News: Jerred Smithson was recalled from AHL Toronto on Wednesday, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Analysis: Following Trevor Smith's hand injury Tuesday, the Leafs are now without three of their top centers, so they brought Jerred Smithson back up for some depth. Smithson is yet to record a point in 13 games with the NHL club this season.
News: Jannik Hansen scored for the second straight game on Tuesday. He has now picked up a goal in three of his past four games. Analysis: Jannik Hansen is currently skating on the top line with the Sedin twins and it couldn't be going any better. With Alexandre Burrows out with a broken jaw, expect Hansen to continue to produce on the top line in Vancouver. He is definitely worth a look while Burrows is out, at least in deeper formats.
News: Deryk Engelland has been suspended five games for his hit on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on Saturday, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: The elbow-to-head hit earned Deryk Engelland an ejection from Saturday's game, and Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan has determined he deserves to sit five games for his actions. Engelland already served the first game of his suspension Monday, so he'll be eligible to return Dec. 27 against Carolina.
News: David Booth scored for the second straight game on Tuesday. He now has picked up a point in each of his last three games. Analysis: Even though the Canucks would go on to lose Tuesday's game against Minnesota in a shootout, getting another goal from the inconsistent David Booth is a very good sign. In addition to his point streak, Booth has also fired 10 shots on goal and gone plus-3 over his past three games. He currently isn't being used on the power play, but that could change if Booth continues to produce. He is definitely a guy you may want to consider picking up in deeper leagues.
News: Matt Nieto was re-assigned to ECHL San Francisco on Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: The 21-year-old winger hasn't notched a point in his last 11 games, and will now find himself in the ECHL. The increased playing time is likely best for his development, so it's hard to say when Matt Nieto may be back.
News: While only playing 14:36 Joe Thornton had an assist, a plus-2 rating, and no shots in Tuesday's win over St. Louis. Analysis: Joe Thornton has a three-game point streak going, with four points and a plus-4 rating over that stretch. Thornton continues to be an elite threat this season. His 31 assists over 34 games ranks second in the NHL.
News: Jesse Winchester (hand) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Analysis: A hand injury, suffered in Sunday's win over the Canadiens, could sideline Jesse Winchester for up to a month. The 30-year-old has just one point in his last nine games, but his loss will likely be felt along the wing.
News: Tomas Hertl had an assist and was plus-1 during his 13:44 of ice time in a win over St. Louis on Tuesday. Analysis: Tomas Hertl has not regained the torrid scoring pace of early in the year, but he's got a respectable four points over the last seven games.
News: Brent Burns scored on one of his four shots and was a plus-2 in 13:52 of ice time during Tuesday's win over the Blues. Analysis: Brent Burns hadn't scored over the previous eight games and had only a single assist over that stretch. Burns has struggled since his November 21 return from injury. He has just five goals (including a hat trick) and three assists over that 13 game stretch.
News: Jean-Philippe Cote signed a two-year contract with the Lightning on Wednesday. Analysis: The extent of Jean-Philippe Cote's NHL experience came in 2005-06, when he played in eight games with the Canadiens. He's been toiling at AHL Syracuse over the past two seasons, but will finally get another chance at the highest level with Matt Taormina sent down. In 19 games with AHL Syracuse this season, Cote has posted nine points (2G, 7A) and 35 penalty minutes.