News: Friday's recall of Nathan Lawson suggests the Senators don't feel Craig Anderson will be available for Saturday's game vs. the Canadiens. Analysis: The exact nature of Craig Anderson's injury remains something of a mystery, but he apparently needs some additional recovery time. Fantasy owners need not panic about a lengthy absence yet, but if Anderson remains sidelined through next week, it may make sense to grab understudy Robin Lehner if he's still available on waivers.
News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist on the Coyotes' lone goal Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins. He had one shot and two hits in 29:00 of ice time. Analysis: He has points in consecutive games and seems to be raising his level of play as the 'Yotes try to reach the playoffs. Roll him with confidence.
News: Drew Doughty collected primary assists on Marian Gaborik's early-first-period goal and Anze Kopitar's late-first-period power-play marker, but that turned out to be the extent of the Kings' offense in a 3-2 loss to Toronto. Analysis: Following a cold stretch -- just a single assist in six games -- since the post-Olympic resumption of play, Drew Doughty's picked up three helpers in the last two games and seems to be getting things back on track. Fantasy owners in leagues that count hits have to be happy that he didn't let up with the physicality even when he wasn't scoring -- he's dished out 22 hots in nine games since the break.
News: Nathan Lawson was recalled from AHL Binghamton on Friday. Analysis: The move signals that the Senators don't feel Craig Anderson (undisclosed) will be ready to return to action Saturday vs. the Canadiens. Nathan Lawson will likely serve as the backup to Robin Lehner for at least one game.
News: Nazem Kadri dished out a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Analysis: Although Nazem Kadri's been inconsistent all year, and that's been no different recently -- he'd been scoreless in his last two contests and four of six -- he now has a new career high in points (46). He should easily clear 50-plus by the time the dust settles, and at 23, still has time to develop further.
News: Corey Crawford should be back in goal on Friday against the Predators after the Blackhawks went with Antti Raanta on Wednesday against the Avalanche, the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford had started the previous 10 games and is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals against average in his past four outings, but he's allowed nine goals in his last two contests against Nashville. He has not had the best luck record-wise against the Predators with a 7-5-1 record in 13 games with a 2.86 goals against average and .891 save percentage.
News: James Wisniewski notched his sixth goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Sharks. Analysis: James Wisniewski continues to enjoy an unlikely breakout campaign at age 30, as his 39 points are by far a career high with 16 games still left to play. He hasn't shown any signs of slowing down since the break, totaling four points in his last seven games.
News: Jonathan Quick was staked to a 2-0 lead in the first period Thursday against Toronto, but the Kings' offense was then silenced while Quick ended up allowing three goals on 29 shots to take the loss. Analysis: The Kings could do nothing against Toronto backup goalie James Reimer after he came on in relief; meanwhile, Jonathan Quick allowed a one-per-period trickle of goals, capped by Mason Raymond's shorthanded tally in the third. Tough one for Quick, who saw his six-game winning streak come to an end.
News: R.J. Umberger tallied a shorthanded goal in Thursday's shootout loss to the Sharks. Analysis: R.J. Umberger had gone without a point for the previous three games, but he pushed through for a goal even as the Jackets were at a two-man disadvantage. He entered from the box after the first penalty expired and deposited the puck between goalie Alex Stalock's pads for his 18th goal.
News: Chris Mueller was recalled from AHL Texas on Friday. Analysis: He only spent two days in the minors after he was sent down following Tuesday's win over the Blues. Look for Chris Mueller to serve as a healthy scratch Friday with Alex Chiasson due to return to the lineup.