News: Clayton Stoner scored the game winner in the third period of Sunday night's clash in Dallas. Analysis: Not normally known for his goal-scoring prowess, the defenseman was able to score his first goal in nearly a full calendar year. Seeing as how his career total is now at five goals and 33 assists, don't expect the 30-year old to suddenly become fantasy viable.
News: Corey Perry tallied a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over the Stars. Analysis: The points give Corey Perry 45 points on the season. Despite missing 15 of his team's 64 games this season, Perry is only second to linemate Ryan Getzlaf in team scoring.
News: Ryan Getzlaf tied Paul Kariya for second on the Ducks' all-time scoring list with a goal and an assist Sunday in Dallas. Analysis: This gives Ryan Getzlaf 669 points in 693 career games for the Ducks. He now has 61 points in 61 games this season, good enough for eighth place in NHL scoring.
News: John Gibson stopped 39-of-40 shots faced Sunday night in Dallas. Analysis: This was John Gibson's fifth win in his last six starts, as it appears that both him and his team have worked their way out of a slump. However, it appears that Gibson will be relegated to backup duties very soon with regular starter Frederik Andersen fully recovered from a head/neck injury. Keep a close eye on Gibson's status for upcoming games.
News: Victor Rask recorded a power-play assist and skated a season-high 21:27 during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Islanders. Analysis: Since sitting out two games as a healthy scratch, Victor Rask has seen an uptick in his ice time, averaging 17:29 over the past five games, including roughly three minutes on the power play. Rask and his linemates Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil were effectively the Canes' second line against the Islanders, bumping Jeff Skinner, Riley Nash and Elias Lindholm down to third-line status. Assuming this trend continues, it represents an opportunity for Rask to play a larger role in the Canes' lineup, so fantasy owners should be prepared to take advantage accordingly.
News: Tyler Ennis (lower body) was a participant in Monday's practice. Analysis: Tyler Ennis skated on a regular line with Chris Stewart and Nick Foligno, a sign that the Sabres expect to have the forward available for Tuesday's game against the Lightning. The lower-body injury has kept Ennis out for the last two games, but the Sabres never considered it to be anything serious.
News: Rob Scuderi (foot) returned to action Sunday against the Blue Jackets, logging 18:26 of ice time. Analysis: Rob Scuderi hurt his foot in the Penguins' previous game against the Capitals last Wednesday, but the team's three-day break in the schedule before Sunday's game afforded him enough recovery time. Christian Ehrhoff sat out Sunday to accommodate Scuderi's placement in the lineup.
News: Tyson Strachan (illness) participated in Monday's practice. Analysis: Tyson Strachan has missed the last four games with an infection, but his presence on the ice at practice suggests he might be a lineup option for Tuesday's game against the Lightning. Expect coach Ted Nolan to clarify Strachan's status after the Sabres conduct their morning skate Tuesday.
News: Riley Nash skated just 11:24 Saturday against the Islanders, the lowest amount of ice time he's seen all season. He finished the game with zero points, a minus-1 rating and just a single shot on goal. Analysis: Riley Nash continues to skate with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, however based solely on ice time, the trio has effectively been bumped down to third-line status. Nash was seeing as much as 18-19 minutes earlier in the season, including 2-3 minutes on the power play, however those days appear to be long gone. With just five points in his last 20 games, including a three-game stint as a healthy scratch, Nash does not make for an attractive fantasy play outside of very deep leagues.
News: Anthony Stolarz was reassigned to AHL Lehigh Valley on Monday. Analysis: Anthony Stolarz being sent back to the minors likely signifies the return of Ray Emery as the backup netminder behind Steve Mason. The 21-year-old hasn't started a game in the NHL this season, but has posted a 3.11 GAA and .908 save percentage over 26 games at Lehigh Valley this season, and will return there to receive more consistent time in net.