News: Head coach Paul Maurice has stressed that the Jets' goalie rotation between Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson will continue after the NHL's three-day holiday break, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec will continue to split starts with Hutchinson for the time being. However, Pavelec has struggled as of late, losing three of his last four games while giving up at least three goals in each of those losses. Meanwhile, Hutchinson has gone 8-2-2 this season while posting a league-leading 1.67 GAA as well as a league-leading .944 save percentage. If Pavelec continues to struggle, and Hutchinson continues to dominate, Pavelec may find himself on Winnipeg's bench more often than he finds himself starting in net moving forward.
News: Head coach Paul Maurice has made it clear that the Jets' goalie rotation between Michael Hutchinson and Ondrej Pavelec will continue after the NHL's three-day holiday break, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Michael Hutchinson's fantasy owners don't have to worry about Pavelec getting the majority of starts in net for the Jets moving forward, as Maurice has clearly indicated that Hutchinson and Pavelec have both performed well enough this season to warrant an even split in playing time. In fact, Maurice may ultimately be forced to give Hutchinson the majority of starts in net in the second half of the season, as he bests Pavelec in both major goaltending statistical categories. Hutchinson boasts a 1.67 GAA and a .944 save percentage, while Pavelec has posted slightly less impressive figures, with a 2.34 GAA and a .913 save percentage. If Pavelec struggles in a few key games down the stretch, Hutchinson may suddenly find himself as the primary goaltender for the Jets. Hutchinson has been phenomenal this season, and fantasy owners lucky enough to own him can plug him into their lineups with confidence each and every time he starts.
News: Tyler Myers (lower body) wasn't on the ice for Saturday's morning skate and looks to be out for the tilt later in the evening with the Islanders, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: Prior to the three-day holiday break, coach Ted Nolan hadn't ruled out Tyler Myers from returning to action Saturday, but after reassessing his condition when the team reunited for morning skate, the medical staff evidently determined he wasn't fit to play. Myers will retain a week-to-week designation for now, with no upgrade to his status coming until he resumes skating.
News: Jhonas Enroth will start in net Saturday against the Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth has struggled for much of this season, going 10-11-2 in 23 appearances while posting a 3.05 GAA and a .912 save percentage. A match-up against the Islanders, who average 2.91 goals per game, is far from ideal for Enroth. The 26 year old goaltender will hope to secure his 11th win of the season on Saturday.
News: Marcus Foligno underwent surgery on his injured finger during the recently-completed holiday break and is projected to miss a month or two, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: In his previous acknowledgement of Marcus Foligno's injury, coach Ted Nolan seemed to indicate it would be more likely that the winger was out for the latter side of that timetable, so a late-February return looks to be the most realistic scenario here. Foligno had only nine points and a minus-6 rating over 28 games, but those in specialty formats will miss his ample contributions in the hits (92) and PIM (43) categories.
News: Niklas Kronwall (upper body) will suit up for Saturday's game against the Senators, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: After Niklas Kronwall exited Tuesday's game early with the upper-body injury, the recently-completed three-day holiday break appears to have afforded him enough time to recover from the ailment. He was a full participant in the Red Wings' gameday skate Saturday, assuming his usual spot on the top pairing with Jonathan Ericsson. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable about reinserting Kronwall into their lineups.
News: Though he participated in the Lightning's morning skate, Jason Garrison (undisclosed) will remain unavailable for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper said he was encouraged by the improvement Jason Garrison has shown over the last few days, but determined he wasn't quite ready to go just yet. His absence will allow Mark Barberio to retain a spot in the lineup for another game, but Garrison could be ready to go for the team's next match Monday versus the Maple Leafs.
News: Ben Bishop (groin) will make the start in goal Saturday against the Hurricanes, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Analysis: As expected, Ben Bishop made it through the Bolts' morning skate without incident and will receive clearance to see his first action since Dec. 15. He should be one of the top goalie options in daily formats Saturday at home against a Hurricanes squad that has tallied two or fewer goals in 11 of its last 12 contests.
News: The Stars have recalled Cameron Gaunce from AHL Texas. Analysis: The defenseman has three points in 29 games for the Texas Stars of the AHL. This will be Cameron Gaunce's first stint in the NHL this season. He played nine games with the Stars last year.
News: Jonathan Drouin will miss Saturday's game against the Hurricanes due to an illness, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Jonathan Drouin was sent back home after showing up at the team's morning skate with the illness, and given the league-wide concern about the mumps, it's probably a wise move by the Lightning. No members of the team have been diagnosed with the virus thus far, so it's believed Drouin's illness may just be the result of the flu. Regardless, he'll be given the night off, with Cedric Paquette set to assume his spot on the Steven Stamkos line.