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: Chris Tanev tallied two assists in Friday's 5-2 win over Buffalo. Analysis: Chris Tanev isn't exactly known for his scoring prowess, so it's always a bonus when he's able to generate some points. Tanev is known, however, for his willingness to sacrifice his body, as he currently has the fifth most blocked shots in the NHL with 119. Tanev is on pace to post career highs in both points and blocked shots this season.
News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus on track to start Saturday's game against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has allowed three goals in both of the outings since the All-Star break, taking a loss in one (against Montreal) and winning the other (against Ottawa). Such performances have been par for the course for Lehtonen, who has ridden a stellar offense to a 20-11-7 record despite his ugly ratios (2.99 GAA, .903 save percentage). He'll match up Saturday against Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson, who has performed as one of the league's top goalies this season.
News: Curtis McElhinney is expected to draw the start in goal Saturday against the Lightning. Analysis: Verification that Curtis McElhinney will man the crease should come forth during pregame warmups. McElhinney has backstopped the last two games for the Jackets in place of the injured Sergei Bobrovsky, surrendering three goals apiece in a win over the Capitals and a loss to the Panthers. The goalie is actually 4-1-0 over his last five appearances, but it will be tough to ask him to come away with a win Saturday against one of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
News: Alexander Semin is expected to rejoin the Hurricanes lineup Saturday against the Rangers, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Carolinas reports. Analysis: Coach Bill Peters reiterated after Friday's game against the Blues that he intended to get all of his healthy scratches back into the lineup for the second half of the team's back-to-back. Alexander Semin hasn't endeared himself to the coaching staff nor fantasy owners this season, registering only eight points in 26 games -- a hideous output for a player making $7 million annually.
News: Henrik Sedin registered two assists in Friday's 5-2 win over the Sabres. Analysis: Henrik Sedin's assist total now sits at 31, with nine goals added for good measure. He's been ridiculously consistent this season, never going more than three games without notching a point. Sedin is currently on pace to register 70 points this season, and remains a must-start in all formats.
News: Andrew Ebbett was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Analysis: Andrew Ebbett suited up in all three of the Penguins' games since his Monday recall from the minors, failing to pick up any points on his seven shots on goal. The fourth-liner's return to the AHL will allow Beau Bennett to crack Sunday's lineup against the Predators, after he had served as a healthy scratch in the Pens' previous contest.