News: VandeChris Vande Velde was returned to AHL Adirondack on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: With Zac Rinaldo due to return in the Flyers' next game Saturday, the team had no need to keep VandeChris Vande Velde with the parent club any longer. He appeared in just one game during his brief stay with the Flyers, logging 3:53 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Devils.
News: Petr Nedved officially announced his retirement from hockey Friday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: The 42-year-old has played the last seven seasons in Europe after a 15-year NHL career with the Canucks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers. He was among the most prized fantasy assets back in the day, with his 99-point campaign with the Penguins in 1995-96 amounting to his greatest NHL season.
News: Magnus Paajarvi has an upper-body injury and will not be available Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Magnus Paajarvi left practice early after suffering the injury in Thursday's game against Edmonton. Coach Ken Hitchcock will let him rest for a game before reevaluating where Paajarvi is at in his recovery. Brenden Morrow enters the lineup Saturday.
News: Ryan Miller will be back in the crease Saturday vs. the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Ryan Miller quickly rebounded from his first loss with the Blues earlier this week with a decisive victory over the Oilers on Thursday. With a far better supporting cast flanking him in St. Louis than in Buffalo, Miller should be treated as an elite fantasy option at goalie for the rest of the season.
News: Viktor Fasth is expected to start Friday vs. the Red Wings. Analysis: Coach Dallas Eakins hasn't announced a starter for Friday's game, but given that Ben Scrivens started a night earlier, Viktor Fasth figures to draw into the crease to relieve him. Fasth won in his Oilers debut Tuesday vs. the Wild, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
News: Matt Nieto potted his third goal in four games and extended a points streak to four games with a tally in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Islanders Friday. Analysis: Matt Nieto has quietly been giving San Jose a secondary scoring threat after the likes of Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. Give him a look in deep leagues if you need a scoring boost, as he is seeing chances on a strong team, just don't be disappointed if he quiets a bit.
News: James Sheppard assisted on two of San Jose's four goals in Friday's 4-3 win over the Islanders. Analysis: James Sheppard added two assists in the team's win over Toronto earlier in the week but has remained relatively quiet offensively this season with 15 points in 53 games.
News: Martin Havlat grabbed a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 win over the Islanders, giving him two goals in his last three games. Analysis: Martin Havlat has missed some time lately with a nagging injury, but he's also been a healthy scratch at times this season. He still is a talented winger on a strong team, but this type of consistency has eluded him most of the season. Use him judiciously, just don't be surprised when he disappears for a time.
News: Antti Niemi made 35 saves in Friday's 4-3 win over the Islanders, giving him his fourth win in as many starts. Analysis: Antti Niemi has been ceding some starts to Alexander Stalock, but he was solid on Friday despite the Islanders clawing their way back into the game. While Niemi has been securing wins, he's allowed three goals in two of his last four starts and has not been the league's best netminder of late. Still, he is on San Jose and a lock to get a handful of wins down the stretch.
News: Jesse Joensuu left Friday's game with an ankle injury and will not return. Analysis: With just five points through 42 games, the fourth-liner hasn't had much of a fantasy impact this season. Jesse Joensuu continues to log about 10 minutes per game, and he still hasn't shown any signs of becoming a top-six forward.