News: Brendan Smith scored his third goal of the season during Friday's 7-4 win over the Devils. Analysis: Though it was Brendan Smith's second goal in his last three games, he still has just three all year with just 12 assists. He may be hot right now, but don;t expect it to last much longer.
News: Kyle Quincey scored his fourth goal of the season during Detroit's 7-4 win over the Devils on Friday. Analysis: With just four goals and six assists through 63 games this season, Kyle Quincey's work in this game was good, but he is not recommended for fantasy play.
News: Gustav Nyquist scored his 16th goal of the season and assisted on three more during Friday's 7-4 win over the Devils. Analysis: The 24-year old now has two goals and six assists since returning from the Olympic break and is looking like an outstanding fantasy asset right now. He's got 16 goals and 16 assists through just 38 games on the season.
News: Drew Miller scored his seventh goal of the season during the Red Wings' 7-4 win over the Devils on Friday. Analysis: The goal was Drew Miller's first in nine games and it was actually his first point in that span as well. The 30-year-old now has just seven goals and five assists over 63 games this season and is not recommended in fantasy leagues.
News: David Legwand scored his first goal as a member of the Red Wings and assisted on two more during Detroit's 7-4 win over the Devils on Friday. Analysis: In just his second game for his new team, David Legwand helped spark a four-goal second period with a pair of assists and then scored one of his own in the third. The points were his first since returning from the Olympic break and he now has 11 goals and 32 assists over 64 games this season.
News: Johan Franzen scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Red Wings beat the Devils 7-4 on Friday. Analysis: Johan Franzen continues to remain hot after the Olympic break and now has six goals and five assists over his last five games. He now has 15 goals and 19 assists over 36 games this season.
News: Jonas Gustavsson stopped just 21 of 25 shots but the Wings turned it around and beat the Devils 7-4 on Friday. Analysis: Jonas Gustavsson wasn't exactly sharp in this one but with the Wings scoring seven times of their own, he was able to walk away victorious. Expect to see Jimmy Howard back in net for Detroit's next game.
News: Jimmy Howard will receive the start in goal Sunday vs. the Rangers, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard received the night off in Friday's resounding 7-4 win over the Devils, but he'll be back in the crease Sunday as the Red Wings look to further secure their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Injuries and ineffectiveness have amounted to a disappointing season for Howard, who will carry a 13-14-10 record and 2.64 GAA into Sunday's contest.
News: Daniel Carcillo logged two penalty minutes and a shot on goal in just under eight minutes of ice time in Friday's win over Carolina. Analysis: It's the first game in nine contests (22 hits) that Daniel Carcillo has not registered a hit. Originally acquired from Los Angeles in early January to fill the grinder role while Derek Dorsett healed from a broken leg, the 29-year-old certainly provided grit. Now that Dorsett is healthy and Mats Zuccarello is back, the team's depth chart is beginning to tighten and Carcillo is one of several forwards is in danger of watching from the press box.
News: Ryan Murray underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday and will miss the next four to six weeks. Analysis: The injury comes as devastating timing with the Blue Jackets fighting for a contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and in need of as many key contributors as possible to secure a spot. For fantasy owners, Ryan Murray's absence is similarly damaging, as the 20-year-old ranked third among all rookies in hits (93) and fifth in power-platy points among rookie defensemen (6). Even if the Blue Jackets do qualify for the playoffs, Murray could be hard-pressed to be healthy in time given his lengthy timetable.