News: Pekka Rinne gave up five goals on 27 shots in Saturday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: It wasn't a good night for Pekka Rinne, who was bailed out by Nashville's offense in the win. The 32-year-old has now won 11 of his past 14 games, never allowing more than three even-strength goals in any start this season. With a 21-6-1 record, to go with a .933 save percentage and 1.87 GAA, Rinne is simply one of the league's best. He's a must-start every game.
News: Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and assisted on another in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Ottawa. He has points in three straight games. Analysis: Alex Galchenyuk is making a home for himself, centering the Habs' top line. He has four goals and two assists in his three-game run.
News: Max Pacioretty (upper body) played 18:48 in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Ottawa. He had two assists and three hits. Analysis: Max Pacioretty was touch-and-go after getting shoved into the boards in Thursday's loss to the Ducks. His quick recovery is good news and even better still, the two assists. He has five assists in the previous three games.
News: Michael Raffl bagged a goal and a helper in Saturday's 7-4 win over Toronto. Analysis: He must have read our last post and adjusted his offense as a result. Still, he'll need more consistent production to become a regular fixture in fantasy formats. But if he happened to be in your lineup, two points are always nice. The question is, "Why is he in your lineup?"
News: Matt Read bagged two helpers in Saturday's 7-4 win over Toronto. Analysis: Matt Read hasn't had a noteworthy year, and he's on pace for just 32 points. If he reaches that mark, it would be his worst offensive showing in a full season at the NHL level. Adjust your roster accordingly.
News: Sean Couturier scored and assisted in Saturday's 7-4 win over Toronto. Analysis: Sean Couturier has 12 points in 16 road games, and just five in 16 home games. The Flyers have seven more games left in this current road trip. Set your lineup accordingly.
News: Scott Laughton scored a goal and finished plus-3 in the offensive onslaught in Saturday's 7-4 win over Toronto. Analysis: The 20-year-old center doesn't figure into many lineups right now, but he's a solid stash in keeper leagues.
News: Jack Skille scored his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Jack Skille now has five goals and six points in 28 games, to go with a minus-7 rating. Skating on the third line, the 27-year-old appears destined to reach the 10-goal mark for the first time in his career. Not known as a key offensive contributor, Skille should only be owned in the deepest of leagues.
News: Patrick Sharp sniped his fifth goal of the season and recorded a game-high seven shots on goal in Saturday's loss to Columbus. Analysis: A dominant outing from Patrick Sharp, who has now collected two goals in his past three games, recording 14 shots on goal in that span. Sharp may currently be skating on the third line, but he is playing on the top power-play unit and will likely be moved back into the top-six soon. The 32-year-old has put 12 points in 19 games on the season, making him a reliable fantasy option on a Hawks team sitting second in the Western Conference.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky was outstanding Saturday against Chicago, stopping 39 of 41 shots in regulation, before denying eight of nine Blackhawks' shooters in the shootout for a 3-2 victory. Analysis: After allowing five goals in a loss to Washington Thursday, Sergei Bobrovsky got right back on track Saturday, shutting down a Blackhawks team that had won 10 of their last 11 games. The 26-year-old has now won eight of his last nine game, with Thursday's loss to Washington marking the only time in December the Russian has allowed more than three goals in a game. He's an automatic roll every night he gets the call.