News: Jerred Smithson was recalled from AHL Toronto on Wednesday, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Analysis: Following Trevor Smith's hand injury Tuesday, the Leafs are now without three of their top centers, so they brought Jerred Smithson back up for some depth. Smithson is yet to record a point in 13 games with the NHL club this season.
News: Jannik Hansen scored for the second straight game Tuesday. He has now picked up a goal in three of his past four games. Analysis: Jannik Hansen is currently skating on the top line with the Sedin twins and it couldn't be going any better. With Alexandre Burrows out with a broken jaw, expect Hansen to continue to produce on the top line in Vancouver. He is definitely worth a look while Burrows is out, at least in deeper formats.
News: Deryk Engelland has been suspended five games for his hit on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on Saturday, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: The elbow-to-head hit earned Deryk Engelland an ejection from Saturday's game, and Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan has determined he deserves to sit five games for his actions. Engelland already served the first game of his suspension Monday, so he'll be eligible to return Dec. 27 against Carolina.
News: David Booth scored for the second straight game Tuesday. He now has picked up a point in each of his last three games. Analysis: Even though the Canucks would go on to lose Tuesday's game against Minnesota in a shootout, getting another goal from the inconsistent David Booth is a very good sign. In addition to his point streak, Booth has also fired 10 shots on goal is plus-3 over his past three games. He currently isn't being used on the power play, but that could change if Booth continues to produce.
News: Matt Nieto was re-assigned to ECHL San Francisco on Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: The 21-year-old winger hasn't notched a point in his last 11 games, and will now find himself in the ECHL. The increased playing time is likely best for his development, so it's hard to say when Matt Nieto may be back.
News: Brandon Sutter scored a third-period goal and helped give the Penguins the win Wednesday with the only score in the overtime shootout. Analysis: Brandon Sutter's goal appeared to give the Penguins an insurmountable 3-1 lead with less than 15 minutes left in the game, but the Rangers' late rally ended up pushing the game to overtime. With 14 points in 36 games, Sutter has produced adequately by third-line standards, but the presence of the incomparable Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the top two lines will prevent him from ascending to a featured scoring role.
News: Carl Hagelin scored a goal in his second straight game Wednesday vs. the Penguins. Analysis: After a seven-game scoreless spell, Carl Hagelin seems to be picking up his production even though he's no longer featured in a top-six role. Perhaps the recent scoring burst could force coach Alain Vigneault to move him up in the lineup.
News: Damien Brunner recorded one goal and one assist Wednesday against the Senators. Analysis: The winger has just 13 points in 31 games on the season, but has heated up lately, picking up four goals and an assist in his last four games.
News: Patrik Elias notched two assists Wednesday against the Senators. Analysis: The veteran winger now sports a line of 7/15/22 through 27 games, and has six points in his last five games.
News: Martin Brodeur made 23 saves in Wednesday's win over the Senators. Analysis: The veteran net minder has won three of his last four starts, and given up a total of two goals in the last two. His three shutouts currently lead the NHL, and he's proving that he's still one of the more valuable fantasy goaltenders, even at age 41.