News: Calvin Pickard stopped all 17 of the shots he faced for his first NHL win Saturday against Carolina. Analysis: Pikcard didn't start Saturday's game, but was called upon in the first period after starter Reto Berra was pulled. Berra gave up three goals on 10 shots, but Calvin Pickard was able to step in and help the team comeback to defeat the Canes. With the way Berra has struggled this season, there is a chance Pickard could stick with the Avalanche once starter Semyon Varlamov (groin) returns from injury. The 22-year-old youngster is 1-2-0 this season with a respectable .913 save percentage and 2.66 GAA.
News: Mika Zibanejad scored his third goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the visiting Blues. He now has three points in the last four games. Analysis: Mika Zibanejad had doubled his point total from three to six on the season over the last four contests, indicating that perhaps he's ready to turn the corner. At the very least, the recent production should help him ascend Ottawa's depth chart from his current spot on the team's fourth line.
News: Vladimir Tarasenko potted his 12th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Senators. Analysis: Can you guess who grabbed the assists? Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz of course, who together with Vladimir Tarasenko on the "STL" line continue to be one of the hottest trios in hockey. If Tarasenko's gaudy 23 points in 20 games weren't enough for owners, he's now second in the league with a plus-16 rating and his 79 shots are fifth best behind studs Alex Ovechkin, Claude Giroux, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin. Unbelievable.
News: Alex Pietrangelo dished out a pair of helpers in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Senators. He also skated to a plus-2 and fired four shots on goal. Analysis: The points snapped a six-game pointless streak for Alex Pietrangelo, who is the classic example of a player being significantly more valuable on the ice than in fantasy. There's no doubt that the Olympic gold medalist is one of the best defensemen in hockey, but he's clearly been surpassed in fantasy value by fellow Blues rearguard Kevin Shattenkirk, who has seven more points, and is 11 ticks higher in the plus/minus department while spending nearly three minutes less per game on the ice. All that being said, Pietrangelo is still a productive fantasy blueliner who deserves to be owned in all leagues.
News: Robin Lehner turned aside 30 of 33 shots but it wasn't enough as the Sens fell 3-2 to St. Louis on Saturday. Analysis: Robin Lehner wasn't able to grab the win while making his second start in a row for just the second time this season, but the .909 save percentage in the game was an encouraging sign against a talented Blues attack. The young Swede's record now sits at 4-3-1 to go with a 2.84 GAA and .916 save percentage -- both of which are smack dab in line with his career marks of 2.82 and .918 -- and it looks like he's gaining some traction toward taking more starts away from Craig Anderson. Keep an eye on him.
News: Brian Elliott turned aside 22 of 24 shots en route to his eighth win of the season Saturday as the Blues beat the Senators 3-2. Analysis: Brian Elliott got the best of his former team in the matinee, improving his record to 8-4-1 on the season. His numbers (1.90 GAA, .927 save percentage) continue to impress, but until he can create a large enough cushion between he and backup Jake Allen to allow himself to start more than two games in a row, he'll be on the outside of the league's truly elite netminders.
News: Andrei Markov's first-period, power play goal held up as the game winner in Saturday night's 2-0 win over Boston. Analysis: The goal was Andrei Markov's 100th of his career and joins legendary Canadiens Larry Robinson, Serge Savard and Guy LaPointe as defensemen in the 100-goal club.
News: Antti Niemi picked up his sixth loss in seven games Saturday, giving up three goals on 25 shots against the Coyotes. Analysis: While the game was lost in a shootout, it wasn't a great outing for Antti Niemi, who now drops to 7-6-3 on the season. Although Niemi is struggling to win games, he hasn't been horrible, allowing only eight goals over his last four starts. He will continue to be a workhorse in the San Jose crease, but monitor the headlines, as it is possible the 31-year-old might be traded from the slumping Sharks at some point this season.
News: Devan Dubnyk stopped 40 of 43 shots in regulation before denying all three Sharks' shooters in the shootout for his fourth straight win Saturday against San Jose. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk is now 5-0-1 this season with a .926 save percentage and 2.34 GAA. Considering starer Mike Smith has lost five straight games, the team won't hesitate to start Dubnyk, especially considering that the former Oilers has given up only four goals over his last three games. Dubnyk is emerging as one of the best backup goalies this season.
News: Tommy Wingels scored his sixth goal of the season and had five hits in Saturday's shootout loss to Arizona. Analysis: The goal was Tommy Wingels' first in 11 games, as the 26-year-old has been struggling to produce on the team's third line. He remains on the power-play though, where he has scored two of his goals this season. After posting a career-high 16 goals in 2013-14, Wingels should be able to reach the 20-goal mark in 2014-15.