News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Claude Giroux racked up a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Claude Giroux now has 23 goals and 44 assists in 66 games, putting him on pace for an 82-point season. He is an absolute stud, tallying 23 points in his last 16 games. Keep rolling the 26-year-old superstar with confidence.
News: Tyler Myers (elbow), who has already been ruled out for Saturday, is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Canadiens, the Sabres' official website reports. Analysis: The injury wasn't initially thought to be serious, but now it sounds like Tyler Myers will miss two games and possibly more. His expected absence prompted the Sabres to recall fellow blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen on Saturday.
News: Steve Mason made 25 saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season in Saturday's win over the Penguins. Analysis: Steve Mason, who had given up four goals in four of his last six starts, helped give the Flyers a big win over an injury-riddled Penguins team on Saturday. Mason has started 12 of the Flyers' past 13 games, posting an 8-3-1 record in that span. His individual stats have been lacking as of late, but a 25-save shutout performance is a good sign of possible things to come. He is up to 27 wins on the season, and could be back in the crease tomorrow for the second half of a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh.
News: Jason Zucker (lower body) has started skating on his own, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: There's no timetable for his return, but at least he's starting to make progress. He's been out since Feb. 6 with the injury.
News: Matt Read scored a short-handed goal and added an even-strength marker in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: This was Matt Read's fourth two-goal game this season, giving him 18 goals and 33 points in 59 games on the year. Read now has seven points in his last seven games, helping the Flyers go 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. He plays on the third line in Philadelphia, but is still a lock for 20 goals every season. Read has now scored three short-handed goals this season, which is tied for fourth in the NHL. The 27-year-old has been showing great chemistry with Sean Couturier, who assisted on both of Read's tallies on Saturday.
News: Cam Ward gave up five goals on 41 shots Saturday as the Canes lost 5-1 to the Bruins. Analysis: Cam Ward's 36 saves were nice, but five goals against, especially against a potent opponent like the Bruins, simply won't cut it. This poor showing is likely to reignite the goalie debate in Raleigh, with Anton Khudobin itching for his first start in five games. Despite having 222 career wins, the 2006 Stanley Cup winner has only 17 in the last two seasons combined after battling both injuries and inconsistency. Ward is now a dismal 8-11-5 on the year and has been one of the most disappointing fantasy netminders of the season.