News: Nick Bjugstad posted a minus-2 with one shot on goal in Thursday night's 3-0 loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Nick Bjugstad started February on fire with seven points in his first nine games of the month including a stretch with four goals in five games. However, the past five games have not been as kind to the 22-year-old. Bjugstad has only taken 11 shots on goal and has posted a minus-7 plus/minus, dragging his plus/minus for the season to minus-9. He still leads the team in points (36) and goals (21), but will need to regain his scoring form for the already light-scoring Panthers.
News: Jonas Gustavsson will start Saturday's game in Nashville, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: It's a bit surprising to see Jonas Gustavsson get the nod, as Detroit won't play again until Wednesday's game against the Rangers. The matchup is as tough as they come, with Nashville currently leading the race for the President's Trophy.
News: Bobby Ryan assisted on the game's lone goal in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Kings. Analysis: Bobby Ryan is working on a modest three-game point streak, which are starting to become ordinary for him in his second season in Ottawa. The Sens' leading scorer with 45 points, Ryan has been especially productive since the All-Star break. He's accumulated three goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) will skate on his own Saturday morning, and the Blue Jackets will then make a decision on their starter for Saturday's game against the Devils, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The team will not skate until 5 PM, but Sergei Bobrovsky is going to work out on his own in the morning. If he doesn't make it back for Saturday's game, Bobrovsky could still start Sunday's contest in Pittsburgh.
News: Craig Smith netted his 20th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Craig Smith is on track to fall short of last year's career-high total of 52 points, but he's at least in the midst of his hottest run of production of the season. He's accumulated six goals and two assists in his last seven games, making him a trendy waiver wire addition in recent days.
News: Brian Elliott will start Saturday's game in Edmonton, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Brian Elliott starting Saturday night, there's a good chance Jake Allen will get the nod for Sunday's game in Vancouver. However, the Blues have yet to name a starter for that game. First, Elliott will try to make the most of a favorable matchup, facing an Edmonton team with just 46 points this season.
News: Nate Thompson (lower body) remains day-to-day, but he will not play in Friday's game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Chris Wagner will center the Ducks' fourth line, working in between Tim Jackman and Patrick Maroon.
News: Andrej Nestrasil picked up two helpers in Friday's win over Washington. Analysis: Andrej Nestrasil has six points in his last six games and is up to four goals and 12 points in 32 games on the season. While he's only played 32 games this season and skates on the third line, the 24-year-old has enough skill to warrant a look in deeper formats.
News: Jeff Skinner scored for the third straight game and had five shots on goal in Friday's win over the Capitals. Analysis: Jeff Skinner has scored six goals in his last eight games and has recorded a whopping 33 shots on goal in that span. This recent streak comes right after a stretch where the 22-year-old went 10 straight games without a point. Talk about inconsistency. Skinner is skating on the second line and playing with Eric Staal and Justin Faulk on the power play, so he's worth riding while he's hot.
News: Braden Holtby suffered his third straight loss Friday, giving up two goals on 37 shots against Carolina. Analysis: It wasn't Braden Holtby's fault, as he played remarkable in the team's shutout loss to the Hurricanes. The 25-year-old still owns a 29-15-9 record on the season with a .924 save percentage and 2.20 GAA. While he's picked up a few losses of late, his play Friday is example of why this losing streak won't last for much longer. He's so good that he needs to be an automatic roll every game.