's worth much less if he's taken off this line.
News: Alex Goligoski had an assist and a solid 23:35 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Wild. Analysis: Alex Goligoski, who has five goals and 30 assists on the season, has three goals and two assists over the last four games. The Stars are playing great, their powerplay is on fire, and Goligoski is a benefactor for fantasy owners. It may not last through the stretch, but the getting is good right now.
News: Erik Cole had a goal, the game-winners, and an assist in a close match against Minnesota on Saturday. Analysis: Erik Cole had 15 goals and 13 assists this season, a far cry from the 30-goal scorer he has been previously. Nonetheless, he's providing some offense and is getting solid powerplay time on a team who has one of the hottest powerplays in the league since the break.