News: Patrik Berglund scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday in a loss San Jose. He was plus-1 with two shots and two hits on the night. Analysis: Patrik Berglund's offensive output has been disappointing this year with just 11 points in 32 games, although he has never been a big scorer. Regardless trade rumours surround the veteran Swede and how he responds could provide a boost to his owners.
News: Steve Ott scored his first goal of the season Saturday in a loss to San Jose on his only shot of the game. He added seven hits in 13:46 of ice time in the game. Analysis: Steve Ott is a veteran role player and penalty killer at this stage in his career, so offensive contributions aren't what the Blues are expecting from him. Fantasy owners should look at him the same way.
News: Keith Yandle picked up an assist Saturday in a loss to the Kings. He took one shot, registered two PIM, and blocked two shots on the night. Analysis: Keith Yandle's 21 points rank him 11th among defensemen as he once again shows he is among the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. He has picked up five points in his last eight games.
News: Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Jannik Hansen (undisclosed) should be able to play Monday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench in the second period of Sunday's game. He and spent the night in the hospital and didn't skate Sunday morning, both for precautionary reasons. However, it appears as though the reasoning behind the collapse was minor, and he should be fine moving forward.
News: Mike Brown has a broken right fibula and will miss six-to-eight weeks from the time of the fracture on Dec. 9, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Mike Brown was placed on injured reserve the day after the injury, indicating it was severe. Now that the injury has been revealed as a broken fibula, the timetable has been set at six-to-eight weeks, scheduling his return for late January or early February
News: Brad Richards will not be in the lineup on Sunday night against Toronto with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day, CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: There is no word when Brad Richards suffered the injury as it was not apparent in Saturday night's loss to Columbus. Richards has six goals and 12 assists in 32 games and is behind last season's totals of 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games with the Rangers.
News: Tyler Myers (lower body) will miss Sunday's game against the Bruins, Mike Harrington of Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Tyler Myers was initially listed as questionable due to the lower body injury, but apparently isn't healthy enough to go. The newly-recalled Tim Schaller will likely draw into the lineup in his place.
News: Antti Raanta will start for the Blackhawks against the Maple Leafs on Sunday night in a back-to-back scenario, the CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: With starting goalie Corey Crawford returning last night from a foot injury, it was expected that Antti Raanta would get the start. Raanta could continue to get one of the back-to-back scenario as the season goes along; but when Crawford was healthy, Hawks' head coach Joel Quenneville was going Crawford even in the back-to-back scenarios. Raanta has a 5-2 mark with a 2.01 goals against average (GAA) and a .938 save percentage this season.
News: Wings' general manager Ken Holland indicated that Jimmy Howard is day-to-day with a groin issue and hasn't been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Sabres, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard will not play Sunday, with Pete Mrazek receiving the start in net. Monday's practice could reveal more about his availability for Tuesday's contest against the Sabres. However, the Wings don't play again until Saturday so it's possible the team gives him the extra rest over the holiday break.
News: Cam Talbot will start between the pipes against the Hurricanes on Sunday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: Fresh off his one-year contract extension Friday, Cam Talbot will receive the chance to prove his worth Sunday against the Hurricanes. He carries a 2.34 GAA and .921 save percentage into the matchup.