News: Jhonas Enroth stopped just 18 of the 22 shots he faced as the Sabres took a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday. Analysis: A porous defense has often been at fault for Jhonas Enroth's rather middling ratios this season, but he'll probably bear most of the blame in this one. The 22 shots represented the fewest amount he had seen in a full outing all season, but Enroth simply didn't make enough saves. With the Buffalo offense unable to pick him up, Enroth saw his four-game winning streak come to a halt.
News: Daniel Sedin picked up a pair of assists in Saturday's win over the Flames. Analysis: A much needed offensive outburst from Daniel Sedin, who had gone three straight games without appearing on the scoresheet. Sedin now has seven goals and 28 points in 32 games, to go with a plus-3 rating. He should be in your lineup every night he's in action.
News: Andre Benoit registered an assist in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche. Analysis: Andre Benoit now has tallied assists in three of his last four games, but the larger body of work over his career suggests that the uptick in scoring is probably coincidental. He still remains relegated to third-pairing duties for the Sabres, and had gone without a point in his first 19 games. Don't read too much into his relative outburst recently.
News: Maxime Talbot registered an assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres. Analysis: In a rather unusual decision, coach Patrick Roy decided to deploy Maxime Talbot, who has typically been a bottom-six forward, on the top line Saturday. He was able to hook up with defenseman Erik Johnson for the Avs' first goal of the game and ended up seeing 19 minutes of ice time. Given that the Avs turned in one of their better games of the season Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising if Talbot stuck around on the top line for another game or two, though it's probably unlikely that he'll remain there permanently.
News: Chris Tanev scored the overtime-winning goal on his birthday in Saturday against the Flames. Analysis: The 25-year-old now has two goals and eight points in 32 games, to go with a plus-3 rating. While Chris Tanev has been most effective defensively this season, blocking 80 shots and logging 20:49 of ice time, the youngster is still on pace for the first 20-point season of his career.
News: John Mitchell (leg) contributed a goal, assist, two PIM and four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres. Analysis: Just for good measure, John Mitchell laid two hits and blocked three shots defensively, making for a strong all-around outing in his return from injured reserve. He's been a quality depth center for the Avs over the last two seasons, but injury issues have somewhat limited his overall impact.
News: Roman Josi scored his third goal of the season, added an assist, and logged 27:20 of ice time in Saturday's overtime win over the Wild. Analysis: Roman Josi now has four goals and 17 points in 31 games, to go with a plus-10 rating. The 24-year-old logs heavy minutes in Nashville and is money alongside Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing and first power-play unit. The youngster should hit the 10-goal and 40-point mark for the second straight season.
News: Tim Schaller was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports. Analysis: Tim Schaller was briefly recalled in early December in case a one of the injured forwards was unavailable. He was sent back down after one day, and it wouldn't be surprising if that is the case again for the 24-year-old forward.
News: Matt Cullen registered his fourth goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Wild. Analysis: Matt Cullen is now up to four goals and nine points in 22 games, to go with a minus-1 rating. The second-liner is a decent secondary scorer who can contribute 10-15 goals, making him valuable in some very deep leagues.
News: Johan Larsson was recalled from AHL Rochester prior to Saturday's game against the Avalanche. He ended up tallying Buffalo's lone goal in the 5-1 loss. Analysis: After Matt Moulson unexpectedly fell ill during the afternoon and was ruled out, Johan Larsson was recalled by the Sabres shortly before the game. The specifics regarding Moulson's illness aren't yet known, so Larsson could stick around for the Sabres' final two games before the extended Christmas break.