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: Tyson Barrie collected a trio of assists in Friday's win over Vancouver. Analysis: After a slow start, Tyson Barrie has cranked up the offense, recording a goal and four assists in his last three games. Skating on the Avs' top power-play unit, Barrie should surpass the career-high 38 points he recorded in 2013-14.
News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice for morning skate and appears set to return to action Saturday against the Stars, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Unless the Islanders reveal that Mikhail Grabovski suffered a late setback with his concussion during the morning session, he'll be activated from injured reserve and skate as the left wing on the Isles' second line. Grabovski missed the previous three games with the concussion.
News: Jarome Iginla netted two goals and added an assist in Friday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: Jarome Iginla also finished the night with five shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in 19:43 of ice time. Skating on the second line with Matt Duchene, Iginla has recorded seven points (two goals) in his past five games, to go with a plus-3 rating. He appears to have hit his stride with the Avalanche, and fantasy owners should take advantage.
News: Radko Gudas (lower body) provided a little bit of everything in his return to action Friday versus the Jets. In his 15:43 of ice time, he logged nine penalty minutes, three hits, four blocks and two shots on goal. Analysis: After missing the previous four games with the lower-body injury, it didn't take long for Radko Gudas to reassert himself. His signature moment of the night came in the second period, when he got in a skirmish with the Jets' Dustin Byfuglien. Now that he's healthy, expect Gudas to pile up the production in the specialty categories, with a dash of scoring on occasion as well.
News: Steven Stamkos potted his sixth goal of the season in Friday's win over the Jets. Analysis: Steven Stamkos' first-period tally came on a feed from new linemate Jonathan Drouin on a two-on-one break, the first of what figures to be many connections between the Bolts' two franchise cornerstones. The goal snapped a two-game pointless drought for Stamkos, which qualifies as a slump these days for the sensational center.
News: Matt Duchene had a goal, two assists, and six shots on goal in Friday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: A dominant effort from Matt Duchene, who has come alive after going scoreless in his first two games. The 23-year-old has three goals and six points in his last five games, to go with a plus-1 rating. Forget the slow start, this is the Duchene we have grown to know. The Avalanche broke out offensively Friday, and Duchene was right in the middle of it. Keep rolling him.
News: Vladislav Namestnikov was credited with the game-winning power-play goal in Friday's victory over the Jets. Analysis: The goal gave Vladislav Namestnikov his first point since Oct. 13, spanning five games. While the 21-year-old's future remains bright, he's likely to notice multiple peaks and valleys with his scoring this season, much to the frustration of fantasy owners.
News: Robin Lehner is expected to make his second straight start in net Saturday against the Devils, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: After a strong showing in the Senators' last game, Robin Lehner will be rewarded with another turn in the net. The 23-year-old goaltender's value is trending upward, but he'll need to keep up against a surprisingly potent Devils offense if he hopes to displace Craig Anderson as the team's top netminder.
News: Chad Johnson will be in the crease Saturday against the Stars. Analysis: The Islanders will go with Chad Johnson for the second consecutive game after he snapped the team's two-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over the Bruins his last time out. With a 2-0 record and .918 save percentage over three appearances, Johnson has been steady for the Islanders when called upon, but a matchup against the high-powered Stars attack will represent his toughest test to date.