News: Mika Zibanejad scored his ninth goal of the season, had an assist, was credited with four shots on goal, and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: An all-around great fantasy night for Mika Zibanejad, who now has 17 points in 30 games on the season. After a slow start, Zibanejad has heated up, recording six goals and 11 points in his last nine games. Skating on the second line with Bobby Ryan, the 21-year-old could hit the 25-goal mark in 2014-15, making him worthy of a look right now.
News: Erik Karlsson collected a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Erik Karlsson now has points in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet in his previous three games. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 23 points in 32 games on the season, to go with a minus-12 rating. He sits second in the NHL with 124 shots on goal and is one of the best offensive defensemen in the game. Keep him rolling.
News: Kyle Turris remained red-hot on Friday, scoring a highlight-reel shorthanded goal and adding an assist in a win over the Ducks. Analysis: Kyle Turris has been lighting it up lately, riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded three goals and seven points. With 23 points (seven goals) in 32 games, the 25-year-old is proving to be a reliable fantasy option this season. He has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games and has never gone more than three games without appearing on the scoresheet. His consistency and top-line role makes him worth a look right now.
News: Stephen Weiss (shoulder) will not be in the lineup Sunday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Stephen Weiss is close to his return after being shelved with a separated shoulder, but apparently needs a couple more days. He may be able to return for Tuesday's game against Buffalo.
News: Jimmy Howard (lower body) will be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Avalanche, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the team is optimistic that Jimmy Howard won't be on the shelf for long after suffering a lower-body injury Friday night, but he'll have to sit for at least one game. The Red Wings recalled Thomas McCollum to assume backup duties in the interim, while Petr Mrazek likely makes the start in place of Howard on Sunday against the Avalanche.
News: Ben Bishop (lower body) resumed skating Saturday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Ben Bishop had previously been limited to off-ice workouts the last few days, so this news would seem to be a positive sign of progress for the netminder. He'll be unavailable for the Bolts' third straight contest Saturday, but hopes to be ready for Tuesday's match with the Penguins.
News: Tyler Johnson (illness) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Islanders, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Tyler Johnson, who missed Friday's match with the stomach flu, seems to have better odds of participating in Saturday's contest after taking part in the team's optional skate in the morning. The Bolts will assess his health closer to pregame warmups before rendering a verdict on his status for the showdown with the Islanders.
News: Andrei Vasilevskiy will be between the pipes Saturday against the Islanders, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: As expected, Andrei Vasilevskiy will be handed his second NHL start Saturday after Evgeni Nabokov manned the net in Friday's shootout loss to the Devils. Vasilevskiy's debut Tuesday went about as well as the Bolts could have hoped, as the young netminder stopped 23 of 24 shots to dispatch the Flyers. However, with Ben Bishop (lower body) looking to be on the mend after he was able to skate Saturday, Vasilevskiy's time in Tampa Bay might not last much longer.
News: Jaroslav Halak will be in the crease again Saturday against the Lightning, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: It's the first time Jaroslav Halak will start both ends of a back-to-back on the season, as he'll be granted the nod after facing only 18 shots in Friday's victory over the Red Wings. The Lightning will counter in goal with rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was victorious in his NHL debut Tuesday.
News: John Mitchell (leg) will be activated from injured reserve in advance of Saturday's game against the Sabres, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: John Mitchell is set to center the Avs' third line, with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla flanking him on the wings. Injury issues have limited Mitchell to 17 of a possible 31 games this season, with the 29-year-old contributing six points over those contests.