News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and went 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 last eight games.
News: Eric O'Dell was recalled from AHL St. John's on Friday, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: With Bryan Little (undisclosed) expected to miss at least the next two games, Eric O'Dell could perhaps slot in on the third or fourth line. The 24-year-old O'Dell has just one NHL appearance to his name this season, but he does have 29 points (14 goals) in 37 games for AHL St. John's.
News: Ryan Callahan contributed one goal on five shots in Thurday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Analysis: There is plenty to like about Ryan Callahan from a fantasy hockey perspective. His team leads the NHL in goals scored (217) helping him to a plus-7 rating for the season. Callahan is also a threat on the man advantage, where he's posted nine goals with a power-play ice time average of 3:11. He's a safe option in almost any format.
News: Bryan Little (undisclosed) will likely miss the first two games of Winnipeg's upcoming road trip, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: While it's unclear what kind of injury he is dealing with, Bryan Little is not expected to play in Saturday's game in Nashville or Tuesday's game in St. Louis. He'll travel with the team and may be back for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
News: Joey Hishon left the ice after colliding with a teammate during Friday's practice, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: He was removed from the session, but that may have been precautionary more than anything else. Joey Hishon's availability should be clarified in advance of Saturday's game in Columbus, where he's expected to replace Nathan MacKinnon (fractured foot) in the lineup if he receives clearance to play.
News: Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will be out for two-to-four weeks, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the Senators, and he'll now be out until at least late March. There's some chance he won't play again this season, but with Winnipeg still fighting for a playoff spot, the team won't necessarily take a cautious approach.
News: Erik Johnson (knee) was on the ice for a skate for Friday, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy relayed after Erik Johnson's light session that it was the first time the blueliner had been on the ice since undergoing a knee scope in late January. Johnson is about six weeks through the 3-to-8 week recovery timetable the Avalanche initially established for him, so it looks like he could have a chance at meeting the back end of that frame. He'll need to make steady progress over his next handful of on-ice sessions before a more definitive target return date can be pinned down.
News: Zack Smith (wrist) has been cleared to take full contact in practices, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: While an injured player's participation in a full-contact practice would typically signal a forthcoming return, the Senators aren't quite certain when or if Zack Smith will play again this season. His biggest obstacle remaining might be to regain strength in the wrist to shoot and maneuver with the puck, but there's no clear timetable on how long that might take. Smith shouldn't be viewed as day-to-day quite yet.
News: Jonas Hiller is slated to draw the start in goal Friday against the Red Wings. Analysis: Jonas Hiller appears to have surrendered the No. 1 goalie gig to Karri Ramo at least for the time being, but he'll draw the nod Friday after Ramo took the net a night earlier. A 19-17-3 record and 2.46 GAA have put Hiller decidedly in the middle tier of fantasy goalies this season, making him attractive primarily against weaker opponents. Hiller won't be afforded a cushy matchup with the Red Wings, who rank seventh in the league in scoring.
News: Ryan Suter picked up a secondary assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Capitals. Analysis: Ryan Suter had gone the previous eight games without a point, so the helper was sorely needed. The veteran defenseman is averaging 29:11 of ice time per game, which ranks second in the NHL behind defenseman Drew Doughty of the Kings. It must be discouraging for Suter's fantasy owners that he's doing so little with heavy ice time, but he's a proven commodity and not someone you want to give up on.