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: Cody Eakin chipped in two assists in Saturday's victory over the Sharks. Analysis: Cody Eakin has fit in quite well while playing on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for the last three games, producing two goals and three assists. Given the immense talents of the two players flanking him, there's reason to think Eakin can continue producing at a decent rate while he remains on the top line. Those in search of forward help would be wise to take a flier on Eakin in the event coach Lindy Ruff decides to keep him with the top trio for the balance of the season.
News: Jason Demers netted the game-winning power-play goal in his Stars debut Saturday. Analysis: The goal was the first of the season for Jason Demers, who had been held to only three assists over 20 games with the Sharks before he was traded Friday. It would seem the Stars are earmarking him for a greater role than he enjoyed with his previous team, as he saw 25:32 of ice time Saturday, including 2:43 on the man advantage. His fantasy value appears to be on the upswing with the move to Dallas.
News: Tyler Seguin produced a goal and assist to finish with a plus-3 rating over 18:33 of ice time in Saturday's victory over the Kings. Analysis: The goal allowed Tyler Seguin to remain one tally ahead of the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead with 15, while the two points brought him within three of the Flyers' Jakub Voracek for the league's top mark in that category. The 22-year-old is doing a phenomenal job of replicating his star-making 2013-14 campaign.
News: Kari Lehtonen was bombarded for 41 shots on goal Saturday against the Kings, but stopped 37 of them to escape with the victory. Analysis: Staked to a 4-0 lead early in the second period, Kari Lehtonen nearly gave it all away before shutting out the Kings over final 9:16. Though Lehtonen was able to bring his record to three games over .500 with the victory, the Stars seem to be winning in spite of him than because of him. The netminder ranks 33rd among qualifying goalies in GAA (2.98) and 31st in save percentage (.906).
News: Matt Tennyson has been recalled from AHL Worcester, Kevin Kurz of CSN reports. Analysis: Matt Tennyson was with the team at the beginning of this season but he has not made an appearance with the Sharks since the 2012-13 season. In the AHL this season, the 24-year-old defenseman has three goals and three assists in 17 games played.
News: Aaron Ekblad dished out an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators. Analysis: The assist gives the 18-year-old rookie 11 points on the season, which leads all rookie defencemen in scoring. He continues to play over 20 minutes a night on the first defence pairing and averaging 2:51 on the power play.
News: Wayne Simmonds scored his first game-winner of the season in Saturday's 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Wayne Simmonds' second-period tally came via the power-play, where five of his eight goals have come this season. His scoring pace has slowed considerably since he busted out with seven points in his first four games to start the season, but he still produces points with enough frequency to warrant a roster spot in any format.
News: Braydon Coburn registered a goal and assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: The points were the first of the season for Braydon Coburn, who has only appeared in seven contests due to a previous bout with a long-term foot injury. Coburn isn't much of an offensive threat, but his typically dependable play in his own zone will usually allow him to see above 20 minutes of ice time on a given night.
News: Steve Mason claimed his fourth win of the season Saturday, holding the Blue Jackets to two goals on 22 shot attempts. Analysis: Steve Mason referred to the outing as the Flyers' best all-around effort of the season, as the team never trailed at any point and delivered sound play at both ends of the ice. The 22 shots represented the fewest amount that Mason had faced in his 11 full games this season.