News: Daniel Paille notched his first goal of the season in Friday's shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: As a fourth-line forward who isn't a prolific hitter or scorer, Daniel Paille's fantasy utility remains extremely limited. He'll probably need to climb to a top-six role before becoming an interesting commodity, something that doesn't seem on track to happen this season.
News: Tuomo Ruutu tallied his fourth goal of the season in Friday's 2-0 win over the Oilers. Analysis: The 31-year-old has found ice time hard to come by while he's remained relegated to a bottom-six role this season. His limited ice time (9:22 per game) has unsurprisingly resulted in meager point totals (five in 19 games).
News: Adam Henrique tallied the game-winner in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Oilers, his first point since returning from a lower-body injury. Analysis: Adam Henrique has been in the lineup for the last two games following a six-game absence due to the injury. Though he lacks the name recognition of some of the league's other elite centers, Henrique is quickly climbing into the echelon. After a brilliant finish to the 2013-14 season, Henrique has started the new campaign with five goals and five assists over his 14 games.
News: Jhonas Enroth will be in the crease Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth was set to get the starting nod Friday against the Rangers, but that match was postponed in light of the severe snowstorms descending on the Buffalo area. He'll man the net Saturday, and for perhaps the Sabres' next handful of games, given the uncertain health of Michal Neuvirth (lower body), who has yet to resume practicing. Enroth claimed his second win of the season in relief of the injured Neuvirth on Tuesday versus the Sharks, stopping 19 of 20 shots.
News: Jack Johnson scored the equalizer in the third period of Friday's eventual 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins. Analysis: It was his first goal of the season, but with eight points in 16 games Jack Johnson is actually on pace for his best season since 2010-2011. His decision to file for bankruptcy made headlines, but it doesn't seem like it will affect his performance.
News: Jayson Megna was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Analysis: Jayson Megna's call-up suggests that one of the Pens' 12 forwards may have sustained an injury Friday that might jeopardize their availability for Saturday's rematch with the Islanders. The 24-year-old had seven goals and two assists over eight games in the AHL.
News: Eric Gelinas assisted on both of New Jersey's goals in Friday's 2-0 win over the Oilers. Analysis: Both goals came at even strength, allowing Eric Gelinas to finish with a plus-2 rating, as well. He now has 37 shots, 10 PIM, and a plus-2 rating in 17 games this year, while his modest seven points lump him in with Mared Zidlicky (nine points) and Damon Severson (eight points) for most among Devils defenders.
News: Viktor Fasth gave up two goals on 24 shots in a 2-0 loss to the visiting Devils on Friday. Analysis: Although Viktor Fasth wasn't able to grab a W in relief of struggling Oilers starter Ben Scrivens, it wasn't his fault as Edmonton's offense was held off the scoresheet for the second time this season. Scrivens is currently mired in a seven-game losing streak, so there's a good chance Fasth will see his playing time increase -- with an opportunity to grab the starter's reins -- if Scrivens continues to struggle.
News: Cory Schneider turned aside all 29 shots for a 2-0 shut out over the Oilers on Friday. Analysis: It took 20 starts, but Cory Schneider finally pitched his second goose egg of the season. It's hard to believe he's been in the net for every single one of the Devils' 20 games thus far, but he's handled the workload capably, posting a respectable 2.58 GAA and .914 save percentage.
News: Ryan Strome potted another goal and added a pair of assists while skating to a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 shootout win over the Penguins. Analysis: That's four goals and seven points in the last five games for Ryan Strome, who is clearly enjoying life centering a line between Anders Lee and Josh Bailey. The Islanders have a surprisingly deep -- and fluid -- top-nine forward corps, so look for Strome to ascend the depth chart both at even strength and on the power play if he continues to pile up points.