News: Joe Pavelski scored on one of four shots in a win over the Ducks on Thursday. Analysis: Pavs has goals in three straight games and points in four straight. He's on pace to tie last season's goal total of 41, a career-high.
News: Logan Couture had an assist and three shots in Thursday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: January has been good to Logan Couture. Over the last 10 games he's posted four goals and eight assists. His point per game rate is the best of his career with 18 goals and 25 assists through 49 games.
News: Matt Irwin scored the game-winner in Thursday's game against Anaheim. Analysis: That's Matt Irwin's third goal of the season and second point in as many games. He's only put in 24 games this season, but he's scoring points at a similar rate to last season, when he put up two goals and 17 assists through 62 games. If he can get in the lineup a little more regularly, he has some value in deep leagues.
News: Matt Tennyson had an assist and played a season-high 20:45 in Thursday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: Matt Tennyson is seeing more consistent ice time over the last month, though his minutes and production are still very limited. The 20:45 of ice time he logged on Thursday is nice, but it's only the second time all season he's crossed 20 minutes; he tends to hover a little closer to 17 minutes a night.
News: Matt Nieto had an assist, a plus-2 rating, and one shot through 10:27 of ice time in Thursday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Matt Nieto is coming out of his slump nicely. He's posted a goal and two assists in this last five games. He's not working his way toward the Hart Trophy, but it's a significant improvement over the nine game pointless streak he had going before that.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury has been confirmed as the starter for Friday's game against the Devils. Analysis: As expected, Marc-Andre Fleury will enter the net for his 39th start of the season. He'll be countered by the league's most-heavily used goalie, Cory Schneider who draws his 43rd start.
News: The Sharks have recalled Kyle Bigos from the Ontario Reign of the ECHL to AHL Worcester. Analysis: Kyle Bigos has not played a game in the AHL this season and only logged five last year. He's unlikely to get a call-up to the NHL and become fantasy relevant this season.
News: Petr Mrazek said that he will be between the pipes Saturday against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Petr Mrazek has been awful in his last four outings, with the low point perhaps coming Thursday in Tampa, during which he allowed five goals on 15 shots before being pulled for the final period. The Czech netminder's ongoing struggles could prompt coach Mike Babcock to turn to backup Tom McCollum for a start in the near future, but it looks like it will have to wait another game. Mrazek is in desperate need of a strong outing Saturday, but fantasy owners probably shouldn't stake their mortgage on him coming through.
News: Torey Krug gave the Bruins a two-score lead earlier in the third period with his 10th marker of the season. Analysis: Torey Krug's outstanding January rages on, as the 23-year-old has now collected an impressive three goals and seven assists in 11 games. Last year's 40-point performance is probably unattainable due to the time Krug missed with injuries, but he's quickly closing in on surpassing Dougie Hamilton for the team lead in defenseman scoring.
News: Zdeno Chara gathered an assist, four blocks, and three shot attempts in Thursday's win over the Islanders. Analysis: With a modest 11 points in 29 games this season, it's worth wondering if Zdeno Chara's days as a top-notch fantasy blueliner might be over. He was able to table such talk last season by riding a strong second half to a runner-up finish in the Norris Trophy balloting, and his owners will surely be looking for a similar turnaround again. Now 37 years old, it's unclear if Chara has much high-level offensive game left in him. The assist Thursday was his first point in six games.