News: The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from AHL Milwaukee, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Marek Mazanec, who got some AHL work in during the NHL All-Star break, returns to the big club to combo with Carter Hutton, with fellow goalie Pekka Rinne still sidelined.
News: Andrew Ebbett was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. Analysis: Andrew Ebbett was reassigned just before the All-Star break to get some extra work in, and has now been recalled along with two other forwards to provide depth with both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby expected to miss the first game of the second half. In his last game with the club Jan. 21, Ebbett managed to add another point to his total, giving him six on the season in 18 games.
News: Dion Phaneuf is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Per the report, Dion Phaneuf sustained his injury prior to the NHL All-Star break, with the week-to-week tag suggesting that the blueliner will miss multiple games, starting with Wednesday's tilt against New Jersey. Another report indicates the injury may be an aggravation of a prior hand issue that was again bothered in last Wednesday's game against the Senators.
News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Ellis from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Ellis, who has recorded 13 points in 38 games AHL games to date, adds experience and depth up front, but he's off the fantasy radar in his depth role with the Sabres.
News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Hackett from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Hackett will combo with Jhonas Enroth for the Sabres in the coming days, with fellow goaltender Michal Neuvirth currently sidelined by a lower-body injury.
News: Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury, the Sabres' official site reports. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth suffered his injury "while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time," GM Tim Murray relayed Monday. "He will not join the team for our trip out west this week," Murray added. With Neuvirth ailing, the Sabres have recalled fellow goalie Matt Hackett.
News: Kyle Okposo will miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Coach Jack Capuano delivered the news Monday, and Kyle Okposo's loss represents a major hit to the Isles' offense. The winger has recorded 14 goals and 44 points through 46 games to date, while working on the team's top line.
News: The Sharks signed Nikita Jevpalovs to an entry-level deal on Monday. Analysis: Nikita Jevpalovs is having a great year in junior, playing for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL. He has 38 goals and 71 points in 45 games for the Armada.
News: The Sabres have suspended Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Nikita Zadorov, who has eight points in 34 games to date, shouldn't be out of commission too long, though. GM Tim Murray indicated that he expects the blueliner (who missed Monday's practice) to rejoin the team "at some point during this week's western road trip."
News: John Tavares scored four goals in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Sunday. Analysis: While it was Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen (two goals, two assists) who was named the All-Star MVP, John Tavares was easily the most dominant player out there. While the goals won't count in fantasy, it was just another fantastic outing for Tavares, who entered the break red-hot, recording six points in his last three games. With 21 goals and 45 points in 46 games, Tavares needs to be in your lineup when he returns to NHL action Tuesday vs. the Rangers. One thing to note, however, is that his talented linemate Kyle Okposo will miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury. While the loss will hurt the Isles, Tavares should keep producing at close to a point-per-game pace. His production might drop a tad, but we wouldn't worry, as he can make things happen all on his own.