News: Jonathan Drouin added two helpers in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Jonathan Drouin finished as the game's third star, setting up the second of Cedric Paquette's three goals and picking up a secondary assist on Steven Stamkos' power-play tally. The rookie has gone without a goal since Dec. 15, but has recorded seven assists over his last nine contests.
News: Alex Killorn contributed two assists in Thursday's win over the Red Wings. Analysis: It's the second multi-point effort in three games for Alex Killorn, who has accumulated three goals and six assists in January. If he can maintain his current scoring rate, he'll come close to matching the 41 points he submitted for the Bolts last season.
News: Jack Johnson netted a goal in Thursday's loss to the Panthers. Analysis: Jack Johnson is holding down a half-point-per-game scoring pace (23 points in 44 contests) for just the second time in his career. However, the production has been often muted by his ghastly minus-23 rating, which ranks as the third-worst mark in the NHL. Players on truly awful squads like the Sabres and Oilers are surrounding him in that category, and while the Jackets aren't quite as bad as those teams, they're probably not good enough for Johnson to notice much recovery in that category in the second half.
News: With the waiving of Brian Lashoff, Xavier Ouellet is now set to remain with the Red Wings for the rest of the season, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: Xavier Ouellet had a rough outing Thursday with a minus-3, but has still been a decent third-line defender for Detroit. He has two goals and an assist as well as a plus-7 in 20 games in the big leagues this season.
News: Coach Jack Capuano said Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) could be a lineup option for Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Lubomir Visnovsky has been practicing since prior to the All-Star break, but wasn't cleared to return to game action when the Islanders resumed play Tuesday against the Rangers, as had been anticipated. It seems the Islanders are simply waiting for the aging rearguard to get closer to 100 percent health, and he may finally be at that point Saturday. The team's practice lines and defensive pairings during Saturday's morning skate should indicate whether or not Visnovsky will return to the lineup later that evening.
News: Brian Lashoff has been placed on waivers, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: With the solid play of Xavier Ouellet, Brian Lashoff became expendable. If he clears waivers, he will likely head down to AHL Grand Rapids.
News: Christian Ehrhoff is undergoing tests for a concussion back in Pittsburgh and will not be available for Friday's game against the Devils, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Christian Ehrhoff apparently hit his head on the ice in either Wednesday's loss to the Capitals or during Thursday's practice, which will keep him out for at least one contest. The defenseman's test results should be made available Saturday, after which the team will make a determination on his status for Sunday's home date with the Predators. Until Ehrhoff is ready to go, Scott Harrington looks poised to assume his spot in the lineup.
News: Beau Bennett will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Devils. Analysis: Beau Bennett skated as an extra during Friday's morning session, with Mark Arcobello rejoining the lineup in his stead. Coach Mike Johnston has expressed disappointment with Bennett's play of late, which has been reflected in his declining point totals. He's mustered a lone goal over his last eight games.
News: Dylan Olsen cleared waivers Friday, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: It's a bit surprising no team was willing to put in a claim for Dylan Olsen, who has good size and youth going for him. The Panthers are surely happy to retain the 24-year-old, but with no regular lineup spot available for him with the big club, he figures to head to AHL San Antonio for now.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start Friday against the Devils, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury was handed a 4-0 loss in Washington in his first start out of the All-Star break Wednesday, giving him his fourth consecutive loss. He's surrendered at least four goals in all three of those outings, inflating his GAA to 2.36 for the season. By virtue of the talent surrounding him, Fleury should remain one of the stronger fantasy plays in goal the rest of the way, but it looks like he's falling out of contention in the competition for the Vezina Trophy.