News: Frederik Andersen stopped all but one of the Stars' 22 shots in a 2-1 overtime win Friday. Analysis: Frederik Andersen was 5:27 away from his second shutout of the season before a back-door goal from Antoine Roussel knotted things up. He's been one of the best fantasy options in net this year with his 6-1 record, shiny .940 save percentage and 1.70 GAA and still has quite the advantage over John Gibson for Anaheim's starting gig.
News: Kari Lehtonen turned aside 22 of 24 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss -- his third of the season -- to the visiting Ducks on Friday. Analysis: The good news is that the 4-0-3 Kari Lehtonen still hasn't lost in regulation, but owners are undoubtedly a little frustrated by his bad luck in the extra frame. He hasn't been particularly good of late, giving up eight goals on his last 78 shots for a save percentage of .897. Also, Lehtonen is somewhat of a complex fantasy commodity, as he'll get the bulk of Dallas' starts but is also largely at the mercy of a mediocre defense for an offense that relies heavily on Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and to a lesser extent, Jason Spezza. If those guys have an off night (like they did against Anaheim), Lehtonen's chances at the all-important victory will likely be slim. The Stars play again Saturday against the Wild -- who are second in the NHL in shots with a whopping average of 35.6 per game -- so even if Lehtonen gets the nod in the second of back-to-backs, it won't be the most favorable matchup for him to get back in the win column.
News: Paul Stastny (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny suffered the injury Oct. 18 against the Coyotes and hasn't returned to action since. He appeared to be on track for Thursday's contest, but was ruled out in a game-time decision and now will miss Saturday as well.
News: Jonas Hiller thwarted 28 of 31 shots en route to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Predators on Friday. Analysis: Jonas Hiller owes a large part of this "W" to the Flames offense, which exploded for three goals in less than five minutes in the third, erasing a 2-1 Nashville lead. The former Duck has played extremely well while splitting time with Karri Ramo this season, surrendering just six goals on 151 shots (.960 save percentage) over his last five starts. Hiller was recently appointed the No. 1 starter in Cow Town by head coach Bob Hartley, so as long as he's playing well, he should be between the pipes with regularity for the Flames.
News: Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 30 goals in a 4-3 loss to Calgary on Friday. Analysis: Pekka Rinne and the Preds coughed up a 2-1 lead in the third period -- allowing three goals in under five minutes -- that they ultimately wouldn't recover from. Nashville has four games remaining on its road trip against the Canucks, Jets, Stars and Blues, and with none of those contests coming on back-to-back nights, it's conceivable that the 6-2-1 workhorse will get the nod for all four.
News: James Neal scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Flames. Analysis: The former Penguin and Star also fired seven shots on goal, tying his season high. Although he's yet to record an assist through 10 games, James Neal has found the back of the net seven times so far, dispelling the notion that he'd suffer a significant decline in production without the help of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The 27-year-old still has a lethal release and one of the best shots in the league on what's looking like a much-improved Predators offense, so go ahead and roll him out there each time he takes the ice.
News: Ryan Callahan (lower body) declared himself ready to return to the lineup Saturday against the Capitals, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: The Bolts already reassigned Cedric Paquette back to AHL Syracuse on Friday, clearing the way for Ryan Callahan's activation from IR prior to Saturday's game. The 29-year-old practiced fully Friday, and so long as nothing bothers him at Saturday's morning skate, he'll reenter the lineup for the first time in five games. Look for him to claim a spot on the Bolts' second line, joining Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.
News: Kyle Quincey has been diagnosed with an ankle injury, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: GM Ken Holland said the Red Wings were uncertain whether Kyle Quincey's injury was a short-term or long-term concern. A more thorough evaluation by the team's medical staff over the next 24 hours should offer a clearer prognosis for Quincey, who has one point in 10 games this season.
News: Paul Martin was held pointless with a plus-1 rating in just over 17 minutes (17:17) of action Thursday against Los Angeles. Analysis: He made it through the contest without missing a shift. The Pittsburgh defenseman, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a stiff back, saw 3:06 TOI penalty killing but just 20 seconds on the power play.
News: Michael Ferland was removed from Friday's game against the Predators with an upper-body injury and will not return. Analysis: The Flames recalled Michael Ferland on Thursday specifically to address the rash of injuries that hit the team in recent days, but he was only able to provide some relief for less than two periods Friday. The Flames should have more information on the extent of his injury after the game. Ferland was held without a point and attempted one shot in his 15 shifts.