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: Trevor Lewis (lower body) will travel with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Tuesday in Montreal, the LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Trevor Lewis just recently resumed skating with the team, and has not yet been cleared for contact, but it sounds like he has a chance to return to action before the end of the week.
News: Matt Greene (upper body) said that he plans on accompanying the team on its upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday in Montreal, the LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: By no means is Matt Greene certain to return on the road trip, but it sounds like a possibility. The 30-year-old has been out since Nov. 2 with the upper-body injury and just recently resumed skating with the team.
News: Adam McQuaid (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday. Analysis: Since Adam McQuaid hasn't played since Nov. 30, he'll be eligible to return at any time, but the team really needed to add some depth for Sunday's game against the Maple Leafs. At this point, McQuaid appears to have an outside chance to play Tuesday against Calgary.
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.