News: Nicklas Jensen scored for the second straight game in Sunday's win over Florida. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen has impressed since being called up from Utica, tallying two goals, one assist, and a plus-3 rating in his first five career NHL games. With injuries to Daniel Sedin (hamstring) and Ryan Kesler (knee), the 21-year-old has been playing on the top line. It won't be too long before the youngster becomes a well-known name in fantasy hockey.
News: Ryan Miller will be in the crease Monday vs. the Jets, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller responded to his first loss as a member of the Blues on Tuesday with back-to-back wins Thursday vs. Edmonton and Saturday vs. Nashville. The Jets might be coming off an impressive seven-goal performance against the Stars a day earlier, but Miller should do well to limit their offensive productivity.
News: Karl Alzner assisted on two of the Caps' four goals in their win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday. Analysis: Karl Alzner also provided three blocks in the game, an area where fantasy players can probably count on him for production more so than assists. The defenseman spends most of his time protecting his own goal, as he's compiled just 16 points in 69 games this season.
News: Jason Chimera has supplied points in seven of his nine games in March for the Capitals. Analysis: While Jason Chimera is averaging almost three shots per game this month and has seen his productivity increase accordingly, fantasy owners should be cautioned not to invest too much of their free agent bidding budget on the forward. We saw Chimera enjoy a similar scoring binge in late October and early November, only for his offense to take a nosedive thereafter. His latest scoring surge could very well come to an end quickly.
News: Joel Ward contributed a goal and assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Analysis: With the Leafs holding Alexander Ovechkin to just one shot on goal in the game, third-liners Joel Ward and Jason Chimera stepped up to buoy the Capitals' attack. Ward's first-period power-play tally allowed him to reach the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
News: Jiri Hudler (upper body) skated on his own before Monday's practice, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Jiri Hudler has been out since Mar. 6, and since he's not yet practicing with the team yet, it's difficult to imagine him returning to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Sabres. He's already missed six games with the ailment.
News: Darcy Kuemper will draw the start in goal Monday vs. the Bruins, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper has been rock-solid his last two turns, holding the Rangers to one goal on 30 shots in a victory Thursday and taking a one-goal shootout loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Bruins will represent a stiffer test for Kuemper to keep his hot play going.
News: Jiri Tlusty (lower body) was not on the ice for Monday's practice. Analysis: The lower-body injury that kept Jiri Tlusty out of Sunday's game will continue to sideline him for practice, but he's still being labeled as day-to-day by the Hurricanes. Tlusty would probably need to get back on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate to have a shot at playing later that night against the Blue Jackets.
News: John-Michael Liles (concussion) practiced in a yellow non-contact jersey Monday. Analysis: John-Michael Liles' presence on the ice Monday would suggest he's made another step forward in his recovery from the concussion, but he'll need to ditch the non-contact jersey before being viewed as close to returning. He's missed the last five games for the Hurricanes.
News: Eddie Lack will be in the net Monday vs. the Lightning. Analysis: Coach John Tortorella continues to lean heavily on the young netminder, as Eddie Lack will be making his ninth straight start Monday. His performance has been generally erratic lately, as he's alternated wins and losses in his last five outings.