News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and was plus-1 in Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher is enjoying life since his move to the top line -- that's the place to be for a Canadien forward. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the previous eight games.
News: Jaden Schwartz scored his 21st goal of the season Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Flyers. He was plus-1 and took two shots while adding a hit in the contest. Analysis: Despite missing seven games in December with a foot injury, Jaden Schwartz is on-pace to set career-highs in goals, assists, and points. He has combined with linemate Vladimir Tarasenko to form a potent duo for the Blues all season. He is a must start and is moving up the ranks of keepers for next year.
News: Reilly Smith signed a two-year, $6.85 million extension with the Bruins on Friday, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Analysis: Reilly Smith was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but the extension will lock him in with the Bruins through the end of the 2016-17 season. Generally regarded as a throw-in to the July 2013 deal that sent Tyler Seguin to the Stars, Smith has arguably been the top performer in the four-player haul the Bruins received in return. He hasn't missed a single game during his two years in Boston and currently ranks second on the team in points (35) and tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-11).
News: Torey Krug signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract extension with the Bruins on Friday, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Analysis: Torey Krug was slated to become a restricted free agent this summer, but the extension ensures the defenseman will be locked in for another season with the B's. The 23-year-old has been outstanding in his first two full seasons in the NHL, tallying 25 goals and 71 points across 138 games. Assuming his production doesn't tail off significantly in 2015-16, look for the Bruins to make a long-term extension offer to Krug as soon as next year.
News: Wayne Simmonds scored the winner in the third period of Thursday's 3-1 victory over St. Louis. Analysis: It's the 26th goal of the season for Wayne Simmonds, who is on pace to score more goals than last year. Still, his assist numbers are down from last season, perhaps a sign of the Flyers' overall struggles this season. Either way, he's been productive of late and warrants a start in nearly all formats.
News: Michael Del Zotto lit the lamp for the game-tying goal in Thursday's 3-1 win over St. Louis. Analysis: Michael Del Zotto has two goals in his last three games, and seems to have stepped up his game after the departure via trade of fellow defenseman Braydon Coburn. He's worth a look if you're struggling for defensive production.
News: Coach Bill Peters said Thursday that Ryan Murphy (leg) is still facing an uncertain return date. Analysis: The Hurricanes were expected to have a clearer idea of Ryan Murphy's timetable by this point in the week, but it appears they weren't able to gain the clarity they were looking for. Peters did mention that the Hurricanes won't rush Murphy back into action until they're confident he can play on a regular basis, so the blueliner may need to log multiple days of practices in a row before he's activated from IR.
News: Teuvo Teravainen is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Friday against the Oilers, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: It sounds like coach Joel Quenneville is itching to get a look at the recently acquired Andrew Desjardins, so he'll slot into the lineup for his Blackhawks debut while Teuvo Teravainen heads to the press box. Teravainen was expected to be the main ice time beneficiary in the wake of Patrick Kane's long-term injury, but he hasn't played more than 14 minutes in the three games since his call-up.
News: Michael Latta (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Wild. Analysis: The Capitals are still listing Michael Latta as day-to-day with the injury, but since he failed to participate in the team's morning skate, he'll be held out of the lineup Thursday. Brooks Laich will rejoin the lineup to replace Latta.
News: Tuukka Rask is in line to start Thursday's game against the Flames, the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: With the Bruins clinging to the No. 2 wild card seed in the Eastern Conference, Tuukka Rask figures to remain busy going forward, though it's worth noting that the team has back-to-back contests this weekend, against the Flyers on Saturday and the Red Wings on Sunday.