News: Cody Eakin scored a goal for the second consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: After a nine-game scoring skid, Cody Eakin's found his offensive game again, but that's come along with mighty struggles in faceoffs -- he's won just 15 of 44 over the last two games. Still, most fantasy formats are more concerned with the points, and Eakin should put up enough of those to be viable in deep formats.
News: Ales Hemsky handed out a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Arizona. Analysis: While it's nice to see that the veteran winger now has three helpers in his last three games, he only owns four assists for the season and has yet to score a goal. Fantasy owners in most leagues can probably do better than the injury-prone Ales Hemsky.
News: Mike Smith took his fifth consecutive loss Thursday, giving up three goals on 27 shots against the Stars. Analysis: Two days after posting a respectable performance in an overtime loss to Washington, Mike Smith got back to putting up unpleasant stat lines. At this point, Devan Dubnyk -- who's easily outplayed Smith, especially lately -- has to be getting serious consideration for some extended run in goal.
News: Kari Lehtonen tightened up his game Thursday, stopping 26 of 27 in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes. Analysis: Coming on the heels of two consecutive miserable starts in which he gave up 10 goals in less than five periods of play, this is a huge bounce-back effort for Kari Lehtonen. He's been well below his usual standards this year, but it doesn't help that he's been facing a ton of rubber -- more than 30 shots per game.
News: Alex Tanguay suffered a jaw injury during Thursday's loss to Washington and had to leave the contest, the Canadian Press reports. Analysis: The veteran was hit in the face with an Alex Ovechkin shot, which doesn't sound like fun in the least. Coach Patrick Roy later said the team will know more about Alex Tanguay's injury Friday. As for Thursday's game, Tanguay only saw 7:15 of action and logged a minus-1 rating with no points.
News: Jaden Schwartz picked up an assist on the Blues' only goal Thursday in a loss to Montreal. He was minus-1 with two shots and two hits in 18:10 of ice time. Analysis: Schwartz has 11 points in his past seven games as he continues to thrive with linemates Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. He has 19 points and a plus9 rating in 19 games so far this year.
News: Thomas Greiss will start Saturday against the Islanders, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the net for Friday's home tilt with the Islanders, allowing Thomas Greiss to pick up the start in the second game of the back-to-back in Long Island. Despite being used sparingly this season, Greiss has fared well in his three prior outings, going 2-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .938 save percentage.
News: Jori Lehtera picked up an assist on the Blues' lone goal Thursday in a loss to Montreal. He had two shots and one hit in 17:04 of ice time. Analysis: The Blues have generated little offence their last two games, but the STL line of Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz continues to do damage. Lehtera has 12 points in his last nine games, and 18 points in 18 games and a plus-12 overall in an impressive start to his rookie season.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the crease Friday against the Islanders, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury will be looking to extend his winning streak to three games while also pursuing his 300th career victory. The oft-criticized netminder has played like one of the league's best this season, owning a 11-3 record, 1.98 GAA and .930 save percentage over 14 starts.
News: Phillip Danault was recalled from AHL Rockford on Friday. Analysis: The Blackhawks cleared up an opening for Phillip Danault by placing Patrick Sharp (knee) on long-term injured reserve. Danault, who had 10 points in 14 games for Rockford, will give the Blackhawks some additional depth at center while Andrew Shaw (upper body) remains day-to-day.