News: James Reimer stopped all 31 shots he faced over two periods in relief of an injured Jonathan Bernier (lower body) on Thursday, leading the Leafs to a comeback win over Los Angeles. Analysis: Bernier allowed a pair of goals before leaving, but the Leafs got one back, so James Reimer entered with a 2-1 deficit and held off the Los Angeles offense while his offense provided a pair of goals to take the win. And it looks like Reimer will get some run as the Leafs' starter until Bernier gets well.
News: Marian Gaborik picked up his first points since joining the Kings in Thursday's loss to Toronto, opening the scoring with an early-first-period goal and adding a power-play assist. Analysis: Gabby had failed to make it onto the scoresheet in his first three games with the Kings, so it's nice to see him break the ice. He's going to continue seeing major minutes -- power-play time included -- and offers solid upside down the stretch, though he's surely owned in most all competitive formats.
News: Chris Kunitz was given practice off Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Chris Kunitz hit his leg on the Capitals' goalpost in Tuesday's victory, but managed to stay in the game despite probably playing with some limitations. Although coach Dan Bylsma characterized Kunitz's absence from practice as a maintenance day, there's still a slight chance he could be scratched Saturday vs. the Flyers if any pain continues to linger. Fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on him the next two days just to be safe.
News: Coach Patrick Roy said he'd be "very surprised" if Paul Stastny (back) played Friday vs. the Ducks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny has already missed the previous two games with back spasms and doesn't appeared to have made much progress in his recovery in spite of the time off. Fantasy owners should stash him on their bench until more optimism surfaces about a potential return.
News: Chad Johnson is expected to receive the start in goal Thursday vs. the Coyotes, Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger reports. Analysis: After Tuukka Rask got the start a night earlier for the Bruins, look for Claude Julien to give the net to Chad Johnson on Thursday, as he faces off against his former team. Johnson has gathered wins in seven of his last eight starts, including two victories earlier this month over the Panthers.
News: Peter Holland (illness) was absent from Thursday's morning skate, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Unless Peter Holland is able to rally in the afternoon, it seems likely that he'll be out of the lineup Thursday vs. the Kings. With rosters expanding following the trade deadline, coach Randy Carlyle probably won't hesitate to give Holland the night off if he's at less than 100 percent.
News: Cory Conacher now has two points in three games since joining the Sabres. Analysis: Cory Conacher has quickly become a fixture on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. Despite the Sabres' poor record and constant tinkering with the lineup throughout the season, interim head coach Ted Nolan seems to have found a winning combo. The trio has become the de facto top line, leading the team in minutes played each night. Though it is a little undersized, the speed and skill is undeniable. If there are any Sabres worth keeping an eye on for some offensive production, it's those three players. They've combined for eight points in their past three games.
News: Jordan Staal handed out a pair of helpers in Thursday's win over Buffalo. Analysis: He's got a four-game point streak going, with eight points and a plus-5 rating over that span. In short, Jordan Staal's hot all of a sudden, and after how disappointing he's been this year, he could yet be languishing on the waiver wire in shallower formats. Take a look.
News: Brandon Pirri scored a goal for the second straight game and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay. Analysis: After going scoreless in his first three games with Florida, Brandon Pirri's starting to put up points. Pay close attention, especially in keeper formats.
News: Nick Bjugstad handed out a pair of assists in Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay. Analysis: He's got a four-game point streak going and has nine points in his last nine games now. The 19th overall pick in 2010, Nick Bjugstad's got great offensive upside; fantasy owners should take note as he shows it down the stretch.