News: Mike Fisher factored into all the Nashville offense Thursday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Mike Fisher's been a scoresheet regular of late, with seven points in his last eight games, but that's nothing new -- he's been producing offense at a terrifically steady rate since returning from the Achilles' heel injury that kept him out of action in the season's early months.
News: Erik Haula finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Preds. Analysis: The Finnish forward had gone five games without a point and had just a lonely goal in his last 15 games. He's got little to no fantasy value right now, but Erik Haula has been a successful scorer at the University of Minnesota and AHL Iowa, so he does have long-term upside.
News: Kyle Brodziak notched a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating Thursday in a win over the Predators. Analysis: Kyle Brodziak had managed all of three points in his prior 17 games, so this qualifies as an outlier. His middling PIM and hit totals give him some value in super-deep leagues, but that's about it.
News: Marko Dano scored his third goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: Skating on a line with breakout star Nick Foligno has done wonders for the rookie, and Marko Dano now has two goals and four points in his last four games. His physical game is also coming around, as Dano has 15 hits over those four games, and it looks like he'll stick in Columbus for the foreseeable future.
News: Scott Gomez (flu) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bruins. Analysis: After Scott Gomez missed morning skate, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said the veteran center is "very questionable". If Gomez can't go, both Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat figure to join the lineup, following Thursday's trade of Jaromir Jagr to the Panthers.
News: Petter Granberg was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Friday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Petter Granberg made three appearances during his latest NHL stint, recording four PIM but no points or shots on goal. Still only 22 years old, he's still in search of his first NHL point.
News: Lars Eller was dropped to the third line for Thursday night's win over Columbus, Hockey Inside Out reports. He had one shot on goal, one hit and finished plus-1 in 12:33 of ice time. Analysis: Newcomer Devante Smith-Pelly was given a coveted spot as a top-six forward on the second line, forcing Lars Eller to skate with Brandon Prust and rookie Jacob De La Rose.
News: Brendan Gallagher had an assist, his fourth straight game with a point, in Thursday night's 5-2 win over Columbus. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher had been in a scoring slump until the past week or so. He's tallied six points (four goals, two assists) during his four-game run. He's a spark in the Candadiens' offense and will get his points, so fantasy players need to ride out those fallow periods. At 36 points through 61 games, he's sure to pass his career-high mark of 41 points set last season.
News: Claude Giroux put up a power-play goal, a power-play assist and two penalty minutes Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Toronto. Analysis: After a slump in which he managed just a single point in six games, Claude Giroux's now turned out two-point performances in two of his last three outings. Slumps happen, but he's still one of the best players in fantasy.
News: Rob Zepp was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots Thursday in a loss to Toronto. Analysis: Steve Mason came on and stopped eight of nine, which ended up getting him the loss instead of Rob Zepp. WIth Mason back now, Zepp's starts will dry up, and he could be sent back to AHL Adirondack, although the Flyers could also try to demote or cut Ray Emery.