News: Lubomir Visnovsky will be a healthy scratch Saturday for the Islanders, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Analysis: The Islanders and Lubomir Visnovsky played Friday so this may be a case where coach Jack Capuano doesn't want the veteran defenseman to play back to back nights. The truth however is that Capuano has benched Visnovsky on quite a few occasions as he seems to look for any excuse to get Brian Strait in the lineup.
News: Brandon McMillan was placed on waivers Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Brandon McMillan continued to practice with the Canucks after the transaction was announced, so there's a chance he could remain with the club even after he clears waivers Sunday. The team was likely motivated to make the move in an attempt to free up salary cap space ahead of Monday's trade deadline.
News: Cam Ward will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Analysis: The Hurricanes elected to rest Cam Ward on Friday against the Capitals so he could be honored in a pregame ceremony for his 500th career appearance in the NHL, which he made in Tuesday's win over the Flyers. Though Anton Khudobin spun his first shutout of the season in Friday's win, Ward won't be bypassed for a start, as he's been quite excellent in his own right of late. Ward has won his last three starts while conceding a total of five goals, though none of the team he faced during that stretch were as strong as the squad he'll match up with Saturday.
News: Chad Johnson will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes. Analysis: After Jaroslav Halak received the nod a night earlier against Calgary, Chad Johnson will draw the cushier matchup of the back-to-back against the Hurricanes, who sport the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. After struggling for much of the earlier portion of the season during his spot starts, Johnson has righted the ship in February. In his four turns this month, he's gone 2-1-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .953 save percentage.
News: Updating a previous report, Brendan Smith (arm) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Earlier reports indicated that Brendan Smith wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, but he apparently surfaced later during the skate and convinced the Red Wings he was sufficiently healthy. As a result, AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will head to the press box while Smith plays in his 56th match of the season.
News: Brett Bellemore scored his first goal of the season and collected five PIM in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Brett Bellemore now has six points and a plus-3 rating in 33 games on the season. Considering the defenseman averages just 15:32 of ice time and has only recorded 16 shots on goal, Bellmore is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: David Schlemko was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: The move was likely made with the impending trade deadline in mind, as David Schlemko's removal from the 23-man roster would give the Stars more cap room to work with. Expect Schlemko to pass through waivers unclaimed and report to AHL Texas on Sunday.
News: Rob Zepp was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Since the Flyers aren't able to assign Rob Zepp to AHL Lehigh Valley until he clears waivers Sunday, look for the goalie to stick around in a backup capacity behind Steve Mason for Saturday's game against the Rangers. Once Ray Emery (lower body) is activated from injured reserve -- which could happen within the next few days -- Zepp would more than likely head back to the minors.
News: Jaromir Jagr will make his Panthers debut Saturday against the Predators, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: During pregame warmups, Jaromir Jagr was spotted skating alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov on what is projected to be the Panthers' second line. Jagr, who accumulated 11 goals and 29 points in 57 games with the Devils this season, also figures to see time on the power play in his debut with his new squad.
News: Ryan Ellis will not be in the lineup Saturday against the Red Wings. Analysis: After missing more than a month and a half with a lower-body injury, Ryan Ellis returned to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, seeing 11:29 of ice time, which was about eight minutes fewer than his season average. It's not clear if he suffered an injury setback during that contest, or if coach Peter Laviolette is simply making him a healthy scratch Saturday. Regardless, Victor Bartley will replace him on the Preds' third pairing, where he'll skate next to Seth Jones.