News: Corey Crawford surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Analysis: Despite the loss, it was a strong outing for Corey Crawford, who was making his 11th straight start. He has been one of the best fantasy goalies this season, winning four of his past five games and posting a 9-5-1 record on the year. Backup Anti Raanta (illness) is feeling better and may get a start in the near-future, but any night Crawford is in the Hawks' crease, he needs to be in your lineup.
News: Kris Versteeg scored for the third time in four games in Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Analysis: Life alongside Patty Kane is pretty sweet. Kris Versteeg is thriving on the second line, collecting three goals and seven points in his last four games. He is also playing on the Hawks' top power-play unit, where he tipped in a Duncan Keith shot Sunday. With seven goals on the season, Versteeg is worth adding, at least until Patrick Sharp (leg) returns from injury.
News: Mike Smith lost for the sixth straight game Sunday, giving up two goals on 30 shots against Anaheim. Analysis: While Mike Smith played great in the loss, the goaltending situation developing in Arizona is quite interesting. Although Smith is the clear No.1 goalie, backup Devon Dubnyk has outplayed him thus far, posting a 5-0-1 record. Don't be worried though, as Smith played well enough Sunday to remind us why we put our faith in him in the first place. The wins will come sooner or later.
News: Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sunday's win over Arizona. Analysis: After losing five straight games, Frederik Andersen has gotten back on track of late, winning two straight and allowing only five goals in that span. With a 9-2-4 record, Andersen has been one of the more reliable fantasy options this season. The Ducks are leading the Western Conference with 31 points, and Andersen is a big reason why. Keep the 25-year-old stud rolling.
News: Brett Bellemore (lower body) is expected to miss the next 7-10 days, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Brett Bellemore left Saturday's game against the Avalanche after a hard run in with the boards, but was thought to just have been a little banged up. His injury is still not expected to be too serious, but the Canes will need to find a replacement on the blue line for the time being.
News: Roman Polak is expected to miss the next four weeks with a knee strain, James Mirtle of TSN reports. Analysis: Roman Polak's leg got caught up awkwardly with boards Saturday when he went in for a hit on the Red Wings' Tomas Tatar, and he originally appeared to have an ankle injury. It turns out it was his knee that got hurt on the play, so he'll be replaced by Korbinian Holzer for the foreseeable future.
News: Curtis Lazar (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Monday against the Red Wings. Analysis: The rookie center is still in search of his first NHL goal, but has tallied six assists in his first 15 games. He'll return to the lineup in place of Colin Greening.
News: Brad Marchand (undisclosed injury) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Penguins, WEEI reports. Analysis: Brad Marchand skated Monday morning, but it looks like his status for the Bruins' evening tilt won't be clarified before pregame warmups. With Marchand, David Krejci and Chris Kelly all banged up, the Bruins recalled forwards Jordan Caron and David Pastrnak in advance of Monday's contest.
News: Brian Lashoff will not play against Ottawa on Monday night as a healthy scratch, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Brian Lashoff actually tallied his first point of the season Thursday, but his play in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Toronto apparently warranted a change. Jakub Kindl will take his spot in the lineup.
News: Jakub Kindl will take Brian Lashoff's place in the lineup Monday versus the Senators, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: The Red Wings are still trying to decide who that sixth defenseman will be alongside Xavier Ouellet for the time being. Until either Jakub Kindl or Lashoff starts to play more consistently, this alternating will likely continue.