News: Corey Crawford surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Analysis: Despite the loss, it was a strong outing for Corey Crawford, who was making his 11th straight start. He has been one of the best fantasy goalies this season, winning four of his past five games and posting a 9-5-1 record on the year. Backup Anti Raanta (illness) is feeling better and may get a start in the near-future, but any night Crawford is in the Hawks' crease, he needs to be in your lineup.
News: Kris Versteeg scored for the third time in four games in Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Analysis: Life alongside Patty Kane is pretty sweet. Kris Versteeg is thriving on the second line, collecting three goals and seven points in his last four games. He is also playing on the Hawks' top power-play unit, where he tipped in a Duncan Keith shot Sunday. With seven goals on the season, Versteeg is worth adding, at least until Patrick Sharp (leg) returns from injury.
News: Mike Smith lost for the sixth straight game Sunday, giving up two goals on 30 shots against Anaheim. Analysis: While Mike Smith played great in the loss, the goaltending situation developing in Arizona is quite interesting. Although Smith is the clear No.1 goalie, backup Devon Dubnyk has outplayed him thus far, posting a 5-0-1 record. Don't be worried though, as Smith played well enough Sunday to remind us why we put our faith in him in the first place. The wins will come sooner or later.
News: Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sunday's win over Arizona. Analysis: After losing five straight games, Frederik Andersen has gotten back on track of late, winning two straight and allowing only five goals in that span. With a 9-2-4 record, Andersen has been one of the more reliable fantasy options this season. The Ducks are leading the Western Conference with 31 points, and Andersen is a big reason why. Keep the 25-year-old stud rolling.
News: Jaroslav Halak will start in net Monday against the Flyers. Analysis: The Islanders will stick with the hot hand Monday, as Jaroslav Halak has won his last six starts, and recorded a save percentage over .920 in each one. He'll face the tough task of slowing down the Flyers powerful offense Monday night.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (groin) did not practice Monday, and is expected to miss Monday's matchup with the Senators, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk's groin injury just won't go away, and is starting to diminish his fantasy value. He's still an elite player when healthy, having recorded five goals and six assists in 10 games, but his health certainly needs to be monitored.
News: Mike Green (upper body) did not skate Monday morning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Mike Green left Saturday's game with the injury, and looks like he won't be available Wednesday against the Islanders. Considering how injury prone Green has been throughout his career, fantasy owners should be keeping a close eye on Green's recovery moving forward.
News: Liam O'Brien (lower body) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Liam O'Brien has been out since Nov. 11 with the injury, but looks likely to suit up Wednesday against the Islanders since he's practicing with contact. The depth center provided a goal and an assist in 12 games before getting hurt.
News: The Maple Leafs recalled Korbinian Holzer from AHL Toronto on Monday, David Alter of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Korbinian Holzer will come up to the Leafs to fill in for Roman Polak (ankle), who is expected to miss significant time. The blueliner has two assists in nine games this season with AHL Toronto, and brings more of a physical presence to the table than scoring ability.
News: Joffrey Lupul (hand) may return Wednesday against Pittsburgh if he's cleared by the team's medical staff, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Analysis: Saturday marked his 12th straight game missed with the injury, but he may benefit from the Leafs' three-day layoff if everything checks out OK prior to Wednesday's tilt with the Pens.