News: Head coach Paul Maurice has stressed that the Winnipeg Jets' goalie rotation will continue after the NHL's three day holiday break, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec will continue to split starts with Michael Hutchinson for the time being. However, Pavelec has struggled as of late, losing three of his last four games while giving up at least three goals in each of those losses. Meanwhile, Hutchinson has gone 8-2-2 this season while posting a league-leading 1.67 GAA as well as a league-leading .944 save percentage. If Pavelec continues to struggle, and Hutchinson continues to dominate, Pavelec may find himself on Winnipeg's bench more often than he finds himself starting in net moving forward.
News: Head coach Paul Maurice has made it clear that the Winnipeg Jets' goalie rotation will continue after the NHL's three day holiday break, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Michael Hutchinson's fantasy owners don't have to worry about Ondrej Pavelec getting the majority of starts in net for the Jets moving forward, as head coach Paul Maurice has clearly indicated that Hutchinson and Pavelec have both performed well enough this season to warrant an even split in playing time. In fact, Maurice may ultimately be forced to give Hutchinson the majority of starts in net in the second half of the season, as he bests Pavelec in both major goaltending statistical categories. Hutchinson boasts a 1.67 GAA and a .944 save percentage, while Pavelec has posted slightly less impressive figures, with a 2.34 GAA and a .913 save percentage. If Pavelec struggles in a few key games down the stretch, Hutchinson may suddenly find himself as the primary goaltender for the Jets. Hutchinson has been phenomenal this season, and fantasy owners lucky enough to own him can plug him into their lineups with confidence each and every time he starts.
News: Martin Havlat's test results for the mumps have come back negative, but he will be unavailable for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Martin Havlat is still dealing with a virus that will keep him out of Saturday's game at a minimum, making his next eligible return date Monday against the Penguins. The Devils will go into Saturday with a maximum of 12 healthy forwards, though it's possible the team will add someone before the game.
News: Patrik Elias (illness) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: Patrik Elias was confirmed to have a case of the mumps when his test results came back Friday, and the Devils decided to move him to injured reserve as a result. He last played in a game well over a week ago anyway, meaning the move will just temporarily open a roster spot and he should be able to return when he's ready. The winger has already been ruled out for Saturday's contest, so his next possibility to return will be Monday against the Penguins.
News: Brendan Woods was called up by the Hurricanes on Friday. Analysis: Brendan Woods was sent down to AHL Charlotte for the duration of the NHL's holiday break. Woods has accumulated 13 points and 64 PIM through 29 games this season with AHL Charlotte.
News: The Blues recalled Petteri Lindbohm from AHL Chicago on Friday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Carl Gunnarsson still dealing with symptoms of a concussion, Petteri Lindbohm has been called up to serve as a seventh defenseman for the Blues while Gunnarsson recovers. Lindbohm has one assist and six PIM through eight games with St. Louis this season.
News: Micheal Haley was recalled by the Sharks on Friday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: With John Scott (suspension) and Mike Brown (leg) both out of the lineup, Micheal Haley has been called up to provide some much needed depth at right wing. Haley has tallied 13 points and 60 PIM through 27 games with AHL Worcester this season.
News: Corey Potter was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: Corey Potter was sent back to the AHL Tuesday, but was recalled again Friday, likely indicating Ladislav Smid isn't ready to return. It also could could signify that one of the six blueliners on the active roster is dealing with an injury or illness. Regardless, Potter will take his spot back with the Flames, though it probably won't be for an extended period of time.
News: Alex Biega was reassigned to AHL Utica on Monday. Analysis: Alex Biega was recalled Dec. 16 but hasn't played a game with the Canucks since being recalled. he will head back to AHL Utica, where he has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 25 games this season.
News: Brandon Sutter has tested negative for the mumps virus, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Brandon Sutter missed two games earlier this week with an illness, but it turns out he is not dealing with the mumps virus that is bothering a couple of his teammates. Sutter will likely be available for Pittsburgh's next game Saturday, but an official call on his status may not come until after the team's morning skate.