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: The Penguins confirmed Derrick Pouliot will make his NHL debut Saturday and be paired with veteran Rob Scuderi. Analysis: Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin are expected to miss three games (at least) and one game, respectively, giving Derrick Pouliot at least a small window to show what he can do. His performance on the man advantage will likely determine his near-term fantasy value.
News: Max Pacioretty (upper body) was on the ice for morning skate Saturday and could be an option for the game later in the evening against the Senators, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Though Max Pacioretty was briefly hospitalized after exiting Thursday's game following a hard hit by the Ducks' Clayton Stoner, his return to the ice creates hope that he won't have to miss any time due to the injury. It's uncertain if coach Michel Therrien will formally confirm that Pacioretty will return to the lineup Saturday, so it might not be until pregame warmups that a report on the winger's official status comes forth.
News: Cody McCormick (lower body) was able to get in a brief skate before Saturday's practice, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: It looks to be just a preliminary step in the recovery process for Cody McCormick, who is being viewed as week-to-week by the Sabres. The team isn't likely to have a firmer timetable for his return until he resumes practicing with the rest of the team.
News: Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from AHL Rochester on Saturday morning, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko had just made his season debut Tuesday for the Sabres before being shuttled back to Rochester thereafter. With Buffalo still dealing with a few injuries, Grigorenko will rejoin the team and most likely assume a lineup spot for their two weekend games, but it's unknown how long he'll stick with the team beyond that. The 20-year-old has registered seven goals and 19 points over 29 games in the AHL this season.
News: Chris Kunitz (foot) took part in Saturday's morning skate and is expected to play later in the evening against the Panthers, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports. Analysis: Chris Kunitz took part in line rushes and was also a participant in power-play drills, an indication the Penguins are treating him as if he'll be active Saturday. The team will still need to bring him back from injured reserve, but that appears to be just a formality at this point. Kunitz has been out since Nov. 29 with the fractured foot, missing eight games as a result.
News: Tyler Seguin had an assist and three shots in Friday's 2-1 win over Calgary. Analysis: That assist keeps him atop the NHL in points with 39 (23-16-39). His 122 shots rank third in the league. There's nothing you don't like about Tyler Seguin's production this season. Even his plus-7 rating seems impressive when he's playing on the team that allows the most goals in the NHL and sit near the bottom of the Western Conference in the standings.
News: Cody Eakin had an assist on both Dallas goals in Friday's 2-1 win over Calgary. Analysis: That gives Cody Eakin 13 points on the season (6-7-13) and keeps him on pace to do just slightly better than last season, when he set personal records in goals, assists, and shots.