News: Erik Cole (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Jets, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Erik Cole will miss his third straight game due to the injury. He's been able to practice the last few days, so he'll remain in the day-to-day camp for the time being, with a return to action perhaps coming next week.
News: Craig Anderson (hand) resumed skating Saturday morning, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: Craig Anderson remains unavailable for a second straight game Saturday against the Coyotes, but his return to the ice affirms that his injury is in the day-to-day category. He'll likely increase his activity during practices the next two days in preparation for a return to action Tuesday against the Devils.
News: Nicklas Grossmann (shoulder) will not return to the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports. Analysis: The Flyers suggested after Friday's practice that Nicklas Grossmann was closing in on a return to the lineup, but his shoulder is apparently still bugging him enough that the team decided to keep him out for another game. The rearguard last suited up for the Flyers on Jan. 8.
News: Kris Russell is dealing with an illness and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's match against the Oilers. Analysis: Kris Russell is suffering from the flu and was unable to skate Saturday morning. The team will see if he can notice enough progress in his recovery over the afternoon to give it a go against the Oilers, but Tyler Wotherspoon would enter the lineup in the event the blueliner can't play.
News: Coach Mike Johnston said that while Christian Ehrhoff hasn't been formally diagnosed with a concussion, the defenseman continues to experience symptoms indicative of the head injury, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: It appears safe to rule Christian Ehrhoff out of Sunday's game against the Predators at this point, but the Penguins haven't closed the door on him joining the team for their Western Canada road trip that kicks off Wednesday in Edmonton. He'll have to take the ice for a practice or two before the Penguins would probably even consider him as an option for the trip.
News: Nathan MacKinnon dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Nashville. Analysis: The two points snapped a three-game scoring drought for Nathan MacKinnon, who now has nine goals and 29 points in 50 games. While he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, the Avs are playing good hockey right now, picking up at least one point in six of their last seven games. MacKinnon's only 19, so we wouldn't give up on him just yet this season. His whopping 152 shots on goal indicate more goals are on the way. Patience is a virtue.
News: Mike Ribeiro took a break from scoring Friday, racking up 22 PIM in a loss to Colorado. Analysis: While Mike Ribeiro has 43 points (33 assists) in 48 games this season, he is also now among the league's top-100 PIM leaders. Producing at basically a point-per-game pace and sporting a steady plus-15 rating, Ribeiro is worth owning in most formats.
News: Marek Mazanec gave up two goals on 27 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado. Analysis: It was a good effort from Marek Mazanec, who got no offensive support in the shutout loss. It was the first start of the season for the 23-year-old, who had been giving way to Carter Hutton in Pekka Rinne's (knee) absence. Considering Hutton has given up seven goals in his last two starts, Mazanec could be worth a temporary pick-up until Rinne returns.
News: Semyon Varlamov stopped all 23 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Nashville. Analysis: A perfect outing for the workhorse, who has started 14 of the Avs' past 15 games. Semyon Varlamov is now 13-10-7 on the season with a .922 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. He's delivered some consistency play of late, allowing more than three goals just once in his last 10 appearances. Considering he's starting almost every game for an Avs team that has picked up at least one point in six of their last seven games, Varlamov is a great own in almost all formats.
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) resumed skating Saturday morning, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Per the Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson, Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a groin injury. While he seemed to be encouraged by Saturday's session, he has already ruled himself out for Sunday's tilt with Nashville. On a more positive note, Malkin does plan to travel with the team for its road trip beginning Wednesday in Edmonton, and it stands to reason he'll be available immediately if he endures no further setbacks during his subsequent practices. The Penguins have been using Brandon Sutter as their second-line center during Malkin's absence.