News: Jason Garrison extended his point streak to four games on Sunday, assisting on a Mike Santorelli goal in a win over Colorado. Analysis: Jason Garrison now has a whopping 10 points over his past eight games. There may not be a hotter defenseman in the league right now. He has also put 12 shots on goal over his past three games and has been seeing over 22 minutes of ice time per game. You know what to do.
News: Dan Hamhuis fired three shots on goal Sunday against Colorado, but was held without a point for the eighth time in nine games. Analysis: After putting up 24 points in a shortened campaign last season, Dan Hamhuis has only collected eights points in 31 games this season. He is still averaging 22:56 of ice time per game, but has transitioned back into more of a defensive role with the team. Hamhuis has struggled overall this season though and is on pace to post his worst plus-minus rating in three years.
News: Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal and was a plus-3 in a win over the Avalanche on Sunday. Analysis: Kesler has been red hot as of late and now has five goals over his past four games. He now has 15 goals and 23 points in 32 games on the year. This is the Ryan Kesler fantasy hockey owners wanted to see this season. Keep rolling him.
News: Chris Higgins picked up a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in a win over Colorado on Sunday. Analysis: He now has points in consecutive games and is proving to be a very consistent fantasy option. Chris Higgins now has eight goals and 15 points in 31 games this season. He will continue to put up points playing on the second line with Ryan Kesler. He isn't spectacular, but at least you know what you are getting with him.
News: Victor Hedman (lower body) did not take part in Monday's practice, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Victor Hedman missed Saturday's loss to the Jets and doesn't look like a great bet to suit up against the Capitals on Tuesday. Still considered day-to-day, he can't necessarily be ruled out, though a Tuesday return would be a bit surprising.
News: James Neal attended Pittsburgh's game-day practice but did not take part in Monday's morning skate. Analysis: Bench James Neal in weekly leagues as he will almost surely miss the three games on Pittsburgh's Week 11 docket. He was expected to have a phone interview with the league's punishment czar, Brenden Shanahan, Monday morning.
News: Milan Lucic notched a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Leafs. Analysis: Milan Lucic, who has six points over his last four games, is now tied with linemate David Krejci for the B's scoring lead with 24 points in 30 contests. The big winger has clearly put his 2012-13 regular season struggles behind him and is playing a confident brand of hockey these days, using his strength and deceptive speed to very much to his advantage.
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) took part in Monday's game-day skate, practicing on the top power-play unit. Analysis: The team will later announce whether Evgeni Malkin will play against the Blue Jackets on Monday. It certainly appears he will and reserving Malkin in weekly leagues could easily come back to bite fantasy owners.
News: David Krejci notched a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Leafs. Analysis: The crafty playmaker now has five goals and 24 points in 30 games and is tied with Milan Lucic for the Bruins' scoring lead, while sporting a tidy plus-12 rating while centering the team's top line.
News: Jan Hejda (knee) could return Saturday against Minnesota or next Monday against Dallas, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Jan Hejda hopes to resume skating this week, which would presumably give him a shot to suit up over the weekend. He owns an impressive plus-17 rating through 26 games, and is targeting a return at the beginning of his 10-to-14 day timetable.