Brendan Gallagher RW MON 48 Mins
Gallagher set up both Montreal goals in a 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday night.
He's chugging along at about the same pace he delivered last year (41 points in 81 games). We'd like to see a bit more growth in his game and it might just be coming -- seven of those 12 points have come in his last eight games. Take advantage -- he might even be available at a slightly depressed rate if you can snag him in a trade.
Roman Polak D TOR 51 Mins
Polak (ankle) will undergo an MRI on Sunday, but head coach Randy Carlyle expects the blueliner to be out a while, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Polak has been one of the Leafs' best defenders this season, so this is an tough blow. Perhaps Sunday's MRI will reveal encouraging news, but Carlyle was not optimistic after the game.
Tomas Plekanec C MON 58 Mins
Plekanec scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Bruins.
He's having a strong year and is on pace for his first 60-plus point season since 2009-10. Use him well.
Carey Price G MON 1 Hr
Price made 33 saves in a 2-0 win over the Bruins on Saturday night. It was his 27th career shutout.
He's 6-1 in his last seven starts, but his overall ratios (2.49, .917) heading into Saturday's game have been good, but not great. At some point, we may need to have a discussion that Price isn't quite as good a fantasy goalie as he is on the ice. But we're not ready for that just yet.
Braden Holtby G WAS 1 Hr
Holtby made 24 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night.
He's look good of late and despite his 7-5-2 record, his overall game has been better than last year. Barry Trotz has had a good influence on that; fantasy owners would love to see some more wins, though. They should come. Use him.
Matt Niskanen D WAS 1 Hr
Niskanen scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Buffalo. It took him 20 games to notch the goal.
The Caps thought they were getting so much more when they inked him this summer, especially after last year's 10-goal, 46-point effort. So far, he has just six points and cannot be trusted to deliver fantasy value ... at least at this point.
Martin Hanzal C PHO 1 Hr
Hanzal (lower body) was not on the ice for warmups and will not play Saturday, the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan reports.
Hanzal is seemingly close to a return after participating in Saturday's morning skate. He could play Sunday against Anaheim if all goes well.
Matt Moulson LW BUF 1 Hr
Moulson scored just his third goal of the season in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
He's struggled to pick up points this year in Buffalo, but his game has started to warm up on his last five (two goals, four assists). Roll him if you've been holding onto him -- you have to take advantage of bursts like this.
Antti Niemi G SAN 1 Hr
As expected, Niemi will start Saturday against Arizona.
Niemi has been tagged with five losses in his last six appearances, though the poor record is due in large part to some lackluster offensive support from the guys ahead of him.
Jhonas Enroth G BUF 1 Hr
Enroth stopped 43 shots in a 2-1 win over Washington on Saturday night. He earned the game's first star for his work.
Wins are hard to come by in the land of deep snow. And the team doesn't play much defence to help their goalies. So we're recommending a stay-away approach for the foreseeable future. You don't need an anchor on your fantasy squad.