News: Mike Fisher factored into all the Nashville offense Thursday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Mike Fisher's been a scoresheet regular of late, with seven points in his last eight games, but that's nothing new -- he's been producing offense at a terrifically steady rate since returning from the Achilles' heel injury that kept him out of action in the season's early months.
News: Erik Haula finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Preds. Analysis: The Finnish forward had gone five games without a point and had just a lonely goal in his last 15 games. He's got little to no fantasy value right now, but Erik Haula has been a successful scorer at the University of Minnesota and AHL Iowa, so he does have long-term upside.
News: Kyle Brodziak notched a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating Thursday in a win over the Predators. Analysis: Kyle Brodziak had managed all of three points in his prior 17 games, so this qualifies as an outlier. His middling PIM and hit totals give him some value in super-deep leagues, but that's about it.
News: Lars Eller was dropped to the third line for Thursday night's win over Columbus, Hockey Inside Out reports. He had one shot on goal, one hit and finished plus-1 in 12:33 of ice time. Analysis: Newcomer Devante Smith-Pelly was given a coveted spot as a top-six forward on the second line, forcing Lars Eller to skate with Brandon Prust and rookie Jacob De La Rose.
News: Brendan Gallagher had an assist, his fourth straight game with a point, in Thursday night's 5-2 win over Columbus. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher had been in a scoring slump until the past week or so. He's tallied six points (four goals, two assists) during his four-game run. He's a spark in the Candadiens' offense and will get his points, so fantasy players need to ride out those fallow periods. At 36 points through 61 games, he's sure to pass his career-high mark of 41 points set last season.
News: Claude Giroux put up a power-play goal, a power-play assist and two penalty minutes Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Toronto. Analysis: After a slump in which he managed just a single point in six games, Claude Giroux's now turned out two-point performances in two of his last three outings. Slumps happen, but he's still one of the best players in fantasy.
News: Rob Zepp was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots Thursday in a loss to Toronto. Analysis: Steve Mason came on and stopped eight of nine, which ended up getting him the loss instead of Rob Zepp. WIth Mason back now, Zepp's starts will dry up, and he could be sent back to AHL Adirondack, although the Flyers could also try to demote or cut Ray Emery.
News: Steve Mason (knee) came on for Rob Zepp in the second period Thursday against Toronto, giving up one goal on nine shots in the loss. Analysis: Steve Mason was the one who ended up stuck with the loss, unfortunately. Still, he looked decent as he made his return to the Flyers' net following a multi-week absence due to a knee injury. The Flyers will almost certainly turn back to Mason when they host the Rangers on Saturday.
News: Danny DeKeyser ended a five-game pointless skid Thursday with a pair of third-period assists and a plus-2 rating in a win over the Sharks. Analysis: Going back further, Danny DeKeyser had just two points in the last 13 games entering play Thursday. Still, he's earned praise from the coaching staff this year, and at age 24, he still has room to develop his offensive game.
News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 35 shots Thursday in a loss to the Red Wings. Analysis: He had a 2-1 lead deep into the third period, but Antti Niemi ended up allowing a pair of goals to flip the script and take the loss. At least he provided decent rate stats while taking his sixth loss in his last eight starts.