News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics. Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.
News: Sidney Crosby finished pointless with a minus-3 rating Saturday against the Flyers. Analysis: Linemate, Chris Kunitz, was a late scratch. After the first period, Pittsburgh tried pairing Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin, but the Pens couldn't get anything going against a hungry Flyers team.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Analysis: The Penguins came out as flat as they have all year long. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury made numerous stops to keep the game, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Of course, that's of little consolation to fantasy owners.
News: Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes when the Wild take to the ice on Saturday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's win over the Rangers. The netminder has been solid all year for Minnesota, and will look to continue where he left off Thursday when he takes the ice against the Jackets on Saturday.
News: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Chris Kunitz (leg) has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Chris Kunitz missed Saturday's game (also against the Flyers) but it's quite clear that he's merely day-to-day. While a Sunday return is up in the air, it sounds like he should be back during the upcoming week, at the very least.
News: David Krejci piled on three assists and skated to a plus-4 in Saturday's 5-1 rout of the Hurricanes at TD Garden. Analysis: David Krejci's helpers were spread out Saturday, as he grabbed one in each of the game's three periods. This is his third three-point game of the season and his assist total now sits at 43, good for eighth in the NHL. Even more impressive is his spectacular plus-31 rating, second in the league only to teammate and fellow-Olympian Patrice Bergeron. He's an elite disher on the best team in the Eastern Conference so he should stay locked into your lineup for the rest of the year.
News: Corey Crawford will be in goal for Sunday's game against the Red Wings, CSN's Tracey Myers reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford lost his last time out, but he has been remarkably consistent over the last few weeks -- the last time he gave up more than three goals in a game was Jan. 22. Crawford will take on a Red Wings squad that has scored a total of just three goals over its last three games.
News: The Red Wings recalled Jordin Tootoo to replace Todd Bertuzzi following his lower body injury, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports. Analysis: Jordin Tootoo will likely be a temporary replacement for Bertuzzi while he recovers from a lower body injury. The 31 year-old has played ten games with Detroit this season and only tallied one point.
News: Brooks Orpik blocked a team-leading seven shots and added six hits Saturday in Philadelphia. Analysis: Over his last four games, the veteran defenseman has compiled 14 blocks and 22 hits. Brooks Orpik has lost a step or two but still has the ability to play a physical brand of hockey.
News: Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for Sunday's game against the Panthers, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Eddie Lack has struggled a bit over his last five starts, but he will have a chance to get back on track Sunday against a Panthers squad that currently sits 25th in the league with 2.37 goals per game.