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: Coach Peter DeBoer said Ryane Clowe "is out. Maybe it looks long-term," Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Ryane Clowe has suffered multiple concussions over the course of his career, and it appears they are beginning to catch up with him. The latest is his fourth in the past two years, and his coach's suggestion that he could be out for an extended period of time doesn't bode well for his prospects. The team will likely be very careful handling his recovery and return, which looks like it could be a ways off.
News: Reto Berra will start between the pipes Saturday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: Reto Berra surrendered three goals on 23 shots Thursday against the Capitals, but with Semyon Varlamov still dealing with a groin injury, he'll get the start again Saturday. He will enter the matchup against the Caps sporting a 4-5-4 record with a 2.95 GAA and .918 save percentage.
News: Dennis Everberg suffered a separated shoulder in Thursday's game against the Capitals. Analysis: The injury presumably will sideline Dennis Everberg for multiple weeks, as Patrick Roy noted the team would likely make a call-up to cover for his absence. The young winger had just earned his way back into the lineup Thursday after serving as a healthy scratch for the previous two games.
News: Kyle Brodziak was a healthy scratch in Thursday's win over Philadelphia. Analysis: Kyle Brodziak had a two-point game on Nov. 13 but was a minus-2 the next two games. He may be a frequent healthy scratch as the Wild's defensive-minded center on a last line.
News: Alex Tanguay has been diagnosed with a facial fracture and won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes. Analysis: The Avalanche haven't clarified if the injury will knock Alex Tanguay out of action for multiple games, but he'll be held out for at least one contest while the team continues to assess his condition. The winger, who suffered the injury when he was struck in the face by an Alex Ovechkin shot Thursday against the Capitals, has been one of the few players to live up to expectations in a disappointing season for the Avs. He has seven goals and 11 points over 20 games.
News: Nate Prosser had one shot on goal and three blocked shots in 15:47 of ice time in Thursday's win over Philadelphia. Analysis: Nate Prosser has had steady ice time in November with several defensemen ill or hurt. However he has just two points in 14 games.