News: Nathan MacKinnon dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Nashville. Analysis: The two points snapped a three-game scoring drought for Nathan MacKinnon, who now has nine goals and 29 points in 50 games. While he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, the Avs are playing good hockey right now, picking up at least one point in six of their last seven games. MacKinnon's only 19, so we wouldn't give up on him just yet this season. His whopping 152 shots on goal indicate more goals are on the way. Patience is a virtue.
News: Mike Ribeiro took a break from scoring Friday, racking up 22 PIM in a loss to Colorado. Analysis: While Mike Ribeiro has 43 points (33 assists) in 48 games this season, he is also now among the league's top-100 PIM leaders. Producing at basically a point-per-game pace and sporting a steady plus-15 rating, Ribeiro is worth owning in most formats.
News: Marek Mazanec gave up two goals on 27 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado. Analysis: It was a good effort from Marek Mazanec, who got no offensive support in the shutout loss. It was the first start of the season for the 23-year-old, who had been giving way to Carter Hutton in Pekka Rinne's (knee) absence. Considering Hutton has given up seven goals in his last two starts, Mazanec could be worth a temporary pick-up until Rinne returns.
News: Semyon Varlamov stopped all 23 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Nashville. Analysis: A perfect outing for the workhorse, who has started 14 of the Avs' past 15 games. Semyon Varlamov is now 13-10-7 on the season with a .922 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. He's delivered some consistency play of late, allowing more than three goals just once in his last 10 appearances. Considering he's starting almost every game for an Avs team that has picked up at least one point in six of their last seven games, Varlamov is a great own in almost all formats.
News: Jonas Hiller will receive the start in goal Saturday against the Oilers, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: While the Oilers haven't resembled a total doormat in recent weeks, Saturday's outing still represents a favorable matchup for Jonas Hiller. The goalie owns a career 15-4-1 record against the Oilers, and has been playing stellar since taking the net back from Joni Ortio. He's turned in consecutive one-goal outings to improve his season GAA to 2.37 while upping his save percentage to .914.
News: Steve Mason will be in net for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Steve Mason is gradually inching closer to the .500 mark for the season, with his 4-1 record over his last five outings bringing him up to 10-12-6. He's looked strong since returning from a lower-body injury after the All-Star break, and should represent one of the better starting goalie options for Saturday's slate given the Leafs' ruinous state at the moment. Toronto has dropped eight games in a row, putting up a grand total of seven goals during that stretch.
News: Michael Hutchinson will be in the crease Saturday against the Stars, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 reports. Analysis: Michael Hutchinson's fantasy owners have been pleading coach Paul Maurice to ditch the goalie rotation for quite some time, and it appears he'll finally comply for at least one game. It's a bit surprising that Maurice has decided now to give Hutchinson a second straight turn, as his last start Thursday against the Flyers was a four-goal dud. However, Hutchinson did well to build up plenty of goodwill before that with a four-game winning streak, while Ondrej Pavelec has only continued to languish when he's been called upon. If Hutchinson can get back on track Saturday against an elite Stars offense, it's hard to imagine Maurice returning to the rotation.
News: Tuukka Rask has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Saturday's showdown with the Kings. Analysis: The atmosphere should be electric at the TD Garden on Saturday evening in a match between two of the league's elite teams over the last half decade. Tuukka Rask has of course been instrumental in the Bruins' sustained excellence, but had been a surprising liability at some stages earlier this season. That no longer appears to be the case, as he's resurfaced as perhaps the league's top netminder over the last month, going 6-1-3 with a 1.67 GAA and .947 save percentage thus far in January. The Kings are certainly an imposing threat, but they shouldn't deter Rask's fantasy owners from using him with gusto.
News: Braden Holtby will man the crease for Saturday's matinee against the Canadiens, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: The game against Montreal kicks off a tough weekend back-to-back set for the Caps, who will host a sizzling St. Louis squad Sunday afternoon. Coach Barry Trotz didn't reveal his goalie plans for that game, but if Braden Holtby can keep the Habs at bay and if his defense is able to prevent him from facing a slew of shots, there's a good chance he'd get the call again Sunday. Holtby was again impressive in his last outing Wednesday versus the Pens, spinning his fifth shutout of the season.
News: Ryan Miller turned aside 20 of 22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Sabres on Friday. It was the first time facing his former team. Analysis: Both goals came off the stick of Chris Stewart, one of the players in the deal that shipped Ryan Miller out of Buffalo last March. Miller is now up to 24 wins to go with a .917 save percentage and 2.32 GAA this year, and will continue to be influential in Vancouver`s push to the playoffs in the final 35 games of the campaign.