News: The Sharks dealt Jason Demers and a future third-round draft pick to the Stars on Friday in exchange for Brenden Dillon, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Jason Demers will help the Stars fill a need in adding a right-handed defenseman with some puck-moving ability to their ranks, which should only help the team's speedy forwards start to pick up their production. The 26-year-old, who was off to a slow start with the Sharks with only three points in 20 games, could also see some time on the power-play.
News: The Stars traded Brenden Dillon to the Sharks on Friday in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a future third-round draft pick, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Though he doesn't offer as much puck-moving ability as Demers, the 26-year-old Brenden Dillon's ample size (6-foot-4, 225 lbs.) will add some bulk to a Sharks blue line that figures to carve out a regular role for him. After missing much of training camp in a contract dispute, Dillon was rough to rotten start to the season with the Stars, generating no goals and one assist over 20 games.
News: Mike Brown (hand) resumed practicing with the Sharks on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: Mike Brown has been sidelined since mid-October with the hand injury, but his presence at practice would make it seem that he's nearing the end of his recovery timetable. He'd likely fill a role in the Sharks' bottom six once he's activated from injured reserve.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (groin) has been ruled out from playing Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: There was some hope that Pavel Datsyuk might suit up Saturday after he was able to get in a skate Thursday morning, but it appears the forward still needs some additional time to get back to full health. He'll miss his third straight game with an injury and turn his attention to returning Monday against Ottawa.
News: Jimmy Howard will be in the crease Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard was rested Thursday in favor of youngster Petr Mrazek, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he'll step back into the net Saturday. He's played like one of the very best netminders in the league this season, ranking in the league's top 10 in both GAA (1.97) and save percentage (.924).
News: Jonas Hiller will start in net Tuesday against the Ducks, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: The Flames laid out their goalie plan through next Wednesday, slotting in Jonas Hiller on Tuesday. He will carry a a 2.45 GAA and .914 save percentage into the matchup, looking to reach a double-digit win total on the season.
News: Alex Tanguay has been ruled out indefinitely with a facial fracture, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy noted that Alex Tanguay avoided a fractured jaw in Thursday's loss to the Capitals, but he's still be forced out action for an undetermined length of time as a result of the fracture. The Avs will have to wait and see how much progress Tanguay makes in the next few days before having a clearer idea of when he might return. In any event, it looks like the Avs could be without their leading goal scorer for multiple games.
News: Cody Eakin scored a goal for the second consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: After a nine-game scoring skid, Cody Eakin's found his offensive game again, but that's come along with mighty struggles in faceoffs -- he's won just 15 of 44 over the last two games. Still, most fantasy formats are more concerned with the points, and Eakin should put up enough of those to be viable in deep formats.
News: Ales Hemsky handed out a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Arizona. Analysis: While it's nice to see that the veteran winger now has three helpers in his last three games, he only owns four assists for the season and has yet to score a goal. Fantasy owners in most leagues can probably do better than the injury-prone Ales Hemsky.
News: Mike Smith took his fifth consecutive loss Thursday, giving up three goals on 27 shots against the Stars. Analysis: Two days after posting a respectable performance in an overtime loss to Washington, Mike Smith got back to putting up unpleasant stat lines. At this point, Devan Dubnyk -- who's easily outplayed Smith, especially lately -- has to be getting serious consideration for some extended run in goal.