News: Shea Weber dished out a pair of assists in Saturday's win over the Wild. Analysis: Shea Weber now has five points in his past three games, putting him at six goals and 14 assists in 31 games on the season. With a plus-14 rating, 86 shots on goal, and 26 PIM, Weber is once again proving to be one of the best fantasy defensman around. He needs to be in your lineup every night he is in action.
News: Jonathan Quick saw little work in Saturday's defeat of the Coyotes, stopping 15 of the 17 shots he faced to cruise to a 4-2 victory. Analysis: The early afternoon road start time had the Coyotes looking lethargic through much of the match, and while Jonathan Quick wasn't especially airtight, he did make a couple tough saves on the few shots the Coyotes did rattle off. With three straight outings with save percentages under .900, Quick clearly isn't playing his best right now, but he's benefited from Anze Kopitar and the rest of the Kings' attack finally heating up after laying dormant for much of the past month.
News: Jason Pominville bagged a pair of assists in Saturday's loss to the Predators. Analysis: Jason Pominville has been hot lately, recording three goals and eight points in his last eight games. With seven goals and 23 points in 31 games, Pominville is on pace for his second consecutive 60-point season with Minnesota.
News: Jeff Carter netted his ninth goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: The Kings' top trio of Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik has absolutely caught fire the past three games, much to the delight of their respective fantasy owners. During that span, Carter has amassed six points and 15 shots on goal, allowing the forward to compensate for his utter lack of production over the previous month. His latest hot streak won't last forever, but he's worth keeping in fantasy lineups while the top line remains firing on all cylinders.
News: Shane Doan assisted on one of the Coyotes' two goals in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Kings. Analysis: The end appears to be nearing for the 38-year-old Shane Doan, who hasn't scored a goal in nearly a month and has just two points in eight December contests. He's probably best suited for a third-line role at this stage in his career, but the Coyotes' dearth of forward talent will allow him to stick around in a top-six capacity.
News: Thomas Vanek potted his fifth goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's loss to the Predators. Analysis: Thomas Vanek has heated up of late, recording three goals and six points in his last six games. The top-line forward now has 20 points in 31 games this season, to go with an even plus-minus rating. Vanek is usually a streaky scorer, so take full advantage of this recent hot streak.
News: Kyle Chipchura contributed his second goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Kings. Analysis: Waived by the Coyotes earlier this month, Kyle Chipchura ended up sticking around with the team after going unclaimed and continues to see regular duty on the club's fourth line. It's not a role that will yield much production, so the Coyotes will consider it a bonus any time Chipchura provides offense. Fantasy players need not pay him much attention.
News: Martin Hanzal netted a goal and spent four minutes in the penalty box in Saturday's loss to the Kings. Analysis: After witnessing the birth of his child a day earlier, Martin Hanzal didn't join the Coyotes in Los Angeles until Saturday morning, but it didn't seem to affect his performance. The goal was Hanzal's first since Nov. 14 hat trick against the Canucks.
News: Ryan Suter contributed a pair of assists in Saturday's loss to Nashville. Analysis: It's good times for Ryan Suter's fantasy owners. The 29-year-old has delivered 10 assists in his last eight games, putting him at 21 points (one goal) in 29 games on the season. While his goal total is shockingly low, his 66 shots on goal suggest he will start finding twine soon. He's one of the best fantasy defensemen around.
News: Devan Dubnyk let in four goals on 35 shot attempts as the Coyotes fell to the Kings by a 4-2 count Saturday afternoon. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk and his mates came out looking groggy for the matinee, as the Coyotes were outshot in every period (35-17 for the game) and gave the Kings five power-play opportunities, two of which resulted in goals. The poor showing could prevent Dubnyk from grabbing his fourth straight starting nod Monday in Vancouver, but he still looks like a better option in net for the Coyotes at this time than Mike Smith.