News: Brett Bellemore scored his first goal of the season and collected five PIM in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Brett Bellemore now has six points and a plus-3 rating in 33 games on the season. Considering the defenseman averages just 15:32 of ice time and has only recorded 16 shots on goal, Bellmore is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: The Panthers acquired Dany Heatley and a 2015 first-round draft pick from the Ducks on Saturday in exchange for forward Tomas Fleischmann, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Signed to a one-year deal by the Ducks in the offseason, Dany Heatley suffered a groin injury late in training camp that proved to be a persistent issue through the end of December, limiting him to just six games with the big club before he was waived in December. Heatley has been skating with AHL Norfolk ever since, producing only two goals and seven points in 25 games. It's clear that Heatley is running on fumes at this point in his career, so don't expect his new organization to have much interest in bringing him aboard as a wing option for the parent club. Instead, the trade was made by the Panthers mostly for the purpose of acquiring the draft pick, which will help the team offset the pair of picks they surrendered in a trade with the Devils earlier this week for Jaromir Jagr.
News: Tomas Fleischmann was acquired by the Ducks on Saturday in exchange for forward Dany Heatley and a 2015 third-round draft pick, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The Ducks were still in need of some extra depth on the wing with Matt Beleskey (shoulder) still a week to 10 days away from a return to action, and Tomas Fleischmann should help feel that need, while also giving the roster more options down the stretch. Fleischmann had been juggled up and down the Panthers' lineup all season, generating seven goals, 14 assists, and a plus-12 rating over 52 games. Unless he latches on to a top-line role next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Fleischmann's fantasy value isn't likely to notice a substantial rise or fall with the move to Anaheim.
News: Ben Scrivens will be in the cage for Saturday's game against the Blues, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Analysis: Ben Scrivens is firmly entrenched as the Oilers' No. 1 goalie while Viktor Fasth (knee) remains out indefinitely, but he's still very clearly a low-end goalie option, despite wins in four his last seven starts. Playing behind an improving, but still substandard Oilers defense, Scrivens' ratios are susceptible to take big hits on a given night, particularly against top-flight offenses like the Blues'.
News: Nail Yakupov (groin) will return to the Edmonton lineup Saturday against St. Louis, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Analysis: Nail Yakupov missed Tuesday's game against Minnesota with the groin ailment, but appeared to shake off the injury quickly. He returned to full practice Thursday without any issues, so he'll be cleared to slot back in on Edmonton's second line, where he'll join Teddy Purcell and Derek Roy. Yakupov was playing his best hockey of the season prior to the succumbing to the minor injury, producing four goals and five assists over his last eight games. Hopefully, the short absence won't do much to disrupt his rhythm.
News: Kyle Quincey (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Predators, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Kyle Quincey received clearance to resume practicing this week, but has only been able to get on the ice for about a total 45 minutes thus far. The Red Wings will need to see Quincey get in a little more work with the rest of the team before he becomes a candidate to return to the lineup. His next chance to play will come next Wednesday against the Rangers.
News: Brendan Smith is dealing with a sore arm and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt with the Predators, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: The Red Wings will see how Brendan Smith is feeling closer to pregame warmups before determining whether or not he'll be able to play. Xavier Ouellet was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids as insurance on the blue line, so he would enter the lineup in the event Smith is ruled out.
News: Tyler Ennis (lower body) will not play Saturday afternoon against the Panthers. Analysis: Because of the 3:00 p.m. ET start time, the Sabres didn't hold a morning skate, which won't allow the team to get a proper gauge for Tyler Ennis' health heading into the game. Ennis will still be a participant in pregame warmups, but will head to the press box afterward to serve as a scratch for the second straight game. He appears to be firmly in the day-to-day camp with his injury, so there's a decent chance he could be healthy in time for Tuesday's game against the Lightning.
News: Michal Neuvirth will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Panthers. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth enters the crease Saturday looking to build on his first winning streak of the season, as he's captured back-to-back victories over the Blue Jackets and Canucks. Wins haven't come easy for an Sabres goalie the past two seasons, but Neuvirth has at least done a commendable job of keeping the team competitive since assuming the No. 1 gig in the wake of Jhonas Enroth's trade to the Stars. He's posted a .942 save percentage over eight starts in February, and looks like he might be a reasonable fantasy option against a Panthers squad that ranks 25th in goals per game.
News: Aaron Volpatti was placed on waivers Saturday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Analysis: The move clears up a roster space ahead of Monday's trade deadline. Aaron Volpatti is expected to report to AHL Hershey if he goes unclaimed. Having only played in two games after spending most of the season recovering from offseason neck surgery, the British Columbia native has zero points and one shot while averaging 9:37 in ice time this season and remains largely irrelevant in terms of fantasy considerations.