News: Mika Zibanejad scored his ninth goal of the season, had an assist, was credited with four shots on goal, and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: An all-around great fantasy night for Mika Zibanejad, who now has 17 points in 30 games on the season. After a slow start, Zibanejad has heated up, recording six goals and 11 points in his last nine games. Skating on the second line with Bobby Ryan, the 21-year-old could hit the 25-goal mark in 2014-15, making him worthy of a look right now.
News: Erik Karlsson collected a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Erik Karlsson now has points in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet in his previous three game. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 23 points in 32 games on the season, to go with a minus-12 rating. He sits second in the NHL with 124 shots on goal and is one of the best offensive defenseman in the game. Keep him rolling.
News: Kyle Turris remained red-hot on Friday, scoring a highlight-reel shorthanded goal and adding an assist in a win over the Ducks. Analysis: Kyle Turris has been lighting it up lately, riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded three goals and seven points. With 23 points (seven goals) in 32 games, the 25-year-old is proving to be a reliable fantasy option this season. He has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games and has never gone more than three games without appearing on the scoresheet. His consistency and top-line role makes him worth a look right now.
News: Mark Giordano scored the lone Calgary goal in a 2-1 loss to Dallas on Friday. Analysis: Mark Giordano has been one of the few constants remaining for Calgary during its seven-game losing streak. He has seven points in nine December games and continues to easily lead the NHL in defenseman scoring.
News: Brad Boyes (upper body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Penguins, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Brad Boyes was a surprise scratch Thursday against the Flyers due to the injury, but since he was able to practice Friday, the Panthers never considered the ailment to be serious. Brandon Pirri will head back to the press box Saturday in order for Boyes to reclaim his spot in the lineup.
News: Jimmy Hayes will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Penguins, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Coach Gerard Gallant wants to get youngster Vincent Trocheck in the lineup in his hometown of Pittsburgh, so Jimmy Hayes will head to the press box in order to facilitate the change. Hayes has mustered one goal and no assists in the seven games since his two-point showing Dec. 2 against the Red Wings.
News: Roberto Luongo was the first goalie off the ice at the Panthers' morning skate and is thus in line to start Saturday against the Penguins, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo has put together a three-game winning streak, highlighted by back-to-back victories in long shootouts against the Capitals and Flyers. While the high-scoring Penguins don't make for a particularly favorable matchup, they've been bitten hard by the injury bug and the mumps virus over the last several weeks. Even in a packed Saturday slate, Luongo still looks like a serviceable fantasy option.
News: Torey Krug notched the Bruins' only goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Jets. Analysis: With 12 points in 29 games overall, Torey Krug is off last season's pace (40 points in 79 games), but things have picked up a bit for the mobile blueliner of late, as he now has points in five of his last seven contests.
News: Alexander Semin (lower body) has been ruled out for a return to action Saturday against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin participated in Saturday's morning session and looks to be close to playing, but coach Bill Peters opted to hold him out for an additional day. It's possible the Hurricanes wanted to avoid returning him to action amid a back-to-back scenario, so it wouldn't be especially surprising if he was activated in time for Sunday's rematch with the Rangers in New York. Though Semin's return is near, he's not worthy of a speculative add, as he amassed just one goal and six points in 21 games before landing on IR.
News: Coach Bill Peters confirmed that Cam Ward would make the start in goal Saturday against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Though Cam Ward will get the call Saturday, don't be surprised if he's rested when the Hurricanes and Rangers get together in New York on Sunday. That start will likely go to backup Anton Khudobin, who has yet to record a win in his nine starts this season.