News: Niklas Svedberg made 21 saves in regulation before shutting down all seven Blue Jackets' shooters in the shootout Friday for his third win of the season. Analysis: Not a bad outing for the Bruins' backup, who is now 3-3-0 on the season. When he gets called upon, which won't be often, Niklas Svedberg makes for a decent fantasy option in the crease. Tuukka Rask, who is the clear-cut starter in Boston, will return Saturday to play in the second half of the Bruins' back-to-back.
News: Milan Lucic picked up 12 PIM and was credited with a game-high six hits in Friday's shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Quite the eventful night for Milan Lucic, who got one-punched by Jackets' Dalton Prout in the overtime period. Looch took exception to the knockout, earning himself a game misconduct for the following punch he threw after the linesman had broken up the fight. While he may be contributing with PIM and hits, Lucic has now gone pointless in four straight games, managing only three goals on the season. He is on pace to record his lowest full-season point total since 2009-10. While Lucic's better than what he is showing right now, he isn't playing anything like the 30-goal, 60-point player we have gotten to know in the past.
News: Matt Bartkowski contributed a pair of assists and picked up four PIM in Friday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: That's three points in two games for Matt Bartkowski, who has only appeared in eight games this season. Considering he doesn't play on the power play and has never recorded more than 18 points in a season, don't expect much more offense from the 26-year-old. Bartkowski's on the third defensive pairing and won't provide much value outside of the deepest of leagues.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 of 41 shots in Friday's shootout loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky was phenomenal Friday, standing on his head in regulation, before denying six of seven Bruins' shooters in the shootout. Although he has lost four of his last five games, Bobrovsky's play Friday is hopefully indicative of what's to come. With the way backup Curtis McElhinney has struggled this season, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team comes right back with Bobrovsky Saturday night in Philadelphia.
News: Nick Foligno bagged his tenth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's shootout loss to Boston. Analysis: After being held off the scoresheet in the last two games, it didn't take long for Nick Foligno to get back on track. The 27-year-old now has 20 points in 18 games, to go with a tidy plus-4 rating. A known 40-point guy producing at a point-per-game pace in 2014-15? This can't be real life, can it? Foligno is thriving on the top line and doesn't appear to be slowing down. He won't keep producing at this torrid pace, but he should post career totals. Ride him while he's hot.
News: Ryan Johansen scored his seventh goal of the season and added two assists in Friday's shootout loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Ryan Johansen continues to impress this season, collecting 23 points in 19 games. He currently sits tied for fourth in league scoring and has shown no signs of slowing down. The top-line center is an elite scorer who could finish the season as a top-10 fantasy option. You know what to do.
News: Raffi Torres (knee) skated Friday morning, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: It was the first time Raffi Torres has been on the ice since August, when it was determined he would need to undergo another surgery to repair his ACL. This is just a preliminary step in the recovery process, so he shouldn't be considered close to returning.
News: The Sharks dealt Jason Demers and a future third-round draft pick to the Stars on Friday in exchange for Brenden Dillon, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Jason Demers will help the Stars fill a need in adding a right-handed defenseman with some puck-moving ability to their ranks, which should only help the team's speedy forwards start to pick up their production. The 26-year-old, who was off to a slow start with the Sharks with only three points in 20 games, could also see some time on the power-play.
News: The Stars traded Brenden Dillon to the Sharks on Friday in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a future third-round draft pick, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Though he doesn't offer as much puck-moving ability as Demers, the 26-year-old Brenden Dillon's ample size (6-foot-4, 225 lbs.) will add some bulk to a Sharks blue line that figures to carve out a regular role for him. After missing much of training camp in a contract dispute, Dillon was rough to rotten start to the season with the Stars, generating no goals and one assist over 20 games.
News: Mike Brown (hand) resumed practicing with the Sharks on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: Mike Brown has been sidelined since mid-October with the hand injury, but his presence at practice would make it seem that he's nearing the end of his recovery timetable. He'd likely fill a role in the Sharks' bottom six once he's activated from injured reserve.