News: Sean Couturier deposited a goal in an empty net Thursday to give the Flyers a 5-2 win over the Jets. Analysis: Despite the open net, Sean Couturier still had to wiggle his way around defenders and shoot beyond center ice for his 11th goal of the season. He now has 23 points in 50 games, but the "wow factor" is still missing from the Couturier conversation.
News: Mike Cammalleri (general soreness) was on the ice for morning skate and is thus on track to play Friday against the Penguins, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Mike Cammalleri was held out of Thursday's practice as a precaution after feeling a little sore. The Devils never believed he was at risk of missing Friday's game, and his return to the ice in the morning seemingly verifies as much.
News: Michael Del Zotto extended his point streak to five games with an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Jets. Analysis: For seemingly the first time in three seasons, Michael Del Zotto is again flashing the puck-moving abilities that made him an intriguing dynasty-league commodity during his early years with the Rangers. Del Zotto's overall numbers look much more modest (15 points, minus-7 over 37 games), but since he's still relatively young (24 years old) and we've seen him score at high rates in the past, it's not a bad idea to go out and grab him with the hope that the recent uptick in production continues.
News: Mark Scheifele recorded four hits and a power-play assist in Thursday's loss to the Flyers. Analysis: Dating back to before the All-Star break, Mark Scheifele has notched an assist in three of his last four games. With seven goals and 27 points in 50 games, the 21-year-old is faring well for a player with less than two full seasons under his belt, but he's probably only on the radar in mid-sized or deeper leagues at this time.
News: Pavel Datsyuk assisted on the lone Detroit goal Thursday in a 5-1 loss to the Lightning. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk just keeps on producing, as he 35 points in 37 games. Even at 36, he doesn't show much sign of slowing down, as his production is right on par with what it's been the last five years.
News: Tom McCollum stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief duty Thursday after Petr Mrazek was pulled in a 5-1 loss. Analysis: Tom McCollum has been great in his two relief appearances this year, allowing one goal on 25 shots and picking up a win. He may get a shot at starting Saturday with Petr Mrazek in a mini-slump.
News: Teddy Purcell picked up an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sabres. Analysis: With 21 points (6G, 15A) Teddy Purcell is producing at a decent clip for the Oilers, especially given his team's collective struggles getting the puck behind goalies. Be cautious, however, as his minus-19 rating is a significant liability in certain league formats.
News: Darren Helm lit the lamp in a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Analysis: Darren Helm will score intermittently, with 20 points in 48 games, but often goes through stretches like five-game scoreless streak he carried into Thursday. He has settled into his role as a bottom-six center, however, and does more for the Wings than shows up on the stat sheet.
News: James Neal found the net on his only shot on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues. Analysis: James Neal hasn't quite been the premier sniper the Predators thought they had acquired in June, but he's been plenty productive in his first season in Music City. He's notched 15 goals and 27 points in 40 games, with his plus-16 rating ranking 17th in the NHL.
News: David Backes recorded an assist and four shots on goal in Thursday's win over the Predators to improve his point streak to eight games. He's provided a goal or assist in 10 of his last 11 contests. Analysis: More impressive than the streak itself is how many of those games have been multi-point efforts (five). It's added up to seven goals, eight assists, and a plus-11 rating during that stretch. It's safe to say that kind of production plays in any league.