News: Phil Kessel gathered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Because of the Leafs' horrid effort on the defensive end, Phil Kessel was saddled with a minus-2 rating for the night, marking the third negative rating he's taken in his last four games. Even so, fantasy owners likely drafted Kessel for his scoring ability, and he continues to do that about as well as could have been expected. He's notched 17 goals and 19 assists across his 33 games on the campaign.
News: Daniel Winnik contributed a helper in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Daniel Winnik has picked up assists in four of his last five games and is chugging along at a half-point-per-game pace on the season. He's only managed just one goal in 31 games, however, limiting some of the impact of that point production.
News: Jake Gardiner was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Flyers. Analysis: With just eight points and a minus-11 rating in 30 games, Jake Gardiner has been mostly a letdown for the Leafs this season. He's probably too talented to stick in the press box for long, but perhaps the healthy scratch will serve as a wake-up call for the blueliner. He was replaced in Saturday's lineup by Korbinian Holzer.
News: Ray Emery stopped only 21 of the 25 shots he faced Saturday against the Maple Leafs, but road the coattails of his offense to the victory. Analysis: Claude Giroux, Jacob Voracek and company lit up opposing goalie Jonathan Bernier for seven goals on the evening, allowing Ray Emery to come away with his second victory in December. Emery owns a winning record for the season and could be in line for an increased workload in light of the recent back injury to No. 1 goalie Steve Mason, but it might not be wise to invest in shallower formats just yet. Mason's timetable is not entirely clear just yet and might not extend much further beyond the weekend, and Emery's ratios (3.13 GAA, .894 save percentage) are still rather porous for the season.
News: Johnny Gaudreau potted his seventh goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Analysis: With seven goals and 24 points in 32 games, Johnny Gaudreau has been a fantasy gem in his first full NHL season. Skating on the second line, the 21-year-old could reach the 60-point mark in 2014-15. Although the Flames have lost seven straight, Gaudreau is worth a look, as he has been remarkably consistent since late-November, never going more than three games without appearing on the scoresheet.
News: Jhonas Enroth stopped just 18 of the 22 shots he faced as the Sabres took a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday. Analysis: A porous defense has often been at fault for Jhonas Enroth's rather middling ratios this season, but he'll probably bear most of the blame in this one. The 22 shots represented the fewest amount he had seen in a full outing all season, but Enroth simply didn't make enough saves. With the Buffalo offense unable to pick him up, Enroth saw his four-game winning streak come to a halt.
News: Daniel Sedin picked up a pair of assists in Saturday's win over the Flames. Analysis: A much needed offensive outburst from Daniel Sedin, who had gone three straight games without appearing on the scoresheet. Sedin now has seven goals and 28 points in 32 games, to go with a plus-3 rating. He should be in your lineup every night he's in action.
News: Andre Benoit registered an assist in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche. Analysis: Andre Benoit now has tallied assists in three of his last four games, but the larger body of work over his career suggests that the uptick in scoring is probably coincidental. He still remains relegated to third-pairing duties for the Sabres, and had gone without a point in his first 19 games. Don't read too much into his relative outburst recently.
News: Maxime Talbot registered an assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres. Analysis: In a rather unusual decision, coach Patrick Roy decided to deploy Maxime Talbot, who has typically been a bottom-six forward, on the top line Saturday. He was able to hook up with defenseman Erik Johnson for the Avs' first goal of the game and ended up seeing 19 minutes of ice time. Given that the Avs turned in one of their better games of the season Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising if Talbot stuck around on the top line for another game or two, though it's probably unlikely that he'll remain there permanently.
News: Chris Tanev scored the overtime-winning goal on his birthday in Saturday against the Flames. Analysis: The 25-year-old now has two goals and eight points in 32 games, to go with a plus-3 rating. While Chris Tanev has been most effective defensively this season, blocking 80 shots and logging 20:49 of ice time, the youngster is still on pace for the first 20-point season of his career.