News: Brett Bellemore scored his first goal of the season and collected five PIM in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Brett Bellemore now has six points and a plus-3 rating in 33 games on the season. Considering the defenseman averages just 15:32 of ice time and has only recorded 16 shots on goal, Bellmore is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Shawn Thornton posted a minus-1 with two shots on goal in 8:27 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Shawn Thornton has only seen more than 10 minutes of ice time four times in 2015. He is not afraid to pick up penalty minuteshe has 48 in 35 games playedbut his inconsistent ice time and his inability to score pointshis last point came on Nov. 24gives him limited fantasy value.
News: Kris Russell picked up an assist while seeing 28:21 of ice time in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders. Analysis: Kris Russell helped spoil goalie Jaroslav Halak's shutout bid with 21 seconds remaining in the third period, as he found Josh Jooris for the Flames' only tally of the evening. More notable than the helper was Russell's TOI, which was his second-highest mark of the season. It's no coincidence that it came on a night when Mark Giordano (upper body) was unavailable, with Russell absorbing most of the minutes that became available. Should Giordano's injury result in a long-term absence, Russell's fantasy value would likely notice a modest spike.
News: Valtteri Filppula chipped in an assist and won 13 of 20 faceoffs in Friday's 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Valtteri Filppula's helper came on a third-period power-play opportunity, when Ryan Callahan redirected the center's pass into the net to give the Bolts a 3-0 lead. The 30-year-old has accumulated a goal and nine assists over his last nine contests.
News: Matt Duchene set up two goals in Friday's shootout win over the Stars. Analysis: Matt Duchene helped the Avs get on the board halfway through the second period, leaving the puck for Tyson Barrie at the right circle to even the score at 1-1. He would later get credit for a secondary assist on Jarome Iginla's marker, giving him a total of seven points in his five games against the Stars this season.
News: Rickard Rakell assisted on Emerson Etem's third-period goal in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Kings. Analysis: Rickard Rakell has gathered assists in four of his last six games, but will finish February without any goals on his stat line. The Ducks' third-line center has five goals and 19 assists over 52 games this season, putting him just a hair below a half-point-per-game scoring pace.
News: Brayden McNabb tallied found the net on one of his two shot attempts in Friday's loss to the Ducks, ending a 79-game goalless skid. Analysis: Brayden McNabb's previous tally had came while he was a member of the Sabres back on Dec. 26, 2011. The third-pairing blueliner offers most of his contributions in the form of hits and PIM, though his total of 17 assists in 55 games illustrates that he's not totally devoid of offensive upside.
News: Adam Larsson registered an assist in his 22:14 of action in Friday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Adam Larsson's production as an assist man has taken off since the start of January, with 14 of his 16 helpers on the season coming just in the last two months. He's been especially productive in that capacity of late, recording five assists in his last five games alone. The 22-year-old looks like he's starting to realize some of that potential that made him the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
News: Jacob Josefson picked up an assist in Friday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Since returning from injured reserve Jan. 19 with a two-point performance against the Sharks, Jacob Josefson has needed 15 games just to match that output. His presence as the Devils' center on the checking line will continue to inhibit his offense.
News: Jack Hillen was traded to the Hurricanes on Saturday along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason. Analysis: Gleason was bound for free agency after the season, so the deal is mostly about accumulating the extra draft pick for the rebuilding Hurricanes. That being said, Jack Hillen should still receive a look on the team's second or third pairing over the final month and a half, though expectations should remain low. On a much more offensively skilled team in the Capitals, Hillen had managed to accumulate five points in 35 games.