News: Derek Stepan added two assists in Sunday's win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Derek Stepan has been incredible for the Rangers over his last five games, compiling a goal and seven assists during that span. He's also been a plus-3 during the scoring surge and should continue to thrive with the addition of Martin St. Louis to the Rangers' power play.
News: Brooks Laich (groin) wasn't present during morning skate but still seems likely to play Monday vs. the Penguins, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: The Capitals had the injured Aaron Volpatti skate in Brooks Laich's stead on the first line during the morning session, suggesting he was merely a placeholder while the team looks to allow the forward to recover from his groin ailment. After sitting out Thursday's game against the Bruins, Laich returned to the ice Saturday vs. the Coyotes, contributing a goal and four hits in the victory.
News: Dustin Brown, who had an assist Sunday, now has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last six games. Analysis: Dustin Brown was ice cold prior to the Olympic break but has turned his play around since then.
News: Brian Elliott will start in goal Sunday against the Wild, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller will get a breather in the second half a back-to-back set, after he extended his record with St. Louis to 4-0 with a win over the Avalanche on Saturday. Brian Elliott was hit just above the mouth by a puck during the third period of Saturday's game and was forced to leave the bench, but he clearly didn't suffer any sort of serious injury.
News: Mathieu Perreault (upper body) won't play Monday against the Maple Leafs, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The report adds that Mathieu Perreault -- who is currently on the Ducks' IR list -- appears to be dealing with a sprained thumb or wrist. In 52 games with the team to date, Perreault has recorded 12 goals and 30 points.
News: Luca Sbisa (knee) won't play Monday against the Maple Leafs, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Luca Sbisa is dealing with a left knee injury that he sustained Friday against the Penguins. With two assists in 17 games to date to go along with a minus-7 rating, Sbisa's fantasy impact thus far has been limited to the 35 PIM he has recorded in that span.
News: Sam Gagner scored a goal and added a helper against the Kings on Sunday. Analysis: Sam Gagner was involved in trade rumors, but they never came to fruition. However, that's not been a problem recently, as he has six points in his last four games. Still, on the season, he's having a bad year, as he only has seven goals, 30 points, and is a minus-20.
News: Jeff Carter scored two goals, including a power-play tally and the game-winner, and had an assist against the Oilers on Sunday. He was also a plus-2, had 10 PIM, and five shots on goal. Analysis: Jeff Carter only has 36 PIM on the season, so this was a fluke. However, he does have 24 goals in 55 games, and he is 14th in the NHL in shots on goal.
News: Ben Scrivens made 46 saves on 50 shots in a loss to the Kings on Sunday. Analysis: Ben Scrivens may only have 12 wins on the season, but he's definitely brought stability to the net in Edmonton. He still has the league's best save percentage at .934.
News: Jonathan Quick made 25 saves on 27 shots in a win over the Oilers on Sunday. Analysis: Jonathan Quick seems to have rounded into form. He's picked up five wins in a row, and this is the most goals he's let up in those contests. Thanks to his stout defense, and his own play, he is second in the league with a 2.02 GAA.