News: Gabriel Landeskog was held pointless Saturday, but he picked up 10 PIM in a loss to the Wild. Analysis: Gabriel Landeskog, who has recorded six goals in his last nine games, also fired three shots on goal in Saturday's loss. Landeskog is impressing right now and considering the top-line forward has racked up 65 PIM on the season, he makes for a good all-around fantasy option.
News: Cody McLeod was dinged for 17 PIM in Saturday's loss to the Wild. Analysis: A spirited outing from Cody McLeod, who now has a whopping 167 PIM this season -- second-most in the NHL. While he's only produced nine points in 63 games, the 30-year-old piles up the PIM, making him worth owning in deep specialty leagues.
News: Justin Fontaine scored the game-winning goal Saturday against Colorado. Analysis: Justin Fontaine has been productive of late, compiling three goals and nine points in his last eight games. He's now got eight goals, 22 points and a plus-11 rating in 52 games on the season. He can be trusted in some very deep leagues, but considering he averages just 11:32 of ice time, the bottom-six forward doesn't hold much fantasy value.
News: Erik Haula recorded his second straight multi-point game Saturday, scoring his seventh goal of the season and picking up an assist in a win over Colorado. Analysis: While he's been hot these past two game, Erik Haula had recorded just one point in his previous 15 games. Considering he skates on the fourth line and has just 12 points in 55 games on the season, the 23-year-old currently only has fantasy value in the deepest of leagues.
News: Semyon Varlamov gave up three goals on 32 shots in Saturday's loss to the Wild. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov has now given up at least three goals in each of his last four games. The 26-year-old owns a 19-17-7 record on the season with a .917 save percentage and 2.69 GAA. He may be struggling a little right now, but he's played in a whopping 43 games and is the go-to-guy in Colorado. He'll rebound soon.
News: Devan Dubnyk was outstanding once again Saturday, stopping 33 of 34 shots in a win over Colorado. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk has won five of his last six games, allowing two goals or less in each of those contests. He's also suffered just two regulation losses in his last 16 games played. Simply remarkable. He's an automatic roll every game.
News: Nick Bjugstad snapped a five game pointless drought Saturday, finding twine for his 22nd goal of the season in a win over the Sabres. Analysis: The big center also skated just 12:38 in the matinee -- over four minutes lower than his TOI average this season -- so perhaps coach Gerard Gallant was sending him a message after a run of poor play. If that was indeed the case, it looks like it worked, as he also blasted seven shots on goal. Nick Bjugstad continues to lead the Panthers in goals (22), points (37), SOG (183), power-play points (11) and game-winning goals (three). Add all that to his 36 PIM -- which is fourth on the team -- and you've got a real fantasy asset on your hands in nearly every format.
News: Brad Malone recorded the game-winning goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Islanders. Analysis: After setting up the Canes' first goal of the game, Brad Malone pounced on a loose puck to beat goalie Chad Johnson with 2:12 remaining in the second period. It's the first two-point game of the season for Malone, who typically plies his trade on the fourth line.
News: Nikolay Kulemin netted a goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes. Analysis: After being held without a point for over a month, Nikolay Kulemin has now provided offense in his last three games, totaling a goal and three assists. Even so, there's not much value to be had in a player scoring at less a half-point-per-game pace on the season, especially while he retains a role on the Isles' third line.
News: Patrik Elias assisted on Andy Greene's game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: It's been a brutal season for Patrik Elias from both a health and performance perspective. In addition to missing 10 games, Elias has recorded 26 points and a minus-13 rating, both of which put him on track for career worsts in both categories. Despite his dropoff in productivity, Elias has at least been able to avoid long scoring droughts. He's gone no more than five games without a point this season.