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 game. 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 defenseman 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: Martin Hanzal (personal) joined the team in Los Angeles and looks ready to play Saturday against the Kings, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: After Martin Hanzal missed Friday's practice to await the birth of his child, coach Dave Tippett said that the forward would be back in the lineup Saturday if he were able to rejoin the team in time. Assuming Tippett's word still holds, look for Hanzal to center a second line that includes Tobias Rieder and Sam Gagner.
News: Tomas Tatar tallied his 10th assist of the year in a 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Friday. Analysis: While this was Tomas Tatar's first point in four games, he has eight points in nine December games and has really responded after a slow start to the season. He is also getting over a flu, so it was good to see him producing again.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the crease Saturday against the Devils, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby has delivered steady play in the net for the Capitals through eight December starts, posting a 5-1-2 record, 2.34 GAA and .920 save percentage. He's a quality option versus a Devils squad that is playing the second game of a back-to-back set and doesn't offer much offensive firepower.
News: Darren Helm recorded an assist Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Islanders. Analysis: Darren Helm snapped a four-game point drought with the helper. Helm hadn't lit the world on fire with 16 points in 33 games, but he has provided a great presence on the third line, and most importantly, has played in every game this season.
News: Calvin Pickard will be in the crease Saturday against the Sabres, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy said earlier in the week that he would use Calvin Pickard for every game of the team's three-city road trip, so it's not a surprise that he'll be called upon Saturday. The Avs defense hasn't done him many favors over his last two outings, as he's faced a total of 86 shots during that span.
News: Henrik Zetterberg tallied the only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Friday. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg's goal scoring is a little down this season, with only six goals, but he still has 27 points in 33 games. He remains a solid fantasy option when healthy.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will man the net for the Blue Jackets in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky saw his seven-game winning streak come to an end in disappointing fashion Thursday against the Capitals, as he surrendered four goals in regulation before yielding the game-winner 42 seconds into overtime. The Blue Jackets are more than willing to forgive the hiccup from Bobrovsky, whose dominant play in recent weeks has revitalized his team's playoff hopes. He still should be a worthy play against a sizzling Blackhawks squad that will get Corey Crawford (foot) back in the net Saturday.