News: Mike Santorelli assisted on two of the Leafs' goals in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins. Analysis: Mike Santorelli helped out on both of Leo Komarov's tallies, feeding the Russian winger on a 3-on-2 break for his first and collecting a secondary assist on his second. The 28-year-old Santorelli has been a useful depth scorer on the Leafs' second or third line this season, yielding 12 points and a plus-7 rating over 22 games.
News: Kris Letang notched two helpers in Wednesday's victory over the Maple Leafs. Analysis: That's back-to-back two-assist games for Kris Letang, who already has a whopping 10 helpers on the power play this season. Now healthy after a season in which he was sidelined for a long stretch of action following a stroke, Letang has quickly reestablished himself as one of the better fantasy defensemen out there.
News: Sidney Crosby assisted twice in Wednesday's win over the Maple Leafs. Analysis: With five points over his last two games, it's probably safe to say that Sidney Crosby has dug himself out of his recent offensive slump. As the leading scorer for a 15-4-2 Penguins, Crosby looks well on his way to claiming the Hart Trophy once again.
News: Leo Komarov potted two goals and doled out six hits in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins. Analysis: The 27-year-old has been a spectacular addition to the Leafs after jumping from the KHL in the offseason. In addition to ranking among the league leaders in hits (96), Leo Komarov has gradually earned a larger role offensively. Wednesday marked his third multi-point performance of the month and gives him 16 points in 22 games.
News: Anders Lee tallied his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Capitals. Analysis: Anders Lee gathered a rebound and put it past Caps goalie Braden Holtby to give the Isles a 1-0 lead in the first period. He would later earn seven penalty minutes later in the night in what amounted to a strong all-around performance for the young forward.
News: Although he's been ruled out for this weekend's games, Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery) looked strong on his skates during an optional team workout on Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: A return for Monday's game against the Panthers might also be optimistic, but it looks like Brandon Dubinsky will be able to get back in the lineup later next week. The reeling Jackets could certainly use him.
News: Eric Tangradi skated on the fourth line during Wednesday's practice, Hockey Inside Out reports. Analysis: Eric Tangradi, who was recently called up from Hamilton of the American Hockey League, practiced with Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise. Whether or not he's in the active lineup Friday night against Buffalo remains to be seen. Head coach Michel Therrien has been putting out lineups with seven defensemen lately.
News: Dustin Brown scored a goal and added an assist while firing four shots on goal and skating to a plus-2 in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Wild. Analysis: With the Kings having several scoring options up front, the veteran captain only has seven points in 23 games this year, but his 54 shots and 55 hits still give him relevance in many leagues.
News: Martin Jones turned aside all 26 shots in Wednesday's 4-0 road win over the Wild. Analysis: Making his second start in as many nights, the Kings' backup was solid when he needed to be, but ultimately cruised to victory after Los Angeles scored all their goals in the first period. Even though he got the nod in favour of workhorse Jonathan Quick in this one, we wouldn't read too much into a potential job battle in Hockeywood. It's likely coach Darryl Sutter wanted to give Quick some extra rest, especially against a Wild team that's normally formidable on home ice. Martin Jones is now 2-2-1 with a .938 save percentage and 1.68 GAA this year.
News: Cam Ward stopped 28 of 29 shots Wednesday, but received no offensive support in a shutout loss to Florida. Analysis: Tough break for Cam Ward, who did his best to try and earn just his second win in six games. While he was excellent Wednesday, Ward has still allowed three or more goals in three of his last four starts. The 30-year-old is now 6-8-1 this season with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage. Judging by his superb play against the Panthers, Ward will get back into the win column soon.