News: Mark Fistric logged an assist late in the third period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Mark Fistric's second point with the team and snaps a 10-game-long pointless streak for him.
News: Tim Jackman registered an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist is Tim Jackman's first in his six games since being traded to the Ducks. This productivity may be a sign that Jackman is getting accustomed to his new team's style of play.
News: Patrick Maroon picked up an assist during the second period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps an 11-game-long pointless streak and gives Patrick Maroon a total of five points this season.
News: Saku Koivu netted an assist early in the first period of a 5-2 defeat of the Blues on Saturday. Analysis: Saturday's assist snaps a three-game-long pointless streak for Saku Koivu.
News: Gabriel Bourque has just a single assist in his last five games, skating on the Preds' second line alongside Craig Smith and David Legwand. Analysis: Gabriel Bourque had a very productive second half of November with seven points in as many games (3G, 4A), however his offense appears to have dried up since then. Overall, he's really more of a third line player being forced to play a top-six role due to the Preds' lack of offensive depth. With 11 points in 27 games so far this season, he should surpass his previous career-high of 19 points two seasons ago, but at this rate he will be hard-pressed to crack the 30-point barrier by the end of the season.
News: Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) will play Sunday against the Panthers, ESPNChicago.com reports. Analysis: After Andrew Shaw "aggravated pain" in his upper-body region Tuesday, he sat Thursday and Friday, but apparently the pain has subsided enough to where he can give it a go against Florida. His return will bump Marcus Kruger back down to the fourth line.
News: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Sunday that James Wisniewski's upper-body injury will sideline him for "about a week." Analysis: It was previously announced that James Wisniewski would miss at least two games after suffering an upper-body injury Friday, but it sounds like he may miss all four of the team's games next week. The Jackets are expected to add a defenseman from the AHL prior to Monday's tilt.
News: Radek Dvorak has just three assists in his last 10 games, skating on the Canes' third line with Jiri Tlusty and Manny Malhotra. Analysis: Radek Dvorak's offensive struggles are compounded by the fact that he only sees 11-12 minutes per game with no real power play time. His fantasy value is currently limited to ultra deep formats only.
News: Matt Calvert (upper body) will play Monday against the Penguins. Analysis: The upper-body injury that forced Matt Calvert from Friday's game is evidently not serious, as he will suit up for Monday's game against the Pens. He should be available for his normal run barring a last-minute setback.
News: Nathan Gerbe recorded an assist during Friday's 5-3 win over the Sharks, just his second point in his last 10 games. Analysis: Nathan Gerbe is still averaging a healthy 17:38 per game for the season to date, skating on the Canes' second line alongside Jordan Staal and rookie Elias Lindholm. However with just 12 points in 30 games thus far, his fantasy value is limited to very deep formats only.