News: Cody Eakin scored a goal for the second consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: After a nine-game scoring skid, Cody Eakin's found his offensive game again, but that's come along with mighty struggles in faceoffs -- he's won just 15 of 44 over the last two games. Still, most fantasy formats are more concerned with the points, and Eakin should put up enough of those to be viable in deep formats.
News: Ales Hemsky handed out a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Arizona. Analysis: While it's nice to see that the veteran winger now has three helpers in his last three games, he only owns four assists for the season and has yet to score a goal. Fantasy owners in most leagues can probably do better than the injury-prone Ales Hemsky.
News: Mike Smith took his fifth consecutive loss Thursday, giving up three goals on 27 shots against the Stars. Analysis: Two days after posting a respectable performance in an overtime loss to Washington, Mike Smith got back to putting up unpleasant stat lines. At this point, Devan Dubnyk -- who's easily outplayed Smith, especially lately -- has to be getting serious consideration for some extended run in goal.
News: Kari Lehtonen tightened up his game Thursday, stopping 26 of 27 in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes. Analysis: Coming on the heels of two consecutive miserable starts in which he gave up 10 goals in less than five periods of play, this is a huge bounce-back effort for Kari Lehtonen. He's been well below his usual standards this year, but it doesn't help that he's been facing a ton of rubber -- more than 30 shots per game.
News: Alex Tanguay suffered a jaw injury during Thursday's loss to Washington and had to leave the contest, the Canadian Press reports. Analysis: The veteran was hit in the face with an Alex Ovechkin shot, which doesn't sound like fun in the least. Coach Patrick Roy later said the team will know more about Alex Tanguay's injury Friday. As for Thursday's game, Tanguay only saw 7:15 of action and logged a minus-1 rating with no points.
News: Bo Horvat scored the first goal of his NHL career in Thursday's shootout loss to Anaheim. Analysis: It was also his first career point. Bo Horvat skated just 9:50 in the game, scoring the goal on his only shot, and has exceeded 10 minutes of ice time just once in his seven NHL contests thus far, so it's not surprising that he hasn't produced much offense yet. The No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft, Horvat put up zero points in five games with AHL Utica this year and zero in his first six with Vancouver, suggesting that his development has a ways to go yet. Despite Thursday's goal, it seems like he'd be better served playing big minutes at the AHL level than serving fourth-line time for the Canucks.
News: Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal on four shots, added an assist and went plus-1 in Thursday's shootout win over Vancouver. Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf had been held off the board in brutal fashion for the last two games, compiling just one shot on goal and a minus-5 rating, so it's good to see him bounce back with a solid performance. As usual, he's hovering around a point-per-game pace for Anaheim, having tallied 19 in 20.
News: Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 28 shots, but came away with a shootout win Thursday in Vancouver. Analysis: Frederik Andersen seems to just love playing those extra minutes -- six of his last seven starts have gone to overtime, and he's got a 2-0-4 record to show for that span. The second-year netminder's play has not matched last year's levels lately, but he should turn things around for the mighty Ducks.
News: Eddie Lack stopped 23 of 26 shots Thursday, but allowed the Ducks to score on two of three shootout tries to take the loss. Analysis: It was Eddie Lack's first start in 11 days, as he rarely gets much work in his backup role behind Roberto Luongo. He's just 1-3-1 over his five starts this season, and his ugly rate stats get uglier if you don't count his two successful relief appearances.
News: Patrick Marleau ended his five-game scoring slump Thursday, posting a goal and a power-play assist in a shootout loss to the Panthers. Analysis: Patrick Marleau tends to be streaky, so it's not much of a surprise to see him rattle off a bunch of points at a time, then fall into a skid. While things have been rough lately, it's quite possible that the two-point night is the start of a new hot streak for the veteran forward.