News: Mike Fisher factored into all the Nashville offense Thursday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Mike Fisher's been a scoresheet regular of late, with seven points in his last eight games, but that's nothing new -- he's been producing offense at a terrifically steady rate since returning from the Achilles' heel injury that kept him out of action in the season's early months.
News: Erik Haula finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Preds. Analysis: The Finnish forward had gone five games without a point and had just a lonely goal in his last 15 games. He's got little to no fantasy value right now, but Erik Haula has been a successful scorer at the University of Minnesota and AHL Iowa, so he does have long-term upside.
News: Kyle Brodziak notched a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating Thursday in a win over the Predators. Analysis: Kyle Brodziak had managed all of three points in his prior 17 games, so this qualifies as an outlier. His middling PIM and hit totals give him some value in super-deep leagues, but that's about it.
News: Braden Holtby will start Friday's game against Carolina, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby has been a workhorse this season, and he'll get the starting nod against his backup's former team. The Caps will likely give Holtby a rest within the next few games, as the team has a busy stretch coming over the next week-and-a-half.
News: Patrik Berglund scored the Blues' only goal in regulation, his eighth, Thursday in a 2-1 shootout win over Winnipeg. He was plus-1 and scored on his only shot of the night. Analysis: Patrik Berglund is a pretty modest offensive contributor for the Blues with just 19 points on the season and helpful only in deeper fantasy leagues because he doesn't fill up ancillary categories very much either. So long as he is among the Blues' top nine forwards he will retain some value since the team is so deep and talented.
News: Tuukka Rask is feeling under the weather, and he remains at the Bruins' hotel ahead of Friday's game against the Devils, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: It sounds as if Tuukka Rask is unlikely to play, in which case Niklas Svedberg would likely get the start. The team may need to recall Malcolm Subban (or another goalie) from AHL Providence, and with Boston heading into the first game of a back-to-back, it's possible Subban could get a start this weekend. Rask is considered questionable for Friday's game, and a decision may not come until pregame warmups, according to NHL.com's Mike Morreale.
News: Keith Yandle was held off the scoresheet for the sixth straight game Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. He was minus-1 with six shots, one hit, and three blocks on the night. Analysis: Keith Yandle is certainly not help pump up his value for a potential trade, but the rest of the league knows what he brings to the table. Perhaps more concerning during his recent slump is that he is minus-9 in those six games. Not that his plus/minus is going to be the determining factor in whether he stays or goes, but he is know a league worst minus-32. That's just ugly.
News: Dalton Prout (upper body) participated in all drills at Friday's practice, FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer reports. Analysis: Dalton Prout hasn't played since Feb. 7, but he may stand a chance to make his return in Saturday's game against the Devils.
News: Shane Doan has held off the scoresheet again Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. He hasn't registered a point in his past eight games. Analysis: Shane Doan did manage six shots on Thursday, but even getting shots on net has been a problem during his slump - he has registered one or zero shots in five of the eight games. The Coyotes' veteran captain has indicated that he doesn't want to leave Arizona at the trade deadline, but given his play there may not be many suitors calling about him.
News: Henrik Samuelsson registered one shot and hit in 9:33 of ice time in his NHL debut Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Henrik Samuelsson, Coyotes' 2012 first-round pick, is one of their top prospects. He was a having a good year at AHL Portland registering 10 goals and 25 points in 50 games as a 20 year-old and his junior track record as a scorer is promising. Down the stretch his ice time with Arizona may depend on how many veteran forwards are shipped out, but it's worth noting that he did get 1:19 of power-play time Thursday, which is a promising sign that he could be put in a situation to post some points with the man advantage.