News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Johnny Boychuk had X-rays on his foot after getting hit by a slap shot during Saturday's game, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Boychuk is hurting but not injured. Analysis: Johnny Boychuk looks to have escaped with a bruise but will still undergo precautionary X-rays. While he can't be considered a sure thing for Monday's game against the Wild, the 30-year-old defenseman seems like a pretty good bet to play.
News: Torey Krug scored for the second time in three games, piling on the Bruins' fifth goal in Saturday afternoon's 5-1 triumph over Carolina. Analysis: The goal was relatively meaningless, as it came with ten seconds left in the game with the Bruins up 4-1. However, it was meaningful to the American rookie, who sat out last game as a healthy scratch. His 36th point is most among rookie rearguards and slides him into fourth in overall rookie scoring behind Nathan MacKinnon, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson. Although he has been split up with captain Zdeno Chara at regular strength, Torey Krug is still hitting the ice with him on the Bruins' top power-play unit, so his value remains high.
News: Jonathan Quick is a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against the Ducks, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick did not practice Friday or Saturday, and the Kings are still unsure whether he'd be able to serve as a backup in the event that Martin Jones get the nod. Jones should be considered the favorite to start Saturday, as Quick may be able to serve as a backup while ill, but he probably won't start over Jones unless he's close to 100 percent.
News: Chad Johnson allowed just one goal on 30 shots in his 17th start of the season Saturday, grabbing a 5-1 win over the visiting Hurricanes. Analysis: Chad Johnson has proved to be a capable backup to workhorse Tuuka Rask and now has a 14-3-1 record to show for it. His 2.15 GAA and .921 save percentage are also respectable. Most importantly, Johnson's overall performance should give B's coach Claude Julien the confidence to use the 27-year-old a few more times down the stretch to keep Rask fresh for the postseason. If Johnson is between the pipes, there's no reason why you shouldn't roll him.
News: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday that he expects Cody Eakin (lower body) to play in Sunday's game against Winnipeg, the Stars' official website reports. "Eakin, I would anticipate him being ready to play," Ruff said. "We got him out there, he felt pretty good and as a precaution I told him to go off and get an off-ice workout." Analysis: With Ruff providing an explanation for Cody Eakin's early exit from Saturday's practice, the defenseman now seems likely to play Sunday.
News: Jonathan Bernier will likely undergo an MRI exam for his lower body injury, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Analysis: The Maple Leafs maintain that Jonathan Bernier's injury is not serious, but it appears he will still receive the MRI for precautionary reasons. Head coach Randy Carlyle did not rule Bernier out for either of the two games remaining on the Maple Leafs' current road trip, so he could return to action as soon as Sunday.