Description: Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and three assists Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Nichushkin had a hand in all three of Tyler Seguin's goals in the third period and then added one of his own. The 2013 No. 10 overall pick has put up two goals, seven points and a +6 over his last three games and should continue to produce if he can stick on the top line.
Description: Dallas center Tyler Seguin had a natural hat trick Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Seguin scored his first goal shortly after the second period began and then had two goals and one assist in a stretch of 1:02 later in the period. He finished the game with four points, two PIM, five SOG and a +4 and snapped a five-game scoring drought.
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (eye) will play Saturday against the Capitals, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Weber will wear a visor after being hit in the eye with a puck on Nov. 28 and missing three games. He has seven goals this season but he's added just five assists, 55 SOG and a -7 in 26 games.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That would seem to indicate he'll be available Saturday night at Boston. Coach Dan Bylsma said Dupuis will have a major input on whether he plays because he has had a similar injury in the past. We doubt the veteran will choose to sit out after being able to skate in the morning.
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen (illness) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Ducks, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Steen finally seems to be slowing down after his scorching start to the season. He has three goals and three assists over his last nine games after putting up 17 goals and nine assists over his first 18 games.
Description: Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier will miss Saturday's game due to a back spasms, according to Tim Panaccio of csnphilly.com. Lecavalier was going to try to practice Friday in Dallas, but it was canceled after an ice storm caused a power loss at the facility.
Insight: It will be his third straight absence. The 33-year-old has nine goals, 14 points, 19 PIM, 49 SOG and seven PPP in 22 games this season, his first with Philadelphia after spending his entire career in Tampa Bay. He must be nearing a return if he was going to attempt to practice Friday.
Description: Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison has two goals and nine points over his last seven games.
Insight: Garrison is doing most of his damage on the power-play lately, scoring six of those nine points with the man advantage. The 29-year-old blueliner has four goals, 14 assists, 18 PIM and 90 SOG in 31 games this season.
Description: Kris Versteeg has scored two goals with five assists and 22 SOG in 12 games since Florida traded him to Chicago.
Insight: Versteeg, who is in his second stint with the Blackhawks, had the same exact goal and assist total in 18 games with the Panthers, but he was a -9 compared to a +2 with Chicago. He's not a good fantasy option in most leagues.
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored a goal for the fourth straight game Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Perry had an inconsistent October but he has scored at least one point in 13 of 17 games since the start of November and has a six-game scoring streak. With 17 goals, 32 points, 28 PIM, 115 SOG and a +11 in 31 games, Perry is one of the top players in fantasy hockey.
Description: Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney picked up his third career shutout Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: The journeyman netminder was pushed into starting duty following Sergei Bobrovsky's groin injury. He's 2-3-1 with a 2.02 GAA and a .932 SV% this season but isn't likely to maintain his production.
Description: Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger had his first multi-point game since Oct. 20 Friday against the Wild.
Insight: Umberger scored a goal and had one assist, two SOG and four PIM in the 4-0 win. The 31-year-old has seven goals, 16 points and 54 SOG in 29 games this season, which puts him on pace for a 45-point season.
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman (lower body) is expected to miss at least a week, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has 15 points, 47 SOG and 23 PIM over 28 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns. He'll be reevaluated in a week.
Description: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester brought his point total to 21 with one goal and one assist Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: The 30-year-old blueliner has two goals and 19 assists in 27 games. He had four straight seasons with at least 37 points from 2005-2009 with the Panthers but hasn't reached 30 points since then. He's on pace for a career-high 64 points this season.
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa.
Insight: St. Louis hasn't been as consistent since Steven Stamkos went down, but he has still notched five goals and 10 points in 11 games without the star center due to three multi-point games (including two three-point games) in that span.
Description: Toronto center Nazem Kadri potted a pair of goals Thursday against Dallas.
Insight: Kadri missed Tuesday's game due to a death in his family. Following the oblique injury to Tyler Bozak, Kadri is now centering Toronto's top line of Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk which should help his production. He has nine goals, 19 points, 42 SOG and 39 SOG in 25 games this season.
Description: Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello has three goals and eight points over his last seven games, including two (1 G, 1 A) Thursday at Buffalo.
Insight: Zuccarello had a similar stretch from Oct. 26 to Nov. 12, scoring two goals with 10 points in 10 games, but he followed that with a four-game drought in the middle of last month. We'll see if he can maintain some consistency this time around.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz scored two goals Thursday against the Sharks in a matchup of two of the top teams in the NHL.
Insight: Kunitz has posted at least one point in six straight games and 14 points over his last 11 games. He has 16 goals, 30 points, 93 SOG, 20 PIM and a +13 in 30 games this season, which puts him on pace for a career-high 44 goals and 82 points.
