News: Patrik Berglund scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday in a loss San Jose. He was plus-1 with two shots and two hits on the night. Analysis: Patrik Berglund's offensive output has been disappointing this year with just 11 points in 32 games, although he has never been a big scorer. Regardless trade rumours surround the veteran Swede and how he responds could provide a boost to his owners.
News: Steve Ott scored his first goal of the season Saturday in a loss to San Jose on his only shot of the game. He added seven hits in 13:46 of ice time in the game. Analysis: Steve Ott is a veteran role player and penalty killer at this stage in his career, so offensive contributions aren't what the Blues are expecting from him. Fantasy owners should look at him the same way.
News: Keith Yandle picked up an assist Saturday in a loss to the Kings. He took one shot, registered two PIM, and blocked two shots on the night. Analysis: Keith Yandle's 21 points rank him 11th among defensemen as he once again shows he is among the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. He has picked up five points in his last eight games.
News: Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Jannik Hansen (undisclosed) should be able to play Monday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench in the second period of Sunday's game. He and spent the night in the hospital and didn't skate Sunday morning, both for precautionary reasons. However, it appears as though the reasoning behind the collapse was minor, and he should be fine moving forward.
News: Mike Brown has a broken right fibula and will miss six-to-eight weeks from the time of the fracture on Dec. 9, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Mike Brown was placed on injured reserve the day after the injury, indicating it was severe. Now that the injury has been revealed as a broken fibula, the timetable has been set at six-to-eight weeks, scheduling his return for late January or early February
News: Pavel Datsyuk scored the team's lone goal, on the power-play, in Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Avalanche. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk fired off seven shots on goal as he snapped a season-high three game drought without a point. The 36-year-old now has 24 points (13 goals) , and is at a higher than point-per-game pace.
News: Petr Mrazek made 22 saves on 23 shots, but allowed three goals in the shootout in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche. Analysis: Petr Mrazek also stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in relief on Friday against the Islanders, and has filled in well with Jimmy Howard sidelined with a lower body injury. The 22-year-old will likely start if Howard is out for an extended period of time.
News: Calvin Pickard stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Calvin Pickard's now allowed just one goal in each of his last three games, winning the last two to go to 6-5-2. He's played very well during Semyon Varlamov's absence, and should continue to see the majority of the action until he returns.
News: Brian Gionta left Sunday's game with an apparent head injury. Analysis: Brian Gionta took a nasty hit from Matt Bartkowski in the first period that sent him crashing to the ice. Marcus Foligno quickly intervened and fought with Bartkowski, who was ejected from the game for the hit. Gionta did not return to the game and has been ruled out for the remainder of the night.
News: Anton Stralman has just one point -- an assist -- in his last 11 games. Analysis: An offensive slow down was inevitable, but this is downright sluggish. Keep him on your bench. And scan the wire for a replacement -- you will likely need to find someone else if this slump continues.