News: Colton Sceviour recorded a goal and assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Senators. Analysis: Though Patrick Eaves has since displaced him on the Tyler Seguin-Jamie Benn line, Colton Sceviour may warrant another look after Tuesday's performance. He notched the goal on a deflected shot by fellow fourth-liner Vernon Fiddler, then picked up the secondary helper as a member of the Stars' No. 2 power-play unit. He accomplished all of that in less than nine minutes of ice time, which should allow him to maintain his spot in the lineup a little while longer, even if it doesn't result in a promotion.
News: Jamie Benn potted even-strength and shorthanded goals and added two PIM in Thursday's win over the Senators. Analysis: The shortie came with less than 30 seconds remaining when the Senators were running an empty net. In any case, it amounted to another impressive showing for Jamie Benn, who has churned out four goals and four assists over his last five games.
News: The Capitals remain uncertain about what they will do about Dmitry Orlov (wrist) this season, indicating that "nothing is off the table, including a second procedure", Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: It's been a frustrating season for Dmitry Orlov who has yet to play in any games this season as a result of ongoing, post-surgical complications to repair a broken wrist suffered during the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus last summer. Orlov has been reportedly making progress, but this report casts doubt on his short-term future. It's looking increasingly likely that Orlov will not return to the NHL ranks this season, and thus his value remains limited to keeper leagues, although given his struggles in recovering from this injury, one now wonders if this will cast a shadow on his long-term prospects. For now, monitor his progress and keep any eye on him for next season.
News: John Klingberg recorded a power-play assist and the game-winning goal in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Senators. Analysis: John Klingberg put the Stars on top for good with an unassisted tally, his seventh marker of the season. The 22-year-old hasn't been shy about looking for his own offense since arriving in Big D, racking up 55 shots in 34 games en route to 20 points and a plus-8 rating. That's good enough to warrant roster spot in most leagues.
News: Bobby Ryan registered a goal and assist in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Stars. Analysis: That's three consecutive two-point games for Bobby Ryan, who has really seemed to rediscover the mojo he appeared to leave behind in Anaheim during his first season with the Senators. He's rebounded from a sluggish start to the 2014-15 campaign to carry the offense the last two months, recording 21 points in his last 20 games.
News: Andre Burakovsky took line rushes with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during Friday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: Andre Burakovsky was a surprise healthy scratch for Washington's 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh despite registering two goals and two assists in Washington's prior three games. The rookie was replaced by Jay Beagle for that game, and Beagle was also practicing with Ovechkin and Backstrom on Friday. With Washington facing a back-to-back situation with Montreal and St. Louis this weekend, it's likely Burakovsky will draw back into the lineup in one of the next two games. However, Burakovsky's value is tied significantly to his keeping the RW spot opposite Washington's premier offensive talents. While this appears to be a short-term experiment, the situation is worth monitoring.
News: Trevor Daley tallied a goal and two assists to claim first star honors in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Senators. Analysis: Trevor Daley excelled in all three phases Thursday, recording a shorthanded goal and adding an assist at both even strength and with the man advantage. The shortie was just an empty-netter in the game's final minute, but it shouldn't obscure a extremely productive night for Daley and his fantasy owners. Daley's 12 goals put him in a four-way tie for first in the NHL among blueliners.
News: Jason Garrison contributed an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. Analysis: He would finish the night with a plus-2 rating, adding five PIM and two hits. The 30-year-old has supplied only two points in 11 January contests.
News: Jay Beagle took line rushes with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during Friday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jay Beagle played alongside Ovechkin and Backstrom during Washington's 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, replacing rookie Andre Burakovsky who had been entrenched on the top unit in games prior. It's worth noting that Burakovsky also practiced with the Capitals' top duo, so it's unclear who what the top line will be for the Capitals as they face Montreal and St. Louis this weekend. As long as Beagle is getting such a prominent assignment, he's worth a look in deeper leagues, but it's hard to see this as more than a short-term experiment.
News: Jonathan Drouin added two helpers in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. Analysis: Jonathan Drouin finished as the game's third star, setting up the second of Cedric Paquette's three goals and picking up a secondary assist on Steven Stamkos' power-play tally. The rookie has gone without a goal since Dec. 15, but has recorded seven assists over his last nine contests.