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.
News: Chad Johnson wasn't great Friday -- allowing four goals on 30 shots -- but came away victorious in a 5-4 shootout win over the Penguins. Analysis: This was just the third appearance in November for Jaroslav Halak's backup, who grabbed his fifth win of the season. Chad Johnson is far from one of the league's best second stringers, as reflected by his lackluster .876 save percentage and 3.34 GAA. The Islanders will turn their net back to Halak for Saturday's tilt, also against the Penguins.
News: Niklas Svedberg made 21 saves in regulation before shutting down all seven Blue Jackets' shooters in the shootout Friday for his third win of the season. Analysis: Not a bad outing for the Bruins' backup, who is now 3-3-0 on the season. When he gets called upon, which won't be often, Niklas Svedberg makes for a decent fantasy option in the crease. Tuukka Rask, who is the clear-cut starter in Boston, will return Saturday to play in the second half of the Bruins' back-to-back.
News: Milan Lucic picked up 12 PIM and was credited with a game-high six hits in Friday's shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Quite the eventful night for Milan Lucic, who got one-punched by Jackets' Dalton Prout in the overtime period. Looch took exception to the knockout, earning himself a game misconduct for the following punch he threw after the linesman had broken up the fight. While he may be contributing with PIM and hits, Lucic has now gone pointless in four straight games, managing only three goals on the season. He is on pace to record his lowest full-season point total since 2009-10. While Lucic's better than what he is showing right now, he isn't playing anything like the 30-goal, 60-point player we have gotten to know in the past.
News: Matt Bartkowski contributed a pair of assists and picked up four PIM in Friday's shootout win over Columbus. Analysis: That's three points in two games for Matt Bartkowski, who has only appeared in eight games this season. Considering he doesn't play on the power play and has never recorded more than 18 points in a season, don't expect much more offense from the 26-year-old. Bartkowski's on the third defensive pairing and won't provide much value outside of the deepest of leagues.