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 Gustavsson (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve and loaned to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday for a conditioning stint. Analysis: The Red Wings cleared up a 23-man roster spot for Jonas Gustavsson by waiving Brian Lashoff, but the goalie likely won't be available for action with the big club until next week. He'll man the net Saturday for Grand Rapids in what will mark his first game in three months. The conditioning stint is only expected to last one game, with Tom McCollum set to be reassigned to the AHL club once Gustavsson rejoins the Red Wings. Gustavsson's first start could come as soon as Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
News: Brian Lashoff cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Brian Lashoff had only appeared in 11 games all season for the Red Wings, serving as the team's primary seventh defenseman. While no longer on the 23-man roster, he'll at least get to play more frequently in the minors.
News: Casey Cizikas (foot) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: A game-time decision for Saturday's tilt after skipping Friday's practice due to the minor injury, Casey Cizikas experienced no setbacks while taking part in pregame warmups and was cleared to slot into the lineup. Expect him to center the club's fourth line Saturday.
News: Jimmy Hayes will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Devils, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: With a respectable 13 goals in 38 games this season, Jimmy Hayes has occasionally shown a nose for the net for the Panthers, but not frequently enough lately. He's been absent from the score sheet for the last six games, despite putting up 17 shot attempts during that stretch. Tomas Fleischmann draws into Saturday's lineup in his stead.
News: Tomas Fleischmann will rejoin the Florida lineup Saturday against the Devils, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Tomas Fleischmann had been a healthy scratch for both of the Panthers' first two games out of the All-Star break. With only 13 points in 38 games and a non-guaranteed lineup spot every night, it's hard to rely on Fleischmann outside of deeper formats.
News: Jiri Hudler (illness) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Oilers, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Jiri Hudler was also a game-time decision Tuesday but fought through and tallied two points. Odds are Hudler will be in the lineup, but the pregame skate should give the final say.