News: Steve Mason is in line to start Thursday's game against the Blues, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Steve Mason -- who has given up five goals over his last two outings -- is thus on track to make his third straight start for the Flyers since returning from a knee injury.
News: Mark Fraser was credited with an assist, four hits, and four blocked shots in Tuesday's win over the Predators. Analysis: The improved play of Eric Gelinas has cost Mark Fraser a regular lineup spot in recent weeks, but he's at least been able to draw back in for the last three games. He's not been totally useless during that time with nine PIM and eight hits in addition to the assist, but the general lack of offensive production throughout his career puts a definite ceiling on his fantasy value.
News: Andrej Sustr pocketed an assist in Tuesday's win over the Sabres. Analysis: Following the acquisition of Braydon Coburn at the trade deadline, the Bolts shuffled around their defensive pairings, with Andrej Sustr slotting in next to Mark Barberio. Both players profile as stay-at-home types, which should prevent either from accumulating much meaningful offensive numbers. Sustr hasn't exactly shined regardless of who his defensive mate as been this season, as his total of nine points over 61 games would attest.
News: David Booth was active in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Panthers, notching an assist and attempting five shots on goal. Analysis: The five shots were the second-highest total of the season for David Booth, who typically doesn't see many favorable scoring opportunities in his bottom-six role. Unsurprisingly, his point totals (one goal, five assists in 41 games) remain rather depressed, a trend that should continue while he barely averages over 10 minutes of ice time per night, with none coming on the power play.
News: Jyrki Jokipakka picked up an assist and put three shots on net in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. Analysis: Jyrki Jokipakka's offensive production has been light this season (zero goals, nine assists in 34 games), but the 23-year-old has generally acquitted himself well in his first taste of NHL action. However, with Patrik Nemeth (arm) returning from a long-term injury Tuesday, Jokipakka could soon be at risk at losing his regular spot on the Stars' second pairing, which would essentially sink his already minimal fantasy utility.
News: Karri Ramo is slated to start Thursday's game against the Bruins, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: Though he's 2-2 over his last four games, Karri Ramo has given up just five goals in that span, so he's in line for his fifth straight start on Thursday after last giving way to Jonas Hiller on Feb. 20.
News: T.J. Brodie recorded an assist and blocked seven shots on the defensive end in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. Analysis: With Mark Giordano set to miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps tendon, T.J. Brodie is slated to serve as the Flames' top defenseman from here on out. He's already seen a significant spike in his TOI since Giordano exited the lineup, logging 29:06 and 26:59 in ice time in the last two games. The increased minutes should only help Brodie raise his production in the counting stats categories.
News: John Klingberg dished out an assist and claimed four PIM in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. Analysis: John Klingberg typically doesn't offer many contributions in the PIM category, but the points have been flying in rapidly since his promotion to the big club in November. The rookie has already established himself as one of the best fantasy defenseman out there, producing an impressive 10 goals and 24 assists in 52 games. Though he hasn't found the net since Feb. 5, Klingberg has maintained value by claiming nine of his helpers since that time. He's quickly making up ground on the Preds' Filip Forsberg for the Calder Trophy.
News: Carey Price was the first goalie off the ice at the Habs' pregame skate, indicating that he is in line to start Wednesday's game against the Ducks, TSN's John Lu reports. Analysis: Carey Price -- who sports a 1.92 GAA and .935 save percentage in 51 games to date -- is thus in line to have an opportunity Wednesday to bounce back from Monday's 4-0 loss to the Sharks.
News: Brett Connolly broke his finger in practice Wednesday and will be out six weeks, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Brett Connolly took a puck to the hand during practice and will have to wait to make his Bruins debut after being acquired by the club on Monday's trade deadline. The six-week timetable takes him past the team's last regular season game, so Connolly's season could be over even if the Bruins do make the playoffs. The 22-year-old has 15 points through 50 games to date.