News: Jason Garrison extended his point streak to four games on Sunday, assisting on a Mike Santorelli goal in a win over Colorado. Analysis: Jason Garrison now has a whopping 10 points over his past eight games. There may not be a hotter defenseman in the league right now. He has also put 12 shots on goal over his past three games and has been seeing over 22 minutes of ice time per game. You know what to do.
News: Dan Hamhuis fired three shots on goal Sunday against Colorado, but was held without a point for the eighth time in nine games. Analysis: After putting up 24 points in a shortened campaign last season, Dan Hamhuis has only collected eights points in 31 games this season. He is still averaging 22:56 of ice time per game, but has transitioned back into more of a defensive role with the team. Hamhuis has struggled overall this season though and is on pace to post his worst plus-minus rating in three years.
News: Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal and was a plus-3 in a win over the Avalanche on Sunday. Analysis: Kesler has been red hot as of late and now has five goals over his past four games. He now has 15 goals and 23 points in 32 games on the year. This is the Ryan Kesler fantasy hockey owners wanted to see this season. Keep rolling him.
News: Chris Higgins picked up a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in a win over Colorado on Sunday. Analysis: He now has points in consecutive games and is proving to be a very consistent fantasy option. Chris Higgins now has eight goals and 15 points in 31 games this season. He will continue to put up points playing on the second line with Ryan Kesler. He isn't spectacular, but at least you know what you are getting with him.
News: Jan Hejda (knee) could return Saturday against Minnesota or next Monday against Dallas, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Jan Hejda hopes to resume skating this week, which would presumably give him a shot to suit up over the weekend. He owns an impressive plus-17 rating through 26 games, and is targeting a return at the beginning of his 10-to-14 day timetable.
News: Brooks Orpik (head) has been placed on injured reserve, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. Analysis: Brooks Orpik appeared to suffer a concussion during Saturday's game, as he took a vicious punch to the head from Boston's Shawn Thornton. Orpik won't be eligible to return until next Monday, and there's no guarantee that he will be ready by that date. While he only has seven points in 31 appearances, Orpik is one of Pittsburgh's better defenders, so his absence could cause some problems.
News: Reilly Smith notched an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over Toronto. Analysis: With Loui Eriksson concussed, Reilly Smith is now skating on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, which gives the surprisingly productive right winger -- who has three points in his last two games -- some added upside while that scenario exists.
News: Carl Soderberg recorded a power play goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over Toronto. Analysis: Carl Soderberg, who saw 10:56 worth of ice time (including 1:48 on the power play), snapped a five-game scoreless streak Sunday and now has four goals and 14 points in 24 games overall.
News: Tye McGinn was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Monday, the Flyers' official site reports. Analysis: Tye McGinn will join the Flyers for the third time this season, replacing an injured Vincent Lecavalier (IR-back) on the roster. McGinn has three goals in six NHL appearances, with another five goals in 18 games for AHL Adirondack.
News: Vincent Lecavalier (back) has been placed on injured reserve, the Flyers' official site reports. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier hasn't played since Nov. 30 and is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks. Previously thought to be dealing with back spasms, he was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back Sunday.