News: Carey Price allowed a season-high five goals in 29 shots Thursday night in a 5-1 loss to the Blues. Analysis: This loss wasn't on Carey Price; it was on the team in front of him, giving up odd-man rushes and getting out-worked by one of the NHL's better teams.
News: Jonathan Quick (groin) will remain sidelined until at least the first week of January, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I thought he'd be closer than he was and we'll just keep going," head coach Darryl Sutter said. "He's got a long ways to go. Analysis: The Kings, who have allowed two goals or less in 20 of their last 21 games, can afford to be extra cautious with Jonathan Quick right now. He continues to workout on the ice but hasn't stepped into a full practice yet.
News: It appears that Martin Havlat will move up the Sharks' depth chart to the Logan Couture line for Thursday's game against the Kings, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Analysis: One game after he potted a goal and an assist, ending a six-game pointless streak, Martin Havlat is reaping the rewards, but there's no guarantee that this lasts more than a game. Coach Todd McLellan has been searching for some missing offense by playing musical chairs with the open wing spot opposite Patrick Marleau on Couture's line.
News: Logan Couture was held without a point for the fourth straight game as the Sharks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Kings on Thursday. Analysis: He's now gone eight games without a goal, and has just two assists over that span. He's still among the Kings' scoring leaders because of an early season hot streak in which he collected points by the shovelful, but this drought is making his fantasy owners antsy. Our advice is to find such an anxious owner and make a modest offer for him.
News: Patrick Marleau scored late in the third period of a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Los Angeles on Thursday. It's his team-leading 16th tally of the season. Analysis: Patrick Marleau is a known commodity: he'll score at a fairly predictable pace and will be in the running for the team points lead, if not the NHL's scoring title. He has nine points in his last seven games and deserves a spot on your active roster, even against the league's stiffer defenses.
News: Antti Niemi allowed four goals on 28 shots (.875) as the Sharks fell at Los Angeles on Thursday night. Analysis: This is starting to become a concern; in his last seven starts, he's 2-4-1. He isn't playing awfully, as he's allowed 18 goals over that span. But he might be suffering a bit from overuse; he leads all NHL netminders in games and minutes played. He's in absolutely no danger of losing his starter's spot to backup Alex Stalock, but the coaching staff may decide to rest Antti Niemi just a bit over the next few weeks.
News: Jeff Carter collected a goal and an assist in the Kings' 4-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night. Analysis: With eight points (3G, 5A) in his last five games, he belongs in your active lineup whenever he laces 'em up.