News: Sam Gagner (ankle) will take part in warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Hurricanes. Analysis: If Sam Gagner makes it through warmups without issue, he'll presumably get the green light to play against Carolina, but Philip Larsen will slot into the rotation if the team decides to hold Gagner out for another game. He played through the ankle injury Thursday but sat out Friday's tilt.
News: Jesse Joensuu (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: Jesse Joensuu hurt the ankle Friday night and while there is not a set timetable for his return, he'll miss at least one game with the injury. It will likely mean slightly more playing time for Ryan Jones against Carolina.
News: Rick Nash is currently in a four-game goal-less drought. Analysis: Rick Nash, who is minus-3 with just two goals and three assists in his last 14 games has certainly gone cold at the wrong time for fantasy owners. However, his career numbers (122 points in 151 games) suggest March to be the first-line winger's favorite month of the season, so his funk shouldn't drag on for too much longer.
News: Derek Stepan has two goals and nine assists in nine games since the NHL returned to action from the Olympic break. Analysis: After being snubbed for playing time with Team USA, the 23-year-old clearly returned from the Sochi games with a chip on his shoulder. Despite the inconsistencies of his line-mates Rick Nash and Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan (12 goals, 34 assists) has points in eight of the team's nine games since the NHL returned to action. In addition to approaching his career-high of points (51) Stepan's next assist will set a new career-high for helpers in a season.
News: Jim Slater is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Jim Slater was banged up during Saturday's game against the Rangers and looks like he could be out for a couple of days. Consider him day-to-day and expect the Jets to update his condition shortly.
News: Thornburn is out indefinitely with a fractured talus, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun. Analysis: For those who don't know, the talus is at the lower part of the ankle joint near the top of the foot. Thornburn will have more tests done and a recovery game plan will be made then. The Jets will likely update his condition soon.
News: Martin St. Louis has 11 career goals and four assists in 19 career games against San Jose. Analysis: More known for dishing out helpers against most teams, it's somewhat surprising to see Martin St. Louis with such a contrast goals-to-assists ratio against the Sharks. Perhaps this is a good sign for the 38-year-old who has just two assists in six games for the Blueshirts since being acquired at the trade deadline.
News: Benoit Pouliot has two assists, six shots on goal and two penalty minutes in his last three games. Analysis: After enduring a five-game pointless drought, the third-line winger found himself lined up on the team's second line with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin in Minnesota. While Benoit Pouliot has been productive at times this season, and is technically nearing career-highs in goals, assists and points, he can only provide value for fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues and even then is a questionable addition.
News: Daniel Paille saw 11:54 worth of ice time in his return to action Saturday against the Hurricanes after missing two games due to a concussion, the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Daniel Paille, who rejoined the Bruins' fourth line Saturday, has a modest total of 16 points in 58 games to date, but his speed and penalty-killing ability remain assets to the Bruins.
News: Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Hurricanes, the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Matt Lindblad, who took Shawn Thornton's place on the Bruins' fourth line Saturday, was sent back to AHL Providence afterward, which paves the way for Thornton to re-enter the B's lineup Monday against the Wild. With just six points in 49 games though, the rugged Thornton's fantasy utility is limited to formats where his (63) PIMs are helpful.