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: Robin Lehner is expected to make his second straight start in net for the Senators on Saturday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: After a strong showing in the Senators' last game, Robin Lehner is expected to make his second start in a row for the team on Saturday. The 23 year old goaltender's value is without a doubt trending upwards.
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.
News: Jonathan Bernier will receive the starting nod Saturday against the Bruins, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: A few questions about Jonathan Bernier's job security were raised earlier this month after backup James Reimer made three starts in a row, but Bernier has since solidified himself as the team's top netminder with back-to-back excellent performances. He'll now be called upon to make his third consecutive turn, with the hope of bringing his GAA below 3.00 for the first time this season.
News: Heading into Saturday's tilt with the Penguins, Tomas Jurco has one assist and no goals in seven games. Analysis: Tomas Jurco had 15 points in 36 games after coming to the Wings halfway through 2013-14. With the added pressure of actually starting the season in Detroit, Jurco is struggling a bit on the offensive end along with his entire line. Once he gets a break or two, however, Jurco should get back on track.
News: Ray Emery will backstop the Flyers in their game Saturday versus the Red Wings. Analysis: With Steve Mason continuing to scuffle (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA in five outings), Ray Emery will earn his third start of the season, as the Flyers look to receive some competent play in goal. Emery hasn't looked great either in his limited action (2.84 GAA, .897 save percentage), and even with a quality outing Saturday, he's probably not a serious threat to challenge Mason's claim to the No. 1 gig.
News: Tomas Tatar has been ice cold to start the season, scoring only one point in seven games thus far. Analysis: Tomas Tatar might be gripping the stick a little hard in his sophomore campaign, as he and linemate Tomas Jurco just haven't found the spark they had last year yet. It is early in the year, however, and a player with Tatar's talent will bust out. Until that happens, though, it would be best to look elsewhere for fantasy production.
News: Jimmy Howard will yield to Jonas Gustavsson for Saturday's game against the Flyers, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard has played great so far this season, going 3-1-2 with a sub-2.00 goals against average, but Detroit wants to keep him fresh throughout the season. It helps to have a quality backup like Gustavsson, who had a shutout in his first start of the season.
News: Michael Frolik fired seven shots but didn't come away with any points in Friday's loss to the Bolts. Analysis: While it was nice to see Michael Frolik get a few good cracks at the net Friday, it was more troubling that he posted a minus-2 rating and saw only 13:54 of action in a game that went to overtime. Through seven games, the winger is averaging 15:57 of ice time, about 45 seconds fewer than what he saw last season with the Jets. It's difficult to argue with coach Paul Maurice's decision to trim Frolik's time, as he's still in search of his first goal and has only one point on the season.
News: Bryan Little registered a power-play goal and added two penalty minutes in his 21:53 of action Friday night against the Lightning. Analysis: The goal was the Jets first with the man-advantage this season, and puts Bryan Little just one away from 100 career goals during his time with the franchise. The 26-year-old center doesn't receive a ton of buzz relative to the league's other top pivots, but he's a fairly reliable source for 20 goals and 50 points most seasons.