Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw went berserk Thursday in a win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's good to know Shaw (two goals, four shots, +3) still exists after going almost two months without scoring. Thursday was Shaw's second multi-goal effort of the season. We'll see if the resurgence continues Sunday versus Buffalo.
Description: Don't look now. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is heating up.
Insight: Toews contributed two goals in Thursday's win against Columbus. That gives him five tallies in his last three appearances. Toews' +24 rating this season ties him with Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm for 15th in the league.
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) left Monday's practice with groin pain which isn't good for a guy who has sports hernia surgery around Christmas time.
Insight: Weiss was trying to rush back because of all the injuries the Red Wings have had to deal with at center. He has two goals and two assists in 26 games which simply isn't enough production to be a viable fantasy option.
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Thursday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game in the second period. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so. His fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Description: Leafs center Tyler Bozak netted two goals including the game-winner Wednesday against New York.
Insight: Wednesday was a night of firsts for Bozak. The penalty shot he made on Henrik Lundqvist was the first of his career while Bozak's overtime goal was also his first in 278 career games. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto.
Description: The NHL trade deadline passed Wednesday and Ryan Kesler is still wearing a Vancouver Canucks uniform.
Insight: Multiple teams were reportedly interested in Kesler (21 G, 18 A, 212 SOG), but the Canucks didn't pull the trigger. He'll remain on a Vancouver team that just traded Roberto Luongo and will be without Daniel Sedin (lower body) indefinitely. A trade certainly could have helped his fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Description: Martin St. Louis has arrived in Toronto for Wednesday's game and will be available to play for the Rangers, according to Mitch Kerzner of TSN.
Insight: St. Louis was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and draft picks on Wednesday morning. He proved that he can still produce with anyone on his line, as he has put up 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games despite superstar center Steven Stamkos missing most of the year.
Description: The Capitals included D Rostislav Klesla in their trade with the Sabres for Jaroslav Halak, according to the Sabres on Twitter.
Insight: Klesla was acquired from Phoenix for Martin Erat Tuesday and never played for Washington. He has just one goal and four points in 25 games this season. There's nothing to get excited about here.
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm exited Tuesday's game with headaches and will be tested for a concussion, according to the Red Wings on Twitter.
Insight: Detroit is dealing with injuries to centers Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Helm, which led to it trading for David Legwand Wednesday. Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries.
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen hasn't produced a point since Jan. 27.
Insight: Nielsen, who returned from a broken hand two games ago, is on a seven-game drought. He has 18 goals, 43 points and 120 SOG in 62 games, but his numbers probably will take a hit with John Tavares out for the season and Thomas Vanek traded.
Description: Goalie Jaroslav Halak wasn't in Buffalo for long. He's on the move again, this time to the Washington Capitals. SOURCE: Bob McKenzie, TSN
Insight: Halak never played a game for the Sabres after being traded from the Blues. He'll presumably will replace Braden Holtby as Washington's starter. The Caps are a below-average defensive team but nowhere near as terrible as Buffalo.
Description: Reto Berra has been moved from the Flames to the Avalanche, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
Insight: The 27-year-old Berra (2.95 GAA, .897 SV%) split starts with Karri Ramo (2.66 GAA, .908 SV%) this season and will serve as Colorado's next man up should Semyon Varlamov or Jean-Sebastien-Gigure get injured.
Description: Center David Legwand has landed in his native Detroit after playing 956 games in Nashville.
Insight: The Red Wings' center position has been decimated by injuries to Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm. The 33-year-old Legwand has 10 goals, 30 assists and 107 SOG this season.
Description: The Islanders have traded Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) was not going to re-sign with the Islanders after the season so the team was forced to trade him. His fantasy value doesn't change much, though it will be good for him to play for a team with playoff aspirations.
Description: The Sabres have dealt Matt Moulson to the Minnesota Wild along with Cody McCormick for Torrey Mitchell and draft picks. SOURCE: Buffalo News
Insight: Moulson will be a free agent after the season. The 30-year-old has 38 points in 55 games this season, including 29 in 44 games since joining the Sabres from the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek trade. It's unclear who Moulson will skate with, but he'll certainly be in a better fantasy situation than before.
Description: The Oilers have traded defenseman Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Insight: Fedor Tyutin suffered an ankle injury during the Olympics and is out 2-3 weeks and rookie Ryan Murray left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, so the Blue Jackets needed depth. Schultz has zero goals and just four assists in 60 games this season.
