News: John Mitchell (leg) contributed a goal, assist, two PIM and four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres. Analysis: Just for good measure, John Mitchell laid two hits and blocked three shots defensively, making for a strong all-around outing in his return from injured reserve. He's been a quality depth center for the Avs over the last two seasons, but injury issues have somewhat limited his overall impact.
News: Roman Josi scored his third goal of the season, added an assist, and logged 27:20 of ice time in Saturday's overtime win over the Wild. Analysis: Roman Josi now has four goals and 17 points in 31 games, to go with a plus-10 rating. The 24-year-old logs heavy minutes in Nashville and is money alongside Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing and first power-play unit. The youngster should hit the 10-goal and 40-point mark for the second straight season.
News: Tim Schaller was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports. Analysis: Tim Schaller was briefly recalled in early December in case a one of the injured forwards was unavailable. He was sent back down after one day, and it wouldn't be surprising if that is the case again for the 24-year-old forward.
News: Matt Cullen registered his fourth goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Wild. Analysis: Matt Cullen is now up to four goals and nine points in 22 games, to go with a minus-1 rating. The second-liner is a decent secondary scorer who can contribute 10-15 goals, making him valuable in some very deep leagues.
News: Johan Larsson was recalled from AHL Rochester prior to Saturday's game against the Avalanche. He ended up tallying Buffalo's lone goal in the 5-1 loss. Analysis: After Matt Moulson unexpectedly fell ill during the afternoon and was ruled out, Johan Larsson was recalled by the Sabres shortly before the game. The specifics regarding Moulson's illness aren't yet known, so Larsson could stick around for the Sabres' final two games before the extended Christmas break.
News: Mark Pysyk was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports. Analysis: Mark Pysyk has spent the season all with AHL Rochester this season, posting a goal and nine assists with a minus-9 rating in 28 games. He will provide the Sabres with depth along the blue line as the team has multiple guys dealing with injuries.
News: Erik Johnson contributed a goal and assist in Saturday's victory over the Sabres. Analysis: It's the fifth multi-point game of the season for Erik Johnson, with two coming in his last three contests. A lot has gone wrong for the Avs this season, but Johnson is one of the few players on the squad who has met expectations up to this point. He's on pace for a 44-point season, which would exceed his career-best 39-point effort in 2013-14.
News: Shea Weber dished out a pair of assists in Saturday's win over the Wild. Analysis: Shea Weber now has five points in his past three games, putting him at six goals and 14 assists in 31 games on the season. With a plus-14 rating, 86 shots on goal, and 26 PIM, Weber is once again proving to be one of the best fantasy defensman around. He needs to be in your lineup every night he is in action.
News: Jonathan Quick saw little work in Saturday's defeat of the Coyotes, stopping 15 of the 17 shots he faced to cruise to a 4-2 victory. Analysis: The early afternoon road start time had the Coyotes looking lethargic through much of the match, and while Jonathan Quick wasn't especially airtight, he did make a couple tough saves on the few shots the Coyotes did rattle off. With three straight outings with save percentages under .900, Quick clearly isn't playing his best right now, but he's benefited from Anze Kopitar and the rest of the Kings' attack finally heating up after laying dormant for much of the past month.
News: Jason Pominville bagged a pair of assists in Saturday's loss to the Predators. Analysis: Jason Pominville has been hot lately, recording three goals and eight points in his last eight games. With seven goals and 23 points in 31 games, Pominville is on pace for his second consecutive 60-point season with Minnesota.