News: J.T. Miller had a pair of assists in Sunday's preseason loss to New Jersey. Analysis: It's certainly a nice start considering the former first round pick has just 12 points in 60 career games, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Most importantly, his two-way play from the center position looked sharp. J.T. Miller logged just under 15-minutes of ice time with third liners Lee Stempniak and Mats Zuccarello. Because the 20-year-old has considerable upside he could become the occasional sleeper pick if he continues at this clip.
News: Jesper Fast had a game-tying goal in the third period of Sunday's preseason loss to New Jersey. Analysis: The 22-year-old Swedish winger played on the team's fourth line with Dominic Moore and newcomer Tanner Glass. Despite posting a donut in 11 regular season games last year, Jesper Fast managed an assist in the team's cup run and fits head coach Alain Vigneault's customary blueprints. He's far from a lock to make the team out of camp, but scoring points never hurt anyone.
News: Jason Dickinson scored the game-winning goal in Dallas' preseason opener against St. Louis on Monday. Analysis: Jason Dickinson, the Stars 2013 first round pick, had a rough game up until the third period when he started to find his game centering the fourth line. Dickinson seems unlikely to be on the opening night roster, but he started to show why the Stars drafted him so high.
News: Brent Burns had a goal, three shots, a hit, four blocked shots, and 26:39 of playing time in one of the Sharks' split-squad preseason games against the Canucks on Tuesday. Analysis: Brent Burns did it all and showed why he'll be a highly sought after d-man in fantasy this season. He's scoring, playing defense, and likely to log a ton of minutes. Preseason games are a little meaningless and it's dangerous to take too much from them, but Burns certainly showed why he's one of the most exciting defensemen in fantasy this season.
News: Taylor Fedun took a team-leading six shots in one of Tuesday's split-squad preseason matches between the Sharks and Canucks. Analysis: Taylor Fedun is battling for a roster spot. He played a solid 18:52, took a penalty, and was getting involved offensively. He's starting to make the case for himself, but even if he makes the roster, he will likely have limited fantasy value.
News: Alex Stalock started one of the two games on Tuesday as the Sharks played a split-squad preseason match with Vancouver. He stopped 15 of 18 shots in a 4-2 loss. Analysis: This game meant nothing and doesn't really tip the team's hand on whether it'll be Alex Stalock or Antti Niemi in net on opening night. Subsequent nights when the team can't start Stalock and Niemi might give us a better idea of who will be the starter.
News: Logan Couture took a big hip check during San Jose's split squad matches against Vancouver during the second period. He was held out of the third period for precautionary reasons, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz. Analysis: There's no reason not to trust coach Todd McLellan's assertion that Logan Couture's removal from the game was precautionary. This game meant nothing and there's no reason to risk anything with a star like Couture. Expect him to be fine.
News: Jordan Staal sustained a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's exhibition at Buffalo, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports. Analysis: A timetable has not been released regarding Jordan Staal's return to the ice, but it would seem likely that he'll miss significant time. He needed crutches to move around after Tuesday's preseason contest, and fantasy owners will want to monitor his status in the coming days for a clearer picture regarding how much time he'll miss.
News: Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after Tuesday's exhibition that Mark Pysyk (upper body) would be out "for a little while," Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: It's difficult to ascertain an approximate return date from Nolan's quote, but his words seem to suggest Mark Pysyk is dealing with something more than the run-of-the-mill day-to-day concern. His hopes of cracking the Sabres' 23-man roster might have quite possibly come to an end following the injury setback.
News: Michael McCarron exited Tuesday's exhibition game with an apparent left arm injury, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Michael McCarron looked like he suffered the injury when he took a hit after the whistle and collided with the post. He was able to exit the ice with the help of some teammates, but the severity of his injury likely won't be known until the next several days. The Canadiens' 2013 first-round draft pick, McCarron isn't likely to contribute for the parent club this season, but was enjoying a productive game prior to his exit.