News: Mika Zibanejad scored his ninth goal of the season, had an assist, was credited with four shots on goal, and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: An all-around great fantasy night for Mika Zibanejad, who now has 17 points in 30 games on the season. After a slow start, Zibanejad has heated up, recording six goals and 11 points in his last nine games. Skating on the second line with Bobby Ryan, the 21-year-old could hit the 25-goal mark in 2014-15, making him worthy of a look right now.
News: Erik Karlsson collected a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Erik Karlsson now has points in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet in his previous three game. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 23 points in 32 games on the season, to go with a minus-12 rating. He sits second in the NHL with 124 shots on goal and is one of the best offensive defenseman in the game. Keep him rolling.
News: Kyle Turris remained red-hot on Friday, scoring a highlight-reel shorthanded goal and adding an assist in a win over the Ducks. Analysis: Kyle Turris has been lighting it up lately, riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded three goals and seven points. With 23 points (seven goals) in 32 games, the 25-year-old is proving to be a reliable fantasy option this season. He has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games and has never gone more than three games without appearing on the scoresheet. His consistency and top-line role makes him worth a look right now.
News: Paul Martin will be scratched for Saturday's game against the Panthers, presumably due to an undisclosed injury, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: It's unclear what might be ailing Paul Martin, who played a whopping 25:58 in Thursday's shutout win over the Avalanche, more than three minutes above his average ice time for the season. He wasn't present for Saturday's morning skate and will be forced to the press box for the first time this season along with fellow top-four blueliner Christian Ehrhoff (lower body). Consider Martin day-to-day for the moment, with more word likely to come about his condition by the end of Saturday.
News: James Neal is dealing with an illness and will not play Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: The Predators haven't provided any word on whether or not James Neal is dealing with the dreaded mumps virus, but did suggest that the winger could be a possibility for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets or Tuesday's tilt in Boston. After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign, Neal hasn't missed any previous time in his first season in Nashville, producing 19 points in 30 games.
News: Craig Adams will miss Saturday's game against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The injury will result in Craig Adams' streak of consecutive games played end at an incredible 319. The fourth-liner doesn't offer much in the form of offense, but his contributions as a hitter and penalty-killer make him a valued member of the Penguins. Andrew Ebbett will attempt to fill his skates Saturday.
News: Mike Cammalleri (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Since the IR stint is retroactive to last Saturday, the move means that Mike Cammalleri will be unavailable for a fourth straight game. He continues to skate and is being viewed as day-to-day at this time, so despite the IR placement, it seems likely he'll suit up at some point next week.
News: The Devils recalled Adam Larsson (illness) from his conditioning assignment at AHL Albany and formally activated him from injured reserve Saturday. Analysis: Adam Larsson has been over the mumps for a few days now, but because he hadn't played since the first week of December, the Devils wanted him to get in a game in the minors before rejoining the big club. After coming out of Friday's game with Albany no worse for the wear, he'll be an option for the Devils on Saturday as a member of the second or third pairing.
News: Mike Sislo was recalled from AHL Albany on Saturday. Analysis: It sounds as though the Devils might have some forwards banged up following Friday's win over the Lightning, so Mike Sislo will join the team as an insurance option in case one of the regulars can't go. Mike Cammalleri (lower body) was moved to injured reserve to create roster room for Sislo.
News: Christian Ehrhoff (lower body) will miss Saturday's game against the Panthers, along with the Pens' other two games before Christmas break, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: The defenseman could miss additional time, but the organization provided no further information during Saturday's report. Christian Ehrhoff had played in all 31 games for Pittsburgh, recording two goals, 10 points and a team-best plus-15 rating. The team could look to move him to injured reserve in order to create some roster flexibility while he's out.