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 games. 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 defensemen 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: Josh Gorges (undisclosed) will play Saturday against the Avalanche, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: As expected, Josh Gorges made it through the Sabres' morning skate without any setbacks, and will be plugged in on the blue line after a two-game absence. Tyson Strachan (lower body) will exit the lineup to clear the way for Gorges' return.
News: Steve Mason (upper body) will visit a back specialist Monday, Dave Issac of the South Jersey Courier Post reports. Analysis: General manager Ron Hextall doesn't believe Steve Mason's injury is a long-term concern, but the appointment with the specialist should allow the goalie to formulate a recovery plan. Even so, Mason will be unavailable for the Flyers' two weekend contests, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he needed a few additional games off beyond that before returning to the net. In his stead, Ray Emery will assume the reins as the Flyers' top netminder, while Rob Zepp acts as his backup.
News: Darcy Kuemper will man the net Saturday against the Predators, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: A stomach virus kept Darcy Kuemper unavailable for the Wild's past two games, but he returned to practice Friday refreshed and ready to go. His grip on the starting job seemed to be slipping a bit prior to his illness, so he could surely benefit from a credible outing Saturday against the Predators. Unfortunately, with Pekka Rinne looking across at him in the opposite net, getting the win might be too much to ask for from Kuemper.
News: Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is set to start Saturday's game against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Pekka Rinne's performance has been pleasantly static this season -- he's been simply exceptional since Game 1. His minute 1.76 GAA and outstanding .937 save percentage trail only Michael Hutchinson among qualifiers, but Rinne has seen significantly more action of the two. He's a great option in any venue, even on the road against a tough Minnesota squad.
News: Ray Emery will get the start in goal Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Steve Mason going down with a upper-body injury and unavailable for the Flyers' two weekend games, Ray Emery will get the nod for at least the first of those tilts. If he performs well and isn't forced to make an overwhelming amount of saves Saturday, Emery could draw the nod over backup Rob Zepp on Sunday in Winnipeg, but his workload beyond that will be fully dependent on how much time Mason misses.
News: Robin Lehner will be between the pipes Saturday against the Canadiens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Coach Dave Cameron will go back to Robin Lehner after using Craig Anderson in the previous two contests. Lehner owns a respectable 6-4-2 record for the season, but his mediocre ratios (2.84 GAA, .913 save percentage) haven't allowed him to unseat Anderson for more than a short-term basis this season. He'll have his work cut out for him Saturday, as he'll match up against one of the game's better netminders in Carey Price.
News: Carey Price will be in the crease Saturday against the Senators. Analysis: Carey Price will be making his 28th start of the season Saturday, as his strong ratios (2.32 GAA, .923 save percentage) have forced Michel Therrien to give him the nod nearly every night this season. Similarly, he's excelled against the Senators throughout his career, carrying a 16-6-4 record into Saturday's match. Robin Lehner will make the start in goal for the opposition.