News: Brown has a broken right fibula and will miss six-to-eight weeks from the time of the fracture on Dec. 9, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Brown was placed on injured reserve the day after the injury, indicating it was severe. Now that the injury has been revealed as a broken fibula, the timetable has been set at six-to-eight weeks, scheduling his return for late January or early February
News: Burns scored the overtime-winning goal Saturday against the Blues.
Impact: Burns continues to roll, recording three goals and seven points in his last eight games. With 26 points (10 goals) in 34 games, the 29-year-old has been one of the best fantasy defenseman this season. You know what to do.
News: Niemi picked up his seventh straight win Saturday, stopping 18 of 20 shots in an overtime win over the Blues.
Impact: All this guy does is win. Niemi is 14-7-3 on the season with a .917 save percentage and 2.42 GAA. The 32-year-old has allowed only seven goals in his last four outings and is a prime reason why the Sharks now sit fifth in the Western Conference. Now that he's caught fire, Niemi is a must-start every game.