News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Michael Ryder has been dealing with a minor back injury and may be a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay, Tom Gulitti's Fire & Ice blog reports Analysis: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that one of his team's forwards will be a game-time decision Saturday, and The Record's Tom Gulitti makes a very strong case that Michael Ryder is that forward. Whether or not Ryder plays Saturday, it would appear that he's merely day-to-day and not facing a prolonged absence.
News: Shawn Horcoff (upper body) did not travel with the Stars to Winnipeg for Sunday's game, and it's unclear whether he will be able to play during his team's upcoming three-game road trip, the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Shawn Horcoff will miss a second straight game, at the very least, after getting hit by a puck during Thursday's practice. The Stars haven't provided many details, but coach Lindy Ruff did suggest that Horcoff may be facing a prolonged absence.
News: Sean Couturier assisted on both of Matt Read's two goals in Saturday's shutout win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Sean Couturier now has 11 points in his last 13 games, giving him 10 goals and 24 assists in 65 games on the season. He is producing nicely on the third line in Philadelphia, showing good chemistry with Read.
News: Alex Goligoski suffered a minor injury Friday but is expected to play in Sunday's game against Winnipeg, the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: While Alex Goligoski did not practice Saturday, his absence was reportedly just precautionary. This may be the last we hear of the injury, as it doesn't sound much worse than the typical bumps and bruises associated with a long season.
News: Andrej Meszaros was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, while fellow defenseman Torey Krug returned to the lineup and scored his 14th goal of the season. Analysis: The Bruins have a glut on the blueline, and Andrej Meszaros, Krug and Dougie Hamilton have all taken turns watching from the press box since Meszaros' acquisition. The situation is an interesting one, with the Slovak defenseman an established veteran, while the 22-year-old Krug and 20-year-old Hamilton are key building blocks for the franchise's future. Despite his solid track record, Meszaros likely has more DNPs to come this season.
News: Claude Giroux racked up a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Claude Giroux now has 23 goals and 44 assists in 66 games, putting him on pace for an 82-point season. He is an absolute stud, tallying 23 points in his last 16 games. Since Dec.11, no other player in the NHL has as many points as Giroux (47). Keep rolling the 26-year-old superstar with confidence.