Anton Stralman
Bolts' Stralman Poised For More Ice Time
Anton Stralman, D, TB
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News: Anton Stralman is poised to see an increase in ice time in all situations now that Matt Carle is scheduled for surgery on a torn abductor muscle.
Analysis: Carle is slated to be out six-to-eight weeks, so the pillars on the Bolts' blue line will see extra duty to support some of the younger players. Anton Stralman should be able to sustain his current offensive pace in this situation and that makes him a solid fantasy activation until season's end.

Shea Weber
Preds' Weber Wins Hardest Shot Competition
Shea Weber, D, NSH
News: Shea Weber won the Hardest Shot competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Columbus on Saturday.
Analysis: He fired the puck at 108.5 mph, just 0.3 mph off Zdeno Chara's record (2012). There were plenty of nods and murmurs among the other all stars, so perhaps this win will buy Shea Weber a few more lanes to the net for that shot. No-one will want to stand in front of one of those.

Clayton Stoner
Ducks' Stoner Expected To Play Next Week
Clayton Stoner, D, ANA
News: Coach Bruce Boudreau said that he expects Clayton Stoner (lower body) to be available when the Ducks resume play the Canucks on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Clayton Stoner was a late scratch for the Ducks' final game before the All-Star break this past Wednesday due to the lower-body ailment, which he sustained the previous weekend against the Kings. It appears to be just a minor concern for Stoner, whose availability for the game against the Canucks should be confirmed when he returns to practice Monday.

Stephen Johns
Hawks' Prospect Johns Suffers Knee Injury
Stephen Johns, D, CHI
News: Stephen Johns, who is considered one of the top Blackhawks' top prospects at AHL Rockford, suffered a knee injury on Monday and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The 22-year-old defenseman suffered a head injury Nov. 26 that forced him to miss nearly two months. After his return last week, he skated in only three games before being dealt yet another setback on the health front. He has six assists and is plus-13 in 23 games with Rockford, his first season as a pro after finishing four years at the University of Notre Dame.

David Rundblad
Hawks' Rundblad Making His Mark In First Half
David Rundblad, D, CHI
News: David Rundblad has been showing some good stuff in the first half as one of the last pair of defensemen on the Blackhawks, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago.
Analysis: David Rundblad scored goals in back-to-back games earlier this week and has collected three goals and six assists in 27 games this season. The games skated is the most in his six seasons in the NHL, including stints with Ottawa and Arizona. Bowman gave Rundblad raves so far this season, but it will be interesting once rookie defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk returns from a leg injury which could be as early as mid-February. "I think David has probably grabbed the reins the most of all those guys," Bowman said. "He's (Rundblad) really shown he's kind of emerged as a guy that's getting more comfortable. He's always had the talent. I think as a young defenseman it's trying to gain the game-to-game confidence. He's moved from the left side to the right side. Having not only not played the left side much, that was an adjustment for him, but I thought he got pretty good at it."

Ryan Murray
Jackets' Murray (Knee) Could Be Cleared Next Week
Ryan Murray, D, CLB
News: General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Ryan Murray (knee) could be cleared to return next week, Shawn Mitchell of the COlumbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Ryan Murray resumed practicing almost two weeks ago and would seem to be progressing steadily in his recovery from the knee issue, which has been problematic since he underwent arthroscopic surgery in March. The rearguard was limited to just four games before his knee starting bothering him again, which has kept him out of the lineup since Nov. 1. The Blue Jackets will proceed cautiously with bringing him back in the fold due to the multiple setbacks he's already suffered with his knee, but it does appear likely we'll see him back in action again at some point in February.

Derrick Pouliot
Pens Reassign Pouliot
Derrick Pouliot, D, PIT
News: Derrick Pouliot was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Derrick Pouliot had been subbing in for Kris Letang, who missed the game with a head injury. Letang's odds of being able to play immediately after the break don't appear promising at this juncture, so there's a good chance Pouliot will return to the parent club in short order.

Scott Harrington
Pens Reassign Harrington
Scott Harrington, D, PIT
News: Scott Harrington was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It's just a measure to get the young blueliner some playing time while the NHL breaks for the All-Star Game. Scott Harrington is still looking for his first point in nine games this season.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Vlasic Adds Assist In Sharks Win
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJ
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist, a pair of shots, and 26:03 in ice time in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
Analysis: Marc-Edouard Vlasic enters the All-Star break with six goals and 10 assists on the season. He's tied a career high in goals and is just shy of a career-pace for points. He's having a solid season, but remains a ways from being a top tier fantasy option on the blue line.

Xavier Ouellet
Wings' Ouellet Has Sore Wrist
Xavier Ouellet, D, DET
News: Xavier Ouellet is nursing a sore wrist,'s Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: The injury will prevent Xavier Ouellet from participating in the AHL All-Star Game while the Red Wings are on break, but it doesn't sound like the team is viewing it as a long-term concern. Ouellet could be cleared to practice when the Red Wings reconvene Monday, and if he's able to do so, he would likely be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Panthers.

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