News: Antti Niemi will start in goal Sunday against the Rangers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: Currently sitting at 33 wins for the season, Antti Niemi can tie Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead with a victory Sunday. Niemi has been sitting a bit more lately, but it seems the Sharks are just taking measures to ensure his health for the postseason.
News: Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal Sunday against the Sharks, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist will mind the net for the eighth time in the team's last nine games, and for the 29th time at home this season. The Sharks got to Lundqvist for four goals on just 26 shots in their lone meeting this season, but the 32-year-old has posted a 2.23 GAA and a .923 save percentage at the Garden to this point.
News: T.J. Oshie's fiance is expected to give birth to their child Monday, and while Oshie said he'll play against the Jets if all goes well, there's a chance he misses the game, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: T.J. Oshie seems optimistic that he can attend to the birth of his child and play Monday, but he could be forced to miss a game if there are any complications. The 27-year-old has already matched his career-high of 54 points from 2011-12, in 13 fewer games.
News: Ryan O'Reilly has been enjoying the most productive season of his career, having posted career highs in goals (25), game-winning goals (6) and power-play goals (8). He also leads the league with 71 takeaways. Analysis: The Mile High City has been good to the 23-year-old, who has emerged as one of the premiere two-way forwards in the game. He'll set his sights on another milestone Sunday in Ottawa, as he needs just one more point to surpass his personal best of 55 set two seasons ago. Give yourself a pat on the back if you drafted him last Fall.
News: Michal Neuvirth is out with a lower-body and Nathan Lieuwen has been called up, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth played Saturday night, which means Michal Neuvirth will miss his slated start on Sunday. Lieuwen was called up on an emergency basis, and may get the start instead. Neuvirth was acquired from Washington at the trade deadline and has started two games for the Sabres, both of them losses, though he has done a fantastic job of stopping the puck with a .949 save percentage, facing 97 shots over those two games.. No word on how Neuvirth got injured, but he'll be considered day-to-day. Adjust your rosters accordingly.
News: Tim Thomas will start in goal Sunday against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen (concussion) skated with the team Saturday morning and appears on track to return early next week, but Tim Thomas will make a third consecutive start in his place Sunday. Thomas has fared reasonably well since joining Dallas, with five goals allowed on 66 shots faced to this point.
News: Sam Gagner (ankle) will take part in warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Hurricanes. Analysis: If Sam Gagner makes it through warmups without issue, he'll presumably get the green light to play against Carolina, but Philip Larsen will slot into the rotation if the team decides to hold Gagner out for another game. He played through the ankle injury Thursday but sat out Friday's tilt.
News: Jesse Joensuu (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: Jesse Joensuu hurt the ankle Friday night and while there is not a set timetable for his return, he'll miss at least one game with the injury. It will likely mean slightly more playing time for Ryan Jones against Carolina.
News: Rick Nash is currently in a four-game goal-less drought. Analysis: Rick Nash, who is minus-3 with just two goals and three assists in his last 14 games has certainly gone cold at the wrong time for fantasy owners. However, his career numbers (122 points in 151 games) suggest March to be the first-line winger's favorite month of the season, so his funk shouldn't drag on for too much longer.
News: Derek Stepan has two goals and nine assists in nine games since the NHL returned to action from the Olympic break. Analysis: After being snubbed for playing time with Team USA, the 23-year-old clearly returned from the Sochi games with a chip on his shoulder. Despite the inconsistencies of his line-mates Rick Nash and Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan (12 goals, 34 assists) has points in eight of the team's nine games since the NHL returned to action. In addition to approaching his career-high of points (51) Stepan's next assist will set a new career-high for helpers in a season.