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: Dmitry Orlov has completed his two-game suspension and will be available for Saturday's game vs. the Coyotes. Analysis: This is just an FYI more than anything for fantasy owners to get the defenseman back in the lineup Saturday. Dmitry Orlov's overall production (nine points in 36 games) has been modest this season, but he'll continue to see upwards of 20 minutes per night on the blue line.
News: According to The Tennessean, the Predators appear "poised to make Colin Wilson their No. 1 Center" following the departure of David Legwand, the team's all-time leading scorer. Analysis: Colin Wilson is a left-winger by trade but has dabbled at times at center during his five-year NHL career. The Preds slotted Wilson on the second line Thursday between Gabriel Bourque and Craig Smith, and also gave him 4:11 on the wing for the team's top power play unit. Nashville has been patient with their 2008 seventh-overall pick but he has largely disappointed this year, scoring just five more points in 62 games (24) than he did in 25 games last season (19). Most recently, he has been mired in a horrendous slump with only three assists to show for the last 21 games. David Legwand's Predator legacy of 569 points in 958 games, including 28 in the playoffs, definitely leaves behind some large shoes to fill. With 19 games left on the docket, Wilson's mini-promotion should give him sufficient opportunity to prove he's up to the challenge.
News: Pekka Rinne is expected to be the starter in goal Saturday vs. the Blue Jackets, Willy Daunic of 102.5 The Game reports. Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz indicated he would play the same lineup Saturday as he did Thursday vs. the Blues, meaning that Pekka Rinne will draw the third straight start since returning from IR. He's taken losses in both of his contests thus far, but his presence in the net is a welcome development after the team was forced to get by with the likes of Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec and Devan Dubnyk for the last four months.