Description: San Jose center Tomas Hertl scored the Sharks only goal Thursday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hertl's production has slipped significantly since he put up seven goals and 10 points in his first eight games, but he has remained a goal-scoring threat. He has 14 goals, 22 points and 81 SOG in 28 games this season.
Description: Dallas center Tyler Seguin (concussion) will be a game-time decision Thursday because he has to pass a baseline test, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Seguin, who has 12 goals, 23 points and 69 SOG in 24 games this season, missed the last two games due to concussion-like symptoms. He skated Thursday morning and looked great, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, so he should be able to play.
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi (shoulder) says he's ready to return, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Bertuzzi has missed the last five games. With centers Pavel Datysuk and Henrik Zetterberg both out, the 38-year-old Bertuzzi could struggle to produce upon returning to the lineup Friday at New Jersey.
Description: Toronto center Tyler Bozak is on injured reserve and is out indefinitely with a strained oblique.
Insight: Bozak suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Sharks and underwent an MRI Wednesday. The center has recorded a goal and five points in five games since returning from a hamstring injury. He's not a great fantasy option.
Description: Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been placed on the injured reserve.
Insight: He'll miss at least the next two games. Bryzgalov is 1-1-0 with a 2.12 GAA and .939 SV% in his first season with the Oilers. Devan Dubnyk gave up six goal on Tuesday so the team could opt to trot out recently recalled Jason LaBarbera (1-3-0, 3.69 GAA, .858 SV%).
Description: Flyers right wing Scott Hartnell had a goal, two assists, four SOG and two penalty minutes Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: After failing to post a single point in his first nine games, Hartnell has produced closer to his expected level lately. He's scored six goals with five assists, 21 PIM, 47 SOG and a +3 over his last 15 games.
Description: Flyers center Sean Couturier blew up for four points (two goals), three SOG, two PIM and a +3 Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Couturier has scored four goals over his last four games after potting just one in his first 24. Philadelphia's third line of Couturier, Matt Read and Steve Downie combined for four goals, five assists, nine SOG and a +6 for fantasy owners Wednesday.
Description: New Jersey winger Michael Ryder scored a goal for the second straight game Wednesday against Montreal.
Insight: Ryder also had one assist Wednesday, giving him three points during the Devils' back-to-back stretch against the Canadiens, the team he played with for 27 games last season. He had just nine points combined in October and November after recording 16 goals and 35 points in 46 games last season.
Description: Toronto center Tyler Bozak missed Wednesday's practice due to an upper-body injury, according to mapleleafs.nhl.com.
Insight: Bozak suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Sharks and underwent an MRI Wednesday. The center has recorded a goal and five points in five games since returning from a hamstring injury. He's not a great fantasy option but is important to Toronto's top line.
Description: Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has a strained groin and will miss the next 4-5 weeks, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Bobrovsky suffered the injury Tuesday against Tampa Bay. The 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner has gone just 10-11-2 with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 SV% this season, but he's still a big loss for fantasy owners and the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney will fill in between the pipes.
Description: Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano is back after missing a month with a broken ankle. SOURCE: Flames on Twitter
Insight: He'll be active for Wednesday night's game against Phoenix. Giordano had been off to a great start before his injury, producing two goals and seven assists in his first eight contests. Fantasy owners should get him into their lineups ASAP.
Description: The Rangers inked goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Wednesday. SOURCE: NESN
Insight: Lundqvist was going to be a free agent after the season. You could argue he's been the best goaltender in hockey over the last half-decade. Lundqvist will be 39 by the time his contract expires.
Description: David Perron scored both Edmonton goals Tuesday in a 6-2 loss to Phoenix.
Insight: Perron's first season in Edmonton has been a success. In 25 games, he's already generated 22 points in a little over 19 and a half minutes per game. As long as he stays healthy, Perron should continue to be a productive fantasy player.
Description: Canes left wing Jeff Skinner made his presence felt with a solid night Tuesday versus Washington.
Insight: He was involved in three of the four goals Carolina scored (two goals, one assist) on Tuesday. Skinner has followed up a five-game scoring drought by netting goals in two of his last three contests.
Description: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler has scored more than one goal in each of his last two games.
Insight: He had two in Tuesday night's win over Nashville. After getting off to a hot start, Kesler slumped a bit in November, producing just two goals in 13 contests. He's owned the month of December though and fantasy owners would be wise to start him on a nightly basis.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby netted two goals in Tuesday night's win over the Islanders.
Insight: Believe it or not, it's just Crosby's second multi-goal effort of the season. He's generated at least one point in seven of his last nine games, which is exactly what you'd expect from a former MVP and Olympic gold medalist.