Description: The Canadiens have grabbed goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Predators for future considerations, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. UPDATE: Dubnyk has been sent to the AHL.
Insight: The move is a sign that Carey Price isn't ready to return and won't be for at least a few games. Dubnyk, the former starter in Edmonton, played just two games with the Predators after being traded in mid-January and allowed nine goals on 60 shots. The Canadiens will keep Dustin Tokarski to back up Peter Budaj until Price returns.
Description: The Canucks have placed winger Daniel Sedin (lower body) on injured reserve. He's out indefinitely, according to tsn.ca.
Insight: Sedin was hit into the boards by Ottawa's Marc Methot and appeared to be favoring his knee during Sunday's game. Sedin has been ice cold since early January, posting just one point in his last 17 games, and now he may miss the rest of the season.
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is done for the season with an abdominal injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backstrom had sports hernia surgery last offseason and had a terrible year, losing his job to Josh Harding and dealing with several injuries. With Harding out indefinitely due to multiple sclerosis, Darcy Kuemper (11-3-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%) is now the full-time starter, with newly acquired Ilya Bryzgalov backing him up.
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos met with doctors Wednesday and was given medical clearance to return to action Thursday against the Sabres. SOURCE: Stamkos' official Twitter
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. He'll return to a changed landscape in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning traded longtime forward Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan on Wednesday. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate.
Description: The Rangers have acquired Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-rounder and a 2014 second-rounder in a swap of captains, according to TSN.
Insight: St. Louis proved this season that he can still produce with anyone on his line, as he has put up 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games despite superstar center Steven Stamkos missing most of the year.
Description: Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens has gone 4-4-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .941 SV% since joining Edmonton.
Insight: Scrivens is doing some amazing things in the Oilers' net despite having one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL in front of him. He was equally as strong with the Kings, a much better defensive team, earlier this season and leads the NHL with a .935 SV%.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza scored his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Edmonton.
Insight: Spezza has delivered eight points in his last six games and has 47 points in 57 games this season. His -23 differential damages his fantasy value, however, and he would benefit from a trade before Wednesday's deadline.
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin still hasn't allowed more than three goals in any game this season.
Insight: Khudobin received a two-year contract extension from the Hurricanes on Tuesday and then allowed just two goals on 37 shots in an overtime win at San Jose. He's 14-8-0 with a 2.16 GAA and a .928 SV% this season and should start the majority of Carolina's games for the rest of the season.
Description: Sharks right wing Brent Burns scored his first goal since Jan. 5 Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: Burns only has eight points in his last 24 games, bringing him to 31 points in 50 games this season. With 177 SOG and a +22 rating he's still a fantasy option, especially if he has blue-line eligibility in your league.
Description: Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson made 36 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Insight: The 23-year-old Nilsson has started the last two games after Evgeni Nabokov was shelled for five goals in 40 minutes Saturday. The Islanders are playing for the future so Nilsson may see the majority of the starts down the stretch, but New York's defense isn't very good and Nilsson's AHL stats were unimpressive the last two seasons.
Description: St. Louis right wing Alexander Steen has recorded three points in his last two games.
Insight: Steen had just one point in his previous seven games entering March. The 30-year-old has had his best season, scoring a career-high 29 goals and putting up 49 points, two off his career high, in 50 games.
Description: Colorado wouldn't have won without Erik Johnson Tuesday against Chicago.
Insight: Johnson had his finger prints all over this win. Not only did he lead the Avs with three assists, but he was also the team's best defender with five blocked shots. The former No. 1 overall pick has 28 points in 60 appearances this season (eight goals, 20 assists).
Description: There's a very good chance that Vancouver will trade center Ryan Kesler before Wednesday's deadline. He won't be going to the Rangers, however, as Kesler has refused to waive his no-trade clause to play for the Blue Shirts. SOURCE: Larry Brooks, New York Post
Insight: Could you imagine Kesler on a line with Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin? Well don't bother because it's not happening. Kesler (21 G, 18 A in 62 games) is sure to be a fantasy asset wherever he ends up, even if that means staying with the Canucks.
Description: New Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas (leg) is expected to return in around two weeks, according to Renaud Lavoie of Le Journal de Montreal.
