News: Calvin Pickard stopped all 17 of the shots he faced for his first NHL win Saturday against Carolina. Analysis: Pikcard didn't start Saturday's game, but was called upon in the first period after starter Reto Berra was pulled. Berra gave up three goals on 10 shots, but Calvin Pickard was able to step in and help the team comeback to defeat the Canes. With the way Berra has struggled this season, there is a chance Pickard could stick with the Avalanche once starter Semyon Varlamov (groin) returns from injury. The 22-year-old youngster is 1-2-0 this season with a respectable .913 save percentage and 2.66 GAA.
News: Jaden Schwartz had an assist Saturday in a win over Ottawa. He was plus-1 and added a hit in the victory. Analysis: Jaden Schwartz and his linemates on the STL line (Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko) are on fire right now. Schwartz is now up to 20 points and plus-10 in 20 games.
News: Jori Lehtera picked up an assist Saturday in a win over Ottawa. He was plus-1, took two shots, and added a hit in the contest. Analysis: Jori Lehtera and teammates Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko remain as hot as any line in the league. The 26 year-old Finn is having a great rookie season with 19 points and a plus-13 in 19 games.
News: Jordan Caron was assigned to AHL Providence on Sunday. Analysis: Jordan Caron was recalled Saturday, but didn't play in the game and will now head back to AHL Providence. He has played in one game with the Bruins in 2014-15 but failed to record a point and posted a minus-1 rating. He has been much more productive at AHL Providence, where he has nine points (five goals, four assists) in nine games with the club.
News: Mike Smith will the starting goalie Sunday according to Coach Dave Tippet. Analysis: Mike Smith has been badly outplayed by backup Devan Dubnyk this year and although there is no sign of an imminent goalie controversy it is not sustainable for Smith to be so bad without losing playing time.
News: Manny Malhotra won 15 of 22 faceoffs in Saturday night's 2-0 win over the Bruins. Thirteen of those wins came in the defensive zone. Analysis: Manny Malhotra leads the NHL, having won 62 percent of his faceoffs.
News: Alexei Emelin had six hits in Saturday night's win over the Bruins. The Russian defenseman has 12 hits over the past two games. Analysis: Alexei Emelin, who leads the Canadiens with 61 hits, has doled out 28 over the last six games. He's ramped up the pace of his checking after totaling just 33 in the first 14 games played.
News: Bryan Allen made his Montreal debut in Saturday night's win over Boston. He rotated on the third defensive pairing, playing a total of 14:30 in the win. Analysis: Head coach Michel Therrien has been dressing seven defensemen of late, which has resulted in fewer than normal minutes for all of the blue-liners. That's something that can pay dividends over the long haul for older rear-guards like Sergei Gonchar (17:28) and Anrei Markov (18:44).
News: Bobby Ryan grabbed an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the visiting Blues. He now has points in four straight games. Analysis: Bobby Ryan has provided some much needed consistency for the Sens -- and fantasy owners -- of late, notching six points over the last seven games. Also, he's only posted one multi-point outing so far through the quarter pole of the season and his shooting percentage (10.9 percent) sits nearly three points below his career mark of 13.7, so there's room for growth for the former 35-goal scorer.
News: Stephen Weiss scored a pair of goals in two games with AHL Grand Rapids over the weekend. Analysis: Stephen Weiss looked as healthy as he's been since joining Detroit, and the Red Wings hopes he can stay that way as they call him up Sunday. It remains to be seen whether he'll be in the lineup Monday against Ottawa.