News: Reilly Smith scored the game's opening goal and had two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's win over the Isles. Analysis: The third-year man is starting to come along now, as he's got points in three straight games. It's been a slow season for Reilly Smith, but fantasy owners are willing to forgive and forget if he can deliver a strong finish.
News: Milan Lucic tallied a pair of assists, an empty-net goal, five hits and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's win over the Isles. Analysis: Things have been very inconsistent for Milan Lucic lately -- earlier this month, he tallied six points in four games, creating hope of a resurgence, but he proceeded to go scoreless in three straight, only to bounce back with four points in his last two. So the total numbers recently have been quite solid, but they've come in fits and starts. The Bruins would surely like to get some more offensive consistency out of the tough winger.
News: Jaroslav Halak was tagged for four goals on 32 shots in Thursday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: After looking unbeatable Tuesday against the Rangers, Jaroslav Halak looked quite human in this one. He's now allowed four or more goals in three of his last four starts, which is a bit concerning, but overall Halak's been a boon to fantasy owners, particularly in the wins category.
News: Calle Jarnkrok picked up an assist in 11:59 of ice time during Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Blues. Analysis: Calle Jarnkrok now has 13 points in his first full season with the Preds, and should finish with 20-25 points given his current pace. Not bad, considering he centers the Preds' third line in between Matt Cullen and Gabriel Bourque. He continues to represent decent value in deeper fantasy formats.
News: Tuukka Rask stopped 43 of 45 shots Thursday in a 5-2 victory over the Islanders. Analysis: That marks Tuukka Rasks's fifth straight game allowing two or fewer goals, and his eighth in the last nine. It may not surprise you to learn that with results like those, he's put together a 6-1-2 record in that span. His season stat line looks more and more Rask-like by the day.
News: Keith Kinkaid will likely start Saturday's game against the Panthers, as the Devils will be playing the second game of a back-to-back, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Cory Schneider will be between the pipes Friday night against the Penguins, and while it's still possible that Schneider gets both starts, the Devils will likely give the nod to Keith Kinkaid on Saturday for the easier of the two matchups.
News: Roman Josi picked up two assists -- one shorthanded, the other on a power play -- and went plus-1 Thursday in a shootout loss to the Blues. Analysis: Roman Josi just keeps on rolling along, having collected three points in two games since the All-Star break. He's going to easily break 50 points this year if he avoids a dramatic slowdown, and there's no reason to think that his scoring rate should decrease as the year goes on.
News: Kevin Shattenkirk took a game-high eight shots on goal through regulation and overtime Thursday, but couldn't get any of them past the Preds' Carter Hutton until the shootout, in which he registered the game-winning tally. He also picked up an assist. Analysis: The eight shots also tied his career high -- he put eight on goal on Dec. 6 of this season. Kevin Shattenkirk's game just keeps on growing, and there are few better defenders to own in fantasy.
News: Josh Anderson was assigned to AHL Springfield on Friday, the Blue Jackets' official website reports. Analysis: With defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) finally set to return, Columbus needed to free up a roster spot. The 20-year-old Josh Anderson appeared in six games during his first NHL stint, with his first career point (an assist) coming in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
News: Ryan Murray (knee) has been activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game in Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets' official website reports. Analysis: Ryan Murray will finally make his return, following an absence that lasted 36 games. Having also missed the first seven games of the season in the aftermath of March knee surgery, the 21-year-old Murray has only appeared in four contests this season. He impressed as a rookie last year, averaging 19:52 of ice time over 66 games, with 21 points and a plus-four rating. Murray's return pushes winger Josh Anderson to AHL Springfield.