News: Nathan MacKinnon dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Nashville. Analysis: The two points snapped a three-game scoring drought for Nathan MacKinnon, who now has nine goals and 29 points in 50 games. While he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, the Avs are playing good hockey right now, picking up at least one point in six of their last seven games. MacKinnon's only 19, so we wouldn't give up on him just yet this season. His whopping 152 shots on goal indicate more goals are on the way. Patience is a virtue.
News: Mike Ribeiro took a break from scoring Friday, racking up 22 PIM in a loss to Colorado. Analysis: While Mike Ribeiro has 43 points (33 assists) in 48 games this season, he is also now among the league's top-100 PIM leaders. Producing at basically a point-per-game pace and sporting a steady plus-15 rating, Ribeiro is worth owning in most formats.
News: Marek Mazanec gave up two goals on 27 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado. Analysis: It was a good effort from Marek Mazanec, who got no offensive support in the shutout loss. It was the first start of the season for the 23-year-old, who had been giving way to Carter Hutton in Pekka Rinne's (knee) absence. Considering Hutton has given up seven goals in his last two starts, Mazanec could be worth a temporary pick-up until Rinne returns.
News: Semyon Varlamov stopped all 23 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Nashville. Analysis: A perfect outing for the workhorse, who has started 14 of the Avs' past 15 games. Semyon Varlamov is now 13-10-7 on the season with a .922 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. He's delivered some consistency play of late, allowing more than three goals just once in his last 10 appearances. Considering he's starting almost every game for an Avs team that has picked up at least one point in six of their last seven games, Varlamov is a great own in almost all formats.
News: Tuukka Rask has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Saturday's showdown with the Kings. Analysis: The atmosphere should be electric at the TD Garden on Saturday evening in a match between two of the league's elite teams over the last half decade. Tuukka Rask has of course been instrumental in the Bruins' sustained excellence, but had been a surprising liability at some stages earlier this season. That no longer appears to be the case, as he's resurfaced as perhaps the league's top netminder over the last month, going 6-1-3 with a 1.67 GAA and .947 save percentage thus far in January. The Kings are certainly an imposing threat, but they shouldn't deter Rask's fantasy owners from using him with gusto.
News: Braden Holtby will man the crease for Saturday's matinee against the Canadiens, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: The game against Montreal kicks off a tough weekend back-to-back set for the Caps, who will host a sizzling St. Louis squad Sunday afternoon. Coach Barry Trotz didn't reveal his goalie plans for that game, but if Braden Holtby can keep the Habs at bay and if his defense is able to prevent him from facing a slew of shots, there's a good chance he'd get the call again Sunday. Holtby was again impressive in his last outing Wednesday versus the Pens, spinning his fifth shutout of the season.
News: Ryan Miller turned aside 20 of 22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Sabres on Friday. It was the first time facing his former team. Analysis: Both goals came off the stick of Chris Stewart, one of the players in the deal that shipped Ryan Miller out of Buffalo last March. Miller is now up to 24 wins to go with a .917 save percentage and 2.32 GAA this year, and will continue to be influential in Vancouver`s push to the playoffs in the final 35 games of the campaign.
News: Maxime Talbot potted his fourth goal of the season in Friday's 3-0 triumph over the Predators. Analysis: The tally went down as Maxime Talbot's first game-winner of the season. As a fixture in the Avs' bottom six, scoring opportunities are rare for Talbot, and he typically doesn't deliver an overwhelming amount of hits or PIM to compensate for it.
News: James Reimer will be between the pipes for Saturday's match against the Flyers, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports. Analysis: Though regular starting goalie Jonathan Bernier's final numbers weren't terrible in the Leafs' last game against the Coyotes, he allowed a couple of inexcusable goals in the outing. As a result, Toronto will turn to James Reimer in an attempt to bust their ongoing losing skid, which sits at eight games. With a 3.32 GAA and .906 save percentage over 19 appearances, Reimer has been quite unreliable as a streaming option, and his career numbers in six outings against the Flyers (2-3-0, 3.11 GAA, .904 save percentage) don't inspire much confidence, either.
News: Chris Stewart found the back of the net twice in Friday`s 5-2 loss to the Canucks. Analysis: Chris Stewart has just 18 points in 48 games this year, but it`s important to note that eight of those -- including four goals -- have come in the last nine contests. Is the 27-year-old motivated by the potential of being moved out of the barren wasteland that is Buffalo prior to the March 2 trade deadline? We`re not sure, but Stewart`s recent production certainly garners attention. Keep an eye on him, and don`t be afraid to pull the trigger if and when he gets traded -- as his value would instantly spike if he gets a shot to play for literally any team other than the Sabres.