News: Josh Gorges underwent surgery on his fractured left hand Monday and is expected to miss four weeks. Analysis: Josh Gorges' projected timetable would seem to run up with the end of the regular season, effectively making him an afterthought in any annual fantasy league. The Canadiens should have him back at close to full health by the time the playoffs commence, however, returning the team its most proficient shot blocker to protect goalie Carey Price.
News: Jeff Zatkoff was the first goalie off the ice at Monday's optional skate and is expected to receive the start against the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The Penguins again appear poised to split up a back-to-back between Jeff Zatkoff and No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, as they did Thursday and Friday. Zatkoff made 42 saves in Thursday's start against the Sharks, but was beaten for four goals in the 5-3 defeat.
News: Mike Smith will be in the net Monday vs. the Lightning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Mike Smith's season ratios remain uninspiring, but fantasy owners should be encouraged by his excellence in his recent starts. He's surrendered two or fewer goals in seven of his last nine starts, including shutouts of the Blackhawks and Canucks. He might not be a bad option for daily leagues since he'll be facing off against a Lightning squad that has lost four games in a row.
News: Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is set to make his first start with Dallas in Monday's game vs. the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen came away with a head injury in Saturday's win over the Wild and could conceivably miss the next few games, leaving Tim Thomas to enjoy an unexpected run as the Stars' No. 1 starter. Working in relief of Lehtonen on Saturday, Thomas certainly did his part to propel the Stars to victory, stopping all six shots he faced as the team dispatched the Wild.
News: Nathan Gerbe scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Devils. Analysis: Nathan Gerbe hasn't been shy about shooting the puck since the Olympic break (24 attempts in seven games), but it wasn't until Saturday that he finally broke through for a goal. The tally snapped a nine-game goalless skid for the forward.
News: Damien Brunner scored one of the Devils' five goals in their win over the Hurricanes on Saturday. Analysis: The forward missed the Devils' first two games this month with a charley horse, but he's returned with points in two of his three games since. He's not bad roster filler at forward in deeper leagues while the Devils continue to thrive offensively of late.
News: Steve Mason will be in goal Tuesday vs. the Devils, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Steve Mason's ratios aren't especially impressive of late, but the Flyers' surging offense has provided him with wins in six of his last eight starts. With backup Ray Emery still slowed by a groin injury, coach Craig Berube will stick with Mason for better or worse.
News: Clarke MacArthur (hand) is expected back in the lineup Saturday vs. the Canadiens, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: With word surfacing that Clarke MacArthur would not need surgery to repair the injured tendon in his hand, it appears the forward will simply rest for the next week with the hope of improvement. Fortunately for the Senators, they'll only have one game on the schedule before Saturday's tilt with Montreal, allowing MacArthur to avoid a long-term absence if he recovers as anticipated.
News: Andrej Meszaros recorded a goal in his debut with the Bruins in Sunday's win over the Panthers. Analysis: Andrej Meszaros recorded a team-high six shots Sunday, while seeing 20:36 worth of ice time. His presence in the lineup led to Dougie Hamilton being scratched, but coach Claude Julien hinted that the B's blue line configuration going forward may be a game-to-game call, with eight healthy options currently available.
News: Marek Zidlicky contributed two more assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes. Analysis: With two goals and four assists over the last five games, Marek Zidlicky may be the team's hottest skater at this moment aside from center Adam Henrique. Unfortunately, with goalies Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur playing poorly in their last few turns, Zidlicky's plus/minus rating has taken a hit. In spite of all his scoring, Zidlicky is a minus-4 in his last five games.