News: Frans Nielsen gathered his fourth assist of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Frans Nielsen is still in search of his first goal of the season after potting 25 in 2013-14, but he's at least been a productive facilitator on the Isles' third line. Don't expect him to provide much value in anything but the non-scoring categories, as he's never been an especially prolific hitter or blocker on defense.
News: Patrick Marleau added two assists to his ledger Tuesday versus the Bruins. Analysis: Patrick Marleau has been a force offensively for the Sharks in the early stages of the season, accumulating four goals and five assists in seven games. However, the Sharks' back-to-back losses resulted in Marleau taking a collective minus-3 rating during that time, putting him on the negative side of that category for the season.
News: Nathan Beaulieu was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Nathan Beaulieu will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 21-year-old has been a healthy scratch for the Habs' last three games, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Michael Bournival was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Michael Bournival will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 22-year-old has been a healthy scratch for all seven of the Habs' games thus far, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Andrew Ebbett was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Andrew Ebbett was sent down earlier in the week so he could take part in some game action. He played Tuesday for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but figures to be a regular in the press box now that's he back with the Penguins.
News: Scott Harrington was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: After going unused by the Penguins in his stint with the team earlier in the season, Scott Harrington was set to the minors so he could get in a game Tuesday. He'll reprise his role as the Pens' seventh defenseman upon rejoining the club.
News: Joe Thornton scored a goal in the second period of Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: Joe Thornton doesn't often look for his own shot these days, but he was able to find the net Tuesday for the second time in three games. The lack of diversity in his scoring may prevent him from yielding the fantasy value of some of the league's top pivots, but Thornton should be able to make another run at an 80-point campaign.
News: Brent Burns recorded an assist and attempted six shots on goal in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. Analysis: The move to defense has done nothing to deter Brent Burns' fantasy production -- in fact, he may be more valuable than ever. He's already piled up a goal and seven assists in seven games, and is on pace to crush last season's totals in penalty minutes and blocked shots. He's certainly not expected to continue his point-per-game production, but Burns could quite possibly finish the season as a top-tier fantasy defenseman.
News: Brad Richards, who was signed as a free agent during the summer, registered an assist, his first point as a Chicago Blackhawk on Tuesday in the squad's 4-0 win over the Flyers. Analysis: The Blackhawks are looking for Brad Richards to be on par with what he tallied last season, 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games, but more importantly they wanted him to fill a much-needed center spot in the lineup especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
News: Bryan Bickell scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season and also registered an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday. Analysis: Bryan Bickell earned a new contract a couple of years ago for his work in the Stanley Cup playoffs en route to winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks are looking for more during the regular season than the 11 goals and four assists he had last season in 59 games. For this season he has one goal and two assists in the first five games.