News: Cody Eakin scored a goal for the second consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: After a nine-game scoring skid, Cody Eakin's found his offensive game again, but that's come along with mighty struggles in faceoffs -- he's won just 15 of 44 over the last two games. Still, most fantasy formats are more concerned with the points, and Eakin should put up enough of those to be viable in deep formats.
News: Ales Hemsky handed out a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Arizona. Analysis: While it's nice to see that the veteran winger now has three helpers in his last three games, he only owns four assists for the season and has yet to score a goal. Fantasy owners in most leagues can probably do better than the injury-prone Ales Hemsky.
News: Mike Smith took his fifth consecutive loss Thursday, giving up three goals on 27 shots against the Stars. Analysis: Two days after posting a respectable performance in an overtime loss to Washington, Mike Smith got back to putting up unpleasant stat lines. At this point, Devan Dubnyk -- who's easily outplayed Smith, especially lately -- has to be getting serious consideration for some extended run in goal.
News: Kari Lehtonen tightened up his game Thursday, stopping 26 of 27 in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes. Analysis: Coming on the heels of two consecutive miserable starts in which he gave up 10 goals in less than five periods of play, this is a huge bounce-back effort for Kari Lehtonen. He's been well below his usual standards this year, but it doesn't help that he's been facing a ton of rubber -- more than 30 shots per game.
News: Alex Tanguay suffered a jaw injury during Thursday's loss to Washington and had to leave the contest, the Canadian Press reports. Analysis: The veteran was hit in the face with an Alex Ovechkin shot, which doesn't sound like fun in the least. Coach Patrick Roy later said the team will know more about Alex Tanguay's injury Friday. As for Thursday's game, Tanguay only saw 7:15 of action and logged a minus-1 rating with no points.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the starter in goal Friday against the Bruins. Analysis: Coach Todd Richards hasn't decided if Sergei Bobrovsky will start both ends of the Jackets' weekend back-to-back, but given the vast struggles of backup Curtis McElhinney this season, there's good odds Bobrovsky would get another turn Saturday in Philadelphia if he performs well Friday night. Bobrovsky was ghastly his last time out Tuesday against the Red Wings, surrendering five goals on 40 shot attempts.
News: Dion Phaneuf collected a power-play assist in Thursday's win over the Lightning. Analysis: Dion Phaneuf has tallied assists in back-to-back games, bringing his point total up to 10 through 20 games. While not an elite fantasy defenseman, Phaneuf's combination of above-average scoring, huge PIM (4) and hit (58) totals, and a strong plus/minus (plus-7) have made him a good roster piece.
News: Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Doctors diagnosed Pascal Dupuis with the blood clot in his lung earlier this week, ruling him out for at least six months while he recovers from treatment. The move to IR will give the Penguins an additional roster spot with which to try to cover for Dupuis' absence.
News: Jason Spezza signed a four-year, $30 million extension with the Stars on Friday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Jason Spezza was set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, so the Stars decided to get ahead of a potential bidding role by inking the center to a long-term deal. Though his team has underachieved to this point in his first season in Dallas, Spezza has been as good as advertised, tallying four goals and 14 assists over 20 games.
News: David Booth (foot) was sent to AHL Toronto for a conditioning assignment, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports. Analysis: David Booth was able to resume practicing Monday and appears fully recovered from his broken foot, but because he hasn't played in a game since Sept. 28, the organization wants him to test things out in the minors first. His assignment isn't expected to last beyond the weekend, perhaps allowing him to make his season debut for the Leafs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.