News: Andrei Loktionov will face his former team Saturday when the Hurricanes visit the Devils. Analysis: Same colors, different team. This will be Andrei Loktionov's second game with Carolina after coming over earlier this week in exchange for Tuomo Ruutu and a conditional third-round pick. The Russian spent most of his time centering the third line between Pat Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe in his first game with the Canes on Friday, but the real story was the 4:04 of man advantage time he received. For a guy who normally averages 0:33 per game on the PP, he could be thrust into fantasy relevance if the power-play time keeps up. We wouldn`t count on it, however, since the Canes are dealing with an 0-for-25 slump on the man advantage and this was likely an experiment by coach Kirk Muller to jumpstart his offense. Look for him to be motivated Saturday against his ex-teammates.
News: Al Montoya stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of Ondrej Pavelec in Saturday's loss to the Senators. Analysis: The Jets were already down by a 5-2 count when Al Montoya entered the game midway through the second period, virtually eliminating his chances of notching a comeback victory. The poor outing by Pavelec probably won't knock him off the No. 1 goalie pedestal in Winnipeg, but it could earn Montoya the starting nod in the team's next game Monday vs. the Avalanche.
News: Dustin Byfuglien registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Senators. Analysis: The two points snapped a three-game pointless skid for Dustin Byfuglien, who now has 14 goals and 32 assists over 65 games this season. Byfuglien's time on ice has fallen considerably since he moved to forward, but given that he's likely still eligible at defenseman in most formats, his point production remains more than acceptable for his owners.
News: Ondrej Pavelec let in five goals on 20 shot attempts in Saturday's loss to the Senators before he was pulled midway through the second period. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec's improvement over the last month was a major reason behind the team's reemergence as a playoff contender following the firing of coach Claude Noel, but he seems to have fallen back into bad habits of late. He's given up at least three goals in three straight outings, all losses.
News: Nathan MacKinnon was finally held off the scoresheet Saturday as the Blues downed the Avalanche at home, 2-1. Analysis: And so ends the great 13-game point streak for the 18-year-old rookie. By failing to reach 14 games, he fell one game short of Patrick Kane and Ryan Getzlaf`s 2013-2014 co-record. It didn`t help that his linemate Paul Stastny left the game after just one shift with a back injury, but the fact remains that only Phil Kessel has more points since the calendar turned to 2014 than Nathan MacKinnon`s 27. For that he is a virtual lock to win the Calder Trophy, and we have no doubt he will be back in the scoring column soon enough.
News: Ales Hemsky assisted on four of the Senators' five goals in Saturday's win over the Jets. Analysis: Playing in just his second game with the Senators, it didn't take long for Ales Hemsky to settle in and play productively on the wing. His performance marked the first four-assist game by an Ottawa player since Daniel Alfredsson turned the trick in March of 2010.
News: Craig Anderson made 46 saves in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Jets. Analysis: He fell just one save shy of tying his own franchise-record for most saves in a regular season victory. As one of the NHL's poorer teams in terms of puck possession, Craig Anderson will likely be battered with shots on most nights. While this increases his value in leagues that reward save totals, it's somewhat of a double-edged sword in the sense that he'll surrender a fair share of goals as well.
News: Semyon Varlamov stopped 23-of-25 shots Saturday but was outdueled by Ryan Miller as the Blues handed the Avalanche a 2-1 loss, their first in five games. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov kept up his stellar play in front of a sold-out Pepsi Center but the Avs were limited to just a single goal against newly-minted Blues netminder, Ryan Miller. This matchup between Central Division rivals had an emotional playoff-type feel to it, which is a good sign for Varly who had given up a combined five goals on 40 shots in two games against St. Louis prior to Saturday. With three games in the next six days all against Western Conference opponents, it's possible that Varlamov will get all three starting nods. Keep him in your crease.
News: Patrik Berglund scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Avalanche. Analysis: The forward has come out of the Olympic break with a vengeance for the Blues, as he's provided four goals in his last five contests. The Blues' crowded forward ranks typically limits Patrik Berglund's minutes, but he's been a productive depth player with 12 goals and 16 assists over 60 games.
News: Ryan Miller turned away 26 of 27 shots in Saturday's win over the Avalanche. Analysis: The 33-year-old has been everything the Blues could have expected and more in his first four starts with the team, all of which have been victories. He's surrendered two or fewer goals in each outing and should continue to rack up the wins for his new team.