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: 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.
News: Eric Gelinas netted his first goal of the season in Friday's shootout loss to the Stars. Analysis: After serving as a healthy scratch the game prior, Eric Gelinas made coach Pete DeBoer's decision to return him to the lineup a wise one, tallying the goal just 5:21 into Friday's contest. Gelinas' work on the defensive end could use some refinement, but for fantasy purposes, the burst of offensive production he's provided during his brief NHL career makes him worth a look if he's available.
News: Vincent Lecavalier (foot) was placed on injured reserve Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker reports. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier returned to practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury Oct. 11. Because he's already missed over a week of action, the Flyers will be able to stash Lecavalier on injured reserve retroactively. Lecavalier looks on track to play at some point next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday against the Kings.
News: Braydon Coburn (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker reports. Analysis: With Braydon Coburn ruled out four weeks Friday due to the injury, he'll unsurprisingly move to IR to create some roster space. Coburn suffered the foot injury in the Flyers' first game of the season against the Bruins, but had taken pregame warmups as a recently as Tuesday before suffering a setback. Mark Alt will be recalled from AHL Adirondback in a corresponding move.
News: Alex Stalock will be between the pipes on Saturday against Buffalo, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: The Sharks started the year alternating games between Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi, but after two consecutive losses by Stalock, Niemi has started the past two. He struggled in those two games, taking 5-3 and 5-4 losses, so Stalock could continue to earn more starts with a solid performance against the struggling Sabres.
News: Zdeno Chara (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Analysis: The move comes as little surprise after Zdeno Chara was ruled out four-to-six weeks after suffering a PCL tear in his left knee Thursday night. Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow were recalled from AHL Providence in corresponding moves to give the Bruins some replacement options on the blue line.
News: Paul Stastny (upper body) has been able to skate the last two days, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: It seems as though Paul Stastny has returned to the ice strictly for conditioning purposes, as he hasn't attempted shots or taken any contact yet. The Blues remain steadfast in their belief that a lengthy absence isn't in store for Stastny, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that he'll be back before the end of the month.
News: John Gibson has been confirmed as the starter for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: While John Gibson has been surpassed by Frederik Andersen on the team's depth chart, coach Bruce Boudreau stated that he still intends to give the 21-year-old semi-frequent action in order to build his confidence. Boudreau will instead save the red-hot Andersen for the more critical matchup of the weekend, when the division-rival Sharks come to Anaheim.