News: Tobias Enstrom assisted on both of the Jets' two goals in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay. Analysis: Tobias Enstrom now has six points (all assists) in seven games this season, to go with a minus-1 rating. Playing the point on the top power-play unit and averaging 23:49 of ice time per game, Enstrom will continue to produce offense. After a somewhat disappointing 30-point season in 2013-14, expect Enstrom to return to the 40-50 point range in 2014-15.
News: The Islanders activated Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) off IR on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, as Josh Bailey (hand) will head to IR to open up a spot for him. Grabovski has posted two goals and an assist through four games to date.
News: Scott Hartnell potted the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Friday's loss to the Ducks. Analysis: It took longer than expected for Scott Hartnell to notch his first goal, but he's managed to be a driving force for the Blue Jackets' attack through the season through his work as a passer. His eight assists are tied for second in the NHL.
News: Simon Despres rotated with Robert Bortuzzo as the Pens' sixth defenseman during Saturday's game-day skate. Analysis: Despite a tendency to take unnecessary penalties, Simon Despres has played pretty well in limited minutes. With veteran Rob Scuderi and his ability to serve as an effective penalty killer, Despres and Bortuzzo may have to battle one another for the final spot on the blue line. It's possible that both Despres and Bortuzzo could eventually become a pairing while Scuderi sits, but for now it appears that either Despres or Bortuzzo will serve as the odd man out.
News: Derek Stepan (leg) has begun skating on his own, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: It's a great sign that Derek Stepan has returned to the ice, but he's still expected to be sidelined for at least another week while his leg fully recovers. The center racked up 17 goals and 40 assists while playing all 82 games for the Rangers last season, and should be a huge part of the team's game plan upon his return.
News: Ryan Getzlaf contributed a goal and assist while attempting five shots in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: With both Ryan Getzlaf and teammate Corey Perry notching two points Friday, the duo was able to leapfrog the Stars' Tyler Seguin and Islanders' John Tavares for the league lead in points with 12. The Ducks are still searching for a permanent mate on the top line with Getzlaf and Perry, but both figure to find a way to remain productive no matter how many players coach Bruce Boudreau cycles through at that spot.
News: Corey Perry kept rolling Friday against the Blue Jackets, delivering a power-play goal and an assist at even strength to finish the contest with a plus-2 rating. Analysis: With the goal -- his fourth in two nights -- Corey Perry vaulted ahead of the Rangers' Rick Nash for the league lead and also joined teammate Ryan Getzlaf atop the NHL leaderboard for points (12). Perry's nine goals in eight games represent the fastest start to a season in franchise history, making the former Hart Trophy winner a very early frontrunner to take home the hardware again in 2014-15.
News: Zach Trotman worked on a defensive pairing with Matt Bartkowski during Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Fellow recall Joe Morrow served as the Bruins' spare defenseman Friday, suggesting that Zach Trotman is likely to suit up Saturday night against Toronto. With both Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara out, Trotman has a chance to stick with the big club in the coming weeks, though he's unlikely to produce enough offense to merit fantasy consideration.
News: Sami Vatanen was once again a force with the man-advantage in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets, contributing the game-winning goal along with an assist. Analysis: It's the second two-point game in three games for Sami Vatanen, who has been sizzling out of the gate for the Ducks in his third NHL season. The 23-year-old has produced three goals and four assists over eight games, with all of those points coming on the power play.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 33 shot attempts in Friday's loss to the Ducks. Analysis: The Blue Jackets' westward road swing hasn't been kind thus far to Sergei Bobrovsky, as he's surrendered a total of seven goals on back-to-back nights against the Sharks and Ducks, though he was able to escape with a win against San Jose. With a meeting with the reigning Stanley Cup champs in Los Angeles coming up Sunday to conclude the trip, Bobrovsky could be in for yet another tough outing.