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: Jori Lehtera (undisclosed) who is believed to be suffering from an upper body injury, is not likely to suit up Saturday against the Caps, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: The Blues still haven't specified Jori Lehtera's injury, but it looks like he will be unavailable into next week at least.
News: Patrick Kane had a pair of goals on Friday night in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Ducks and has five goals in his last five games. Analysis: Going into Saturday night's game against the Sharks, Patrick Kane has six goals and 15 assists in 26 games against San Jose in his career. The Blackhawks' second line with Kane, Patrick Sharp and Brad Richards is on fire. Kane had two goals and an assist in the win against the Ducks while Sharp added four assists and Richards chipped in an assist of his own. With two more goals Kane has accumulated 25 on the season in 49 games. If he stays away from injuries, he'll easily surpass his career high in goals in a season of 30 in the 2009-10 season. It's doubtful though that he will surpass his career high of 88 points in that season. He currently has 56 points in 49 games including 31 assists.
News: Patrik Berglund (upper body) is not likely to suit up Sunday against the Caps, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Patrik Berglund is still considered day-to-day, but won't suit up until next week at the earliest.
News: T.J. Oshie picked up an assist in a shootout win over the Canes on Friday. He added two shots, two PIM, and two hits on the night. Analysis: T.J. Oshie is has points in four straight after having a seven game point streak end earlier in the month. He is up to 30 points and a plus-12 rating in 40 games for the season.
News: Patrick Sharp had a big Friday night with four assists in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Ducks. Analysis: It was his third, four-assist game in his career with the last coming in the fall of 2013. After a recent three-game points' drought, Patrick Sharp has a goal and 8 assists in his last five games. With the four assists Sharp has 10 goals and 20 assists in 35 games. He won't reach his career high of last season with 34 goals and 44 assists, but that is mainly due to a leg injury where he missed 14 games earlier in the season.
News: Alex Pietrangelo picked up an assist Friday in a shootout win over Carolina. He was plus-1 and added one shot, two hits, and a blocked shot in the game. Analysis: Like many of his teammates, January has treated Alex Pietrangelo well as he has picked up seven points in 11 games since the calendar flipped. He has been overshadowed by teammate Kevin Shattenkirk this year, but Pietrangelo is having a solid season with 28 points, an even rating, and 125 shots on goal through 48 games.