News: Brian Boyle has just a single point -- a goal -- in his last 22 games. Analysis: He's still contributing hits, blocks and a few shots on net. And winning face-offs, too. But none of that is enough to make him fantasy worthy, even in the deepest and most obscurest formats. We're pretty sure you can find better.
News: The Lightning have reassigned Andrei Vasilevskiy to Syracuse of the AHL. Analysis: He was 2-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .940 save percentage during this call-up. He's 8-3-3 with a 2.34 GAA and .918 save percentage in the AHL this season and had been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Dec. 15. He'll be back, but only if there's another injury.
News: Nicolas Deslauriers potted his third goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Red Wings. Analysis: A rash of injuries at forward forced Nicolas Deslauriers from his usual bottom-six spot up to the second line Tuesday, a role he's probably a bit underqualified to fill. While he was able to come away with a point, his overall scoring marks (10 points in 35 games) on the season don't make him much of an interesting fantasy option. Roster him only if you need help in the hits category, where his total of 108 ranks first on the team.
News: Chris Stewart netted his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Red Wings. He's now tallied a point in three straight games. Analysis: Slowly but surely, Chris Stewart is beginning to dig himself out of his painfully slow start to the season. His shooting percentage still sits a full seven points below his career rate, giving Stewart some potential to notice a surge in his goal scoring as the season progresses. Even if that shooting rate stabilizes, however, Stewart's plus/minus rating -- which currently sits at minus-15 -- might be too much of a drain to get much utility out of any increase in goals.
News: Brendan Smith registered an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sabres. Analysis: Despite the Red Wings winning by a comfortable three-goal margin, Brendan Smith managed to go minus-2 over his 19:41 of ice time. The 25-year-old has held down a regular role throughout his fourth NHL season, but he has yet to develop into the puck-moving threat the Red Wings envisioned when they drafted him in 2007. His two goals and seven points in 30 games don't offer much to get excited over.
News: Luke Glendening assisted on one of six Detroit goals in Tuesday's victory over Buffalo. Analysis: Luke Glendening has suited up for all 35 of the Red Wings' games in 2014-15, but the team's relatively sound health at the center spot compared to a season earlier has confined the 25-year-old to a bottom-six role. He's shown some proficiency as a hitter in that capacity, but his offensive opportunities have been scarce. He's mustered just over one shot attempt per game and has only five points to show for it.
News: Justin Abdelkader registered an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sabres. Analysis: It was Justin Abdelkader's first point in his four games since returning from a shoulder injury, but there's still a lot to like about him in mid-sized or deeper formats given his current standing on the Red Wings' depth chart. Abdelkader continues to man a top-line spot with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, topping over 19 minutes in each of the last two contests. Even a player like Abdelkader with a modest track record as a scorer warrants attention while he remains aligned with those two studs.
News: Bryan Little tallied the game-winning goal and finished with a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Analysis: With 23 points in 35 games, Bryan Little is on pace to fall short of last season's mark of 64 points, but it's hard to call him a disappointment. While he doesn't chip in much as a specialist with only 10 PIM and 24 hits on the season, his point totals and respectable plus/minus (plus-5) make him a quality depth piece for any fantasy roster.
News: Andrew Ladd pocketed two assists and finished with a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Andrew Ladd's two-point night vaulted him into a tie with Blake Wheeler for the team lead in scoring with 25 points. In addition, Ladd laid five hits on the defensive end, boosting his total to 87 on the season, good for third-best on the team. The underrated winger is worth owning in just about any format.
News: Anthony Peluso tallied one of five Winnipeg goals in Tuesday's triumph over the Blackhawks. Analysis: The fourth-liner rarely provides points of any variety, so he'll undoubtedly treasure the third goal of his 73-game career. Anthony Peluso is averaging only 5:28 of ice time per game and has often been a healthy scratch this season, making it difficult to count on him even for consistent hit and PIM totals.