News: The Sabres recalled Jerry D'Amigo from AHL Rochester on Tuesday, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Jerry D'Amigo, who has recorded 26 points in 59 AHL games this season, bolsters the Sabres' depth up front, along with fellow recalls Tim Schaller and Mikhail Grigorenko in the wake of the team having dealt the forward trio of Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn on Monday. D'Amigo is expected to be used in a scoring role, and although he's not particularly big, is very strong for his 5-foot-11 frame. In 22 career NHL games, D'Amigo has a goal and three points. His fantasy value is very limited on a weak Buffalo squad.
News: The Sabres recalled Tim Schaller from AHL Rochester on Tuesday, the team's official site reports. Analysis: With forwards Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn dealt by the Sabres at the NHL trade deadline, the team restocked up front Tuesday by recalling Tim Schaller, Mikhail Grigorenko and Jerry D'Amigo. Schaller has recorded just one goal in six games with the big club to date, so a wait-and-see approach is in order from a fantasy perspective until his role with the rebuilding Sabres is established. However, Schaller looked very comfortable in his last stint with the Sabres. The former Player of the Year for Providence College can score a few goals but is known more for his two-way play, something that doesn't really get translate to fantasy.
News: The Sabres recalled Mikhail Grigorenko from AHL Rochester on Tuesday, the team's official site reports. Analysis: With forwards Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn having been dealt by the team at the NHL trade deadline, the Sabres have recalled the trio of Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller and Jerry D'Amigo. Grigorenko has recorded just two points in 12 games with the big club to date this season, but if the ice time is there for him down the stretch, the 20-year-old could carve out some deep league fantasy utility. The Sabres are without top center Zemgus Girgensons and had been using Mitchell in that spot, but now that both are unavailable Grigorenko will likely be anointed as a top-2 center. His has tremendous upside given his talent but the Sabres are a weak squad and won't score very often.
News: Coach Todd Richards has confirmed that Sergei Bobrovsky will start Tuesday's game against the Caps, the Blue Jackets' official site reports. Analysis: Prior to sustaining a groin injury on Jan. 21, Sergei Bobrovsky -- the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner -- had compiled a 16-15-2 record, to go along with 2.85 GAA, and .913 save percentage. He returns to the Blue Jackets' lineup, with the team currently in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with 56 points and in the midst of a six-game slide.
News: Damon Severson (ankle) is slated to play Tuesday against the Preds, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: With Damon Severson in line to be activated from IR in advance of Tuesday's contest, GM Lou Lamoriello indicated that New Jersey will roll with seven blueliners on Tuesday, with forwards Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat on track to be lineup scratches.
News: Christian Ehrhoff, who was scratched from the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jackets, practiced again Tuesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: With back-to-back practices under his belt, Christian Ehrhoff appears ready for action as the Penguins' four-game road trip (which begins Wednesday against the Avs) approaches.
News: Patrick Marleau scored his 15th goal of the season -- and fourth in five games -- in Monday's 4-0 shutout victory over the visiting Canadiens. Analysis: Patrick Marleau has a nice little three-game goal streak on the go, inching himself closer to the 20-goal plateau for what would be the 13th time in his career. His overall numbers this year are still a disappointment -- 15 goals, 46 points, a minus-16 rating and 188 SOG after posting 33 goals, 70 points, an even rating and 285 SOG last season -- but there's still plenty of value to be had here. Keep him active and cross your fingers that he stays motivated as the Sharks will need a total team effort if they hope to make the playoffs for the 11th straight season.
News: Joe Pavelski put up a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-0 shutout over the visiting Canadiens. Analysis: Little Joe just continues to roll, having recorded 59 points in 64 games this season. More impressively, since Jan. 13, he hasn't gone pointless in consecutive games, piling up 22 points -- split evenly between goals and assists -- in 21 games. Joe Pavelski is right in line with last year's 41-goal, 79-point breakout, and will need to continue to score with regularity for the Sharks to have any hope of extending their playoff streak to 11 straight seasons.
News: Ben Smith wasted no time making an impact with his new team Monday, potting a goal -- the game winner -- and chipping in an assist in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Analysis: Just hours after being traded to the Sharks from Chicago, Ben Smith opened the scoring 6:51 into the first period. He spent the majority of the game centering the third line between Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels which -- at least in theory -- could be a productive combo for Smith with the skill of Hertl and toughness of Wingels. Smith also went 7-for-10 in the faceoff dot, so overall it was an impressive debut for the 26-year-old.
News: Alex Stalock was perfect Monday, stopping all 20 shots in a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Canadiens. Analysis: The Sharks' backup has made just 14 starts this season, posting a 6-7-1 record with two shutouts. He's been rather dismal with a 2.66 GAA and .904 save percentage -- which actually are in the same ballpark as starter Antti Niemi's 2.62 and .912 marks. However, even though the Sharks were rumored to be trying to deal Niemi before Monday's trade deadline, the fact remains that Niemi has made 48 starts this season and has a Stanley Cup under his belt, so he's more than likely going to get the bulk of the starts the rest of the way in San Jose. With that in mind, Alex Stalock makes for one of the least attractive backup 'tenders in the league -- at least for now.