News: Zbynek Michalek scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Zbynek Michalek now has six points in 35 games, to go with a minus-5 rating. Considering it's been five years since the 32-year-old surpassed the 20-point mark, don't expect much more offense from Michalek this season. Considering he sees almost no power-play time, Michalek doesn't provide much fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
News: Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves on 33 shots in Saturday's win over the Blues. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is now 4-1-0 in his last six appearances, giving up 14 goals in that span. The 31-year-old is 14-8-5 on the season, with a .904 save percentage and 2.99 GAA. While he gets the call almost every night for Dallas, the Stars have allowed a whopping 113 goals-against this season, with the disastrous Oilers being the only other team to yield more. Lehtonen is a great fantasy option if you're looking for wins, but if you want solid rate stats, don't expect impressive totals from Lehtonen.
News: Jake Allen gave up four goals on 24 shots in Saturday's loss to Dallas. Analysis: Not the best night for Jake Allen, who has now lost three straight games, giving up a whopping 12 goals in that span. While he remains a top fantasy option with an 11-5-2 record, his .899 save percentage and 2.76 GAA is a tad alarming. While he will likely remain the starter with Brian Elliot (knee) out, expect Allen to lose a significant amount of starts once Elliot returns -- especially if the 24-year-old continues to struggle.
News: Jiri Tlusty (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Canadiens, Michael Smith of the Canes' official site reports. Analysis: Jiri Tlusty resumed skating Saturday morning, opening the doors for his return to the lineup Monday. Through 28 games this season, he has scored ten goals and assisted on three more, but has a minus-11 rating. However, his return would definitely provide an upgrade in the forward ranks.
News: Coach Bill Peters indicated he expects Jordan Staal (leg) to return to the lineup against the Canadiens on Monday, Michael Smith of the Canes' official site reports. Analysis: Jordan Staal was targeting Monday as a potential return date, and it appears he will hit the mark barring a setback. If he indeed returns, Staal will provide the Canes a much needed boost offensively, as the team is averaging just 2.06 goals per game.
News: Viktor Stalberg was assigned to AHL Milwaukee on Sunday. Analysis: Viktor Stalberg was a healthy scratch in each of the last four games with the Predators, but will now head back to AHL likely to receive some extra playing time. He would likely be recalled again if the someone suffers an injury. It's also possible he will rejoin the team after receiving some playing time in the minors.
News: Milan Lucic is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Analysis: Milan Lucic -- who picked up seven PIM in Saturday's loss to Columbus -- was not present for Sunday's practice, with his status for Monday's game against Detroit unclear at this stage.
News: Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Analysis: Per csnne.com, Patrice Bergeron -- who did not practice Sunday -- left Saturday's loss to Columbus early in the third period with an undisclosed issue, which coach Claude Julien suggests is "very minor." As a result, the center's status for Monday's game against Detroit is uncertain at this stage.
News: Matt Fraser has been placed on waivers by the Bruins, csnne.com reports. Analysis: If he goes unclaimed, Matt Fraser -- who has scored three goals in 24 games for the Bruins to date -- would be in line to be assigned to AHL Providence.
News: Derek Roy was placed on waivers Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: Derek Roy was on a one-year contract with the Predators coming into the season, and he has been a healthy scratch multiple times lately. His once promising career took a downturn due to an injury, and now he will have to look for work with another team.