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: David Schlemko was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: The move was likely made with the impending trade deadline in mind, as David Schlemko's removal from the 23-man roster would give the Stars more cap room to work with. Expect Schlemko to pass through waivers unclaimed and report to AHL Texas on Sunday.
News: Rob Zepp was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Since the Flyers aren't able to assign Rob Zepp to AHL Lehigh Valley until he clears waivers Sunday, look for the goalie to stick around in a backup capacity behind Steve Mason for Saturday's game against the Rangers. Once Ray Emery (lower body) is activated from injured reserve -- which could happen within the next few days -- Zepp would more than likely head back to the minors.
News: Brendan Smith (arm) is not taking part in pregame warmups, suggesting he'll be out Saturday against the Predators. Analysis: With Brendan Smith unavailable, fresh AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will step in to join Alexey Marchenko on the Wings' third defensive pairing. Smith should be considered day-to-day ahead of the team's next game Wednesday against the Rangers.
News: Jaromir Jagr will make his Panthers debut Saturday against the Predators, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: During pregame warmups, Jaromir Jagr was spotted skating alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov on what is projected to be the Panthers' second line. Jagr, who accumulated 11 goals and 29 points in 57 games with the Devils this season, also figures to see time on the power play in his debut with his new squad.
News: Ryan Ellis will not be in the lineup Saturday against the Red Wings. Analysis: After missing more than a month and a half with a lower-body injury, Ryan Ellis returned to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, seeing 11:29 of ice time, which was about eight minutes fewer than his season average. It's not clear if he suffered an injury setback during that contest, or if coach Peter Laviolette is simply making him a healthy scratch Saturday. Regardless, Victor Bartley will replace him on the Preds' third pairing, where he'll skate next to Seth Jones.
News: Jeff Petry will indeed be a healthy scratch Saturday, according to the Edmonton Journal. Analysis: The Oilers want to avoid any chance of an injury to Jeff Petry as he is expected to be traded before the deadline Monday.
News: Pekka Rinne will start Saturday's matinee tilt against the Red Wings. Analysis: Pekka Rinne hasn't faced the Red Wings this season, but owns a 12-7-3 record, 2.39 GAA, and .928 save percentage over 22 career appearances against the Preds' former division rivals. The Red Wings will counter in goal with Jonas Gustavsson, who will spell regular starter Jimmy Howard for a game.
News: Roberto Luongo led the Panthers on the ice for pregame warmups and will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Sabres, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Coach Gerard Gallant typically prefers to split back-to-back sets between his two goalies, but with the Panthers fighting tooth and nail with the Bruins for the final wild-card spot, Roberto Luongo could get another nod Sunday against the Lightning, too. Any decision on Sunday's starter will likely depend on how Luongo fares against the Sabres, the league's lowest-scoring team. The Sabres have been more competitive in their recent contests, but the team's lack of playmakers -- especially with Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis out -- should make Luongo the favorite to come away with the victory Saturday.
News: Trevor Smith (lower body) could be ready to play Sunday against the Capitals, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Analysis: Trevor Smith has been practicing with the Maple Leafs for several days, and while he won't warrant lineup consideration for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, the team could turn to him for the second game of its back-to-back set. The 30-year-old has occupied a fourth-line role for the Maple Leafs this season, contributing four points, eight PIM, and 58 hits over 40 games.