News: Bryan Bickell scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season and also registered an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday. Analysis: Bryan Bickell earned a new contract a couple of years ago for his work in the Stanley Cup playoffs en route to winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks are looking for more during the regular season than the 11 goals and four assists he had last season in 59 games. For this season he has one goal and two assists in the first five games.
News: Calle Jarnkrok was held off the scoresheet for the sixth consecutive game Tuesday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Calle Jarnkrok has a boatload of offensive talent, but is having a hard time realizing it while skating on the Preds' third line with Olli Jokinen and Viktor Stalberg. The best fantasy owners can probably hope for is for Jarnkrok to receive a promotion to a scoring line, however the team is deep at center with Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy anchoring the top two lines. Furthermore, the roster will soon become even more crowded down the middle with Mike Fisher (Achilles) due back in late November. Jarnkrok owners may want to start looking around for viable alternatives.
News: Taylor Beck was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game Tuesday against the Coyotes. Analysis: Taylor Beck has only managed to find his way into the lineup for two games this season, posting an assist in one of them. For now, coach Peter Laviolette is opting to roll with a combination of Viktor Stalberg, Olli Jokinen, Gabriel Bourque and Eric Nystrom as his checking line forwards, leaving Beck on the outside looking in. He should not be on anyone's fantasy roster right now.
News: Derek Roy tallied an assist during Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes, giving him four points in six games to start the season. Analysis: Derek Roy has been a steady source of offense for the new-look Preds this season, skating primarily on the team's second line alongside Colin Wilson and Craig Smith. Going forward, Roy should continue to see plenty of opportunities to add to his totals, both at even strength and on the power play.
News: Carey Price stopped 27 of 28 shots in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Red Wings. It was his fifth win in six starts. Analysis: Carey Price has weathered a shaky start to the season while the team bailed him out. Now, with two straight normal Price-performances, the goals-against average is below 3.00 and the save percentage above .900.
News: David Desharnais scored in overtime to seal Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Red Wings. It was the first goal of the season for Montreal's top-line center. Analysis: Aside from a big night against the Bruins last week, the first line has been relatively quiet to start the season. That'll change. David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher will be team scoring leaders before the season is done.
News: Alex Galchenyuk scored late in regulation in Tuesday night's 2-1 overtime win against Detroit. The streaking Galchenyuk has goals in two consecutive games and at least one point in six of the first seven. Analysis: The kid also doled out another three hits and used his physicality at the crease to slip one by the Wings' Jimmy Howard, who didn't deserve to take this loss. A more physical Alex Galchenyuk has stood out early in the season.
News: Aaron Ekblad assisted on Aleksander Barkov's goal in the first period Tuesday against the Avalanche. Analysis: The first overall pick in the 2014 entry draft continues to impress for the Panthers. The assist was his second of the season and he had just over 20 minutes of ice time.
News: Dale Weise was inserted into the active lineup for Tuesday night's game against Detroit, playing right wing on the third line in place of rookie Jiri Sekac. Analysis: Dale Weise had three shots on goal and a team-high six hits in 13:14 of ice time. The third line were a combined minus-17 with one goal through the first six games, so head coach Michel Therrien thought a change was needed.
News: Jiri Sekac was a healthy scratch for Tuesday night's game against Detroit. Dale Weise, himself a healthy scratch three times in the first six games, took his spot in the active lineup. Analysis: The third line has been the laggard in Montreal's hot start to the season, so head coach Michel Therrien changed it up by inserting Weise on the combination with Rene Bourque and Lars Eller.