Insight: The 37-year-old blueliner hasn't played since Nov. 29 due to a broken leg and was traded from Dallas to Anaheim Tuesday. When Robidas returns, he'll play with Francois Beauchemin on the Ducks' top defensive pairing, but he probably won't have much fantasy value because Cam Fowler is the Ducks' top power-play defenseman.
Description: The Capitals have traded winger Martin Erat and prospect John Mitchelle to Phoenix for defenseman Rostislav Klesla, prospect Chris Brown and a fourth-round pick in 2015, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Erat has skated just 14:44 per game this season and produced one goal, 23 assists and 46 SOG in 53 games for the Caps. His fantasy value can only improve through the trade, but that doesn't mean he'll be a fantasy option.
Description: The Bruins and Ducks are both in on Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be dealt before tomorrow's trade deadline. SOURCE: David Pagnotta, TheFourthPeriod.com
Insight: With no guarantee that Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) will re-sign as a free agent this summer, it makes sense for the Islanders to deal him now so they can at least get something in return. Boston acquired Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline last season and could make another big splash at this year's deadline. Acquiring Vanek would certainly qualify.
Description: The Islanders traded defenseman Andrew MacDonald to the Philadelphia Flyers for two draft picks on Tuesday.
Insight: MacDonald has 24 points (four goals), 34 PIM, 72 SOG and a -19 differential in 63 games this season. He'll fill valuable minutes on the blue line for Philadelphia but will lose fantasy value as he'll have to take a back seat to Kimmo Timonen and Mark Streit on the power play.
Description: The Oilers acquired Viktor Fasth from the Ducks on Tuesday for two draft picks.
Insight: Fasth has played just five games this season and zero since Nov. 18 due to injuries after going 15-6-2 with a 2.18 GAA and a .921 SV% as a rookie in 2012-13. He'll serve as a backup to Ben Scrivens.
Description: The Oilers traded Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday for a fourth-rounder.
Insight: Bryzgalov went 5-8-5 with a 3.01 GAA And a .908 SV% over 20 games in Edmonton. The Wild were in need of a backup to rookie Darcy Kuemper (11-3-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%) with Niklas Backstrom dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness and Josh Harding still on injured reserve due to illness. Edmonton acquired Viktor Fasth from the Ducks Tuesday to back up Ben Scrivens.
Description: The Ducks traded Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals Tuesday. Anaheim got back a fourth-round draft pick.
Insight: Penner had 21 points (nine goals), a +17 rating and 51 SOG his first 22 games this season, but he only put up 11 points, a +5 and 49 SOG in his last 27. He's unlikely to gain more fantasy value with Washington, as he was skating with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in Anaheim, unless the Caps give him power-play time.
Description: Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has been sent from the Florida Panthers to the Vancouver Canucks in the Roberto Luongo trade.
Insight: The 24-year-old was considered Florida's goalie of the future, but he has gone 11-25-5 with a 3.21 GAA and an .898 SV% in 43 career appearances. Markstrom will be serving as a backup to Eddie Lack on the Canucks, so there's no immediate need to add him in fantasy leagues.
Description: The Canucks have traded goaltender Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony to the Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
Insight: Luongo (19-16-6, 2.38 GAA, .917 SV%) played with the Panthers from 2000-06 before being traded to Vancouver. Joining a middling defensive team like Florida won't do much for his fantasy value. It also doesn't make much sense for Florida to pick up a 34-year-old goalie with eight years still remaining on his contract after this season.
Description: Canucks coach John Tortorella said winger Daniel Sedin (leg) "will be out for a while," according to the Canucks on Twitter.
Insight: Sedin was hit into the boards by Ottawa's Marc Methot and appeared to be favoring his knee during Sunday's game. As usual, Tortorella refused to get into the specifics of the injury. Sedin has been ice cold since early January, posting just one point in his last 17 games.
Description: Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson will not play Tuesday, according to Joe Haggerty of csnne.com.
Insight: Coach Claude Julien said that Eriksson is dealing with a "minor issue" and should be back Thursday. The trade deadline is Wednesday, so Boston may be holding the 28-year-old out for a potential deal.
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) is the scheduled starter for Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
Insight: Rinne has been out with a hip infection since October. The Predators will probably still give Carter Hutton some starts while Rinne works his way back, but Rinne should get the majority of the starts. He should be added in all leagues but isn't a recommended option Tuesday against the high-powered Penguins.