News: The Sharks, on a two-game skid, are changing up lines to produce some offense Sunday against Minnesota. One of the notable changes is the omission of Martin Havlat from the lineup, according to CSN. Analysis: The lineup isn't finalized until warm-ups, but it looks like Martin Havlatwho has just one goal and two assists in the last 13 gameswill be a healthy scratch on Sunday. He's had a couple scratches this season, not what you'd expect from a once prolific scorer. Havlat's value continues to be sub-par. The trade rumors around Havlat are thin, but offer a little hope for fantasy owners who could benefit from his moving to a team where he could eek out a consistent role.
News: Chris Kelly (leg) was placed on long-term injured reserve Sunday. Analysis: Chris Kelly's expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the fractured fibula, so this move is largely procedural, but it does mean that the 33-year-old will be forced to miss 10 games and 24 days at a minimum. Gregory Campbell figures to center the third line in Kelly's absence, with Ryan Spooner recalled from the AHL to provide depth.
News: The Sharks are changing up their lines to produce some offense Sunday in Minnesota. Notable among the changes is Joe Pavelski moving to the second line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, according to CSN. Analysis: Joe Pavelski has the potential to benefit from the shifts Sunday. The Couture line is formidable no matter what, with Pavelski on wing this line could become very dangerous. You should be playing him anyway, but owners have to like this change for as long as it lasts.
News: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Sunday that Boyd Gordon (undisclosed) is close to returning to the lineup. Analysis: The Oilers deactivated Boyd Gordon on Friday, but with a backdated IR stint (to Nov. 30), he'll be eligible to return at any time. While Gordon took part in Saturday's morning skate, he appears questionable, at best, for Tuesday's game against Carolina.
News: Mark Fistric logged an assist late in the third period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Mark Fistric's second point with the team and snaps a 10-game-long pointless streak for him.
News: Tim Jackman registered an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Tim Jackman's first in his six games since being traded to the Ducks. This productivity may be a sign that Jackman is getting accustomed to his new team's style of play.
News: Patrick Maroon picked up an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps an 11-game-long pointless streak and gives Patrick Maroon a total of five points this season.
News: Saku Koivu netted an assist early in the first period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps a three-game-long pointless streak for Saku Koivu.
News: Yannick Weber was recalled from AHL Utica on Sunday, the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: Alexander Edler is set to miss an indefinite period of time with a knee injury, so the team went ahead and added some blue-line depth in Yannick Weber. Weber failed to notch a point in 10 games with Vancouver earlier this season.
News: Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion) said Sunday that he's feeling "much better." Analysis: Last Sunday, Ilya Bryzgalov suffered a concussion as a result of a collision with the Stars' Ryan Garbutt, and he hit IR on Wednesday. Fortunately, it seems his symptoms are diminishing, and while it's not clear when he'll be able to play again, Bryzgalov said he hopes to be return to action soon.