News: Brett Bellemore scored his first goal of the season and collected five PIM in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Brett Bellemore now has six points and a plus-3 rating in 33 games on the season. Considering the defenseman averages just 15:32 of ice time and has only recorded 16 shots on goal, Bellmore is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Jacob Josefson picked up an assist in Friday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Since returning from injured reserve Jan. 19 with a two-point performance against the Sharks, Jacob Josefson has needed 15 games just to match that output. His presence as the Devils' center on the checking line will continue to inhibit his offense.
News: Jack Hillen was traded to the Hurricanes on Saturday along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason. Analysis: Gleason was bound for free agency after the season, so the deal is mostly about accumulating the extra draft pick for the rebuilding Hurricanes. That being said, Jack Hillen should still receive a look on the team's second or third pairing over the final month and a half, though expectations should remain low. On a much more offensively skilled team in the Capitals, Hillen had managed to accumulate five points in 35 games.
News: Tim Gleason was traded to the Capitals on Saturday in exchange for Jack Hillen and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. Analysis: It's the second time in two years that Tim Gleason has been dealt prior to the deadline, after the Hurricanes previously dealt the blueliner to the Maple Leafs in January before signing him to a one-year contract in the summer. Gleason is expected to slot in on the Capitals' third pairing next to Mike Green, where he'll be tasked with providing physicality to complement Green's more offensive-based, finesse game.
News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Bruins, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: With seven straight losses on his ledger to drop his season record to a woeful 10-29-5, Mike Smith isn't worth keeping active in most formats at this point. The Bruins might not be nearly as formidable as they were at this point last season, but they're still a much more competitive team than the Coyotes, who have made no secret of their desire to bottom out this season. As such, Smith will be a heavy underdog nearly every time he takes the net the rest of the way.
News: Jonathan Bernier will be in the cage for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier has rebounded from a 10-game winning streak with back-to-back victories in impressive fashion over the Jets and Flyers, but it's probably advisable to stay away from him Saturday night. No goalie in the league has been hotter since the All-Star break than Carey Price, who has won 11 of his last 13 starts while submitting a microscopic 1.28 GAA. Bernier may need to pitch a shutout in order to pick up the win.
News: Rob Scuderi (foot) participated in Saturday's practice, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Rob Scuderi had been off the ice since logging 16:47 of action in Wednesday's win over the Penguins, but his return to practice suggests he might be available for the Pens' next game Sunday against the Blue Jackets. The team should have a clearer idea on Scuderi's status before pregame warmups.
News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve and return to the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Analysis: Sergei Gonchar may have some added incentive to bring some physicality to Saturday's proceedings; after all, it was in the game against the Leafs two weeks ago that he suffered the injury when he was blindsided into the boards by David Clarkson, who has since been traded to the Blue Jackets. The 40-year-old defenseman, who has a goal and 12 assists in 41 games this season, will join Greg Pateryn to form on the Habs' third defensive pair.
News: Devan Dubnyk is expected to receive the start in goal Saturday against the Avalanche, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: If that ends up being the case, it would go down as the 20th consecutive start for the netminder, tying Niklas Backstrom's franchise record established in 2009. Devan Dubnyk has been more than deserving of the burdensome workload, as he's gone an incredible 14-3-1 with a 1.68 GAA, .934 save percentage, and five shutouts since his Jan. 14 acquisition from the Coyotes.
News: Steve Mason was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia reports. Analysis: Steve Mason, who has missed most of the month with a knee injury, was activated from IR prior to Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, but served in a backup capacity to Rob Zepp. That was only done in an effort to ease him back into action, but Mason still saw duty in the second period in relief of a struggling Zepp, stopping eight of nine shots to take the loss. Staying healthy has been an issue for Mason this season, but he's looked like one of the league's better netminders when he's been able to play, posting a 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage. With the Flyers only six points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot entering play Saturday, expect Mason to shoulder a heavy workload over the season's final month and a half.