Description: Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist looked like he was on a mission Friday against the Devils.
Insight: Nyquist finished with four points (one goal, three assists) and a +4 rating. The eight shots he took were a season-high. With eight points in his last five games, he'll be worth a start Sunday against the Rangers.
Description: Adam Henrique (two goals, +2) was a bright spot on what was otherwise a disappointing night for the Devils Friday against the Red Wings.
Insight: With the Devils fighting for their playoff lives, this was a game New Jersey needed to have. Henrique has now tallied at least one goal in each of his last five games. That's his longest streak of the season.
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw went berserk Thursday in a win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's good to know Shaw (two goals, four shots, +3) still exists after going almost two months without scoring. Thursday was Shaw's second multi-goal effort of the season. We'll see if the resurgence continues Sunday versus Buffalo.
Description: Don't look now. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is heating up.
Insight: Toews contributed two goals in Thursday's win against Columbus. That gives him five tallies in his last three appearances. Toews' +24 rating this season ties him with Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm for 15th in the league.
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) left Monday's practice with groin pain which isn't good for a guy who has sports hernia surgery around Christmas time.
Insight: Weiss was trying to rush back because of all the injuries the Red Wings have had to deal with at center. He has two goals and two assists in 26 games which simply isn't enough production to be a viable fantasy option.
Description: Leafs center Tyler Bozak netted two goals including the game-winner Wednesday against New York.
Insight: Wednesday was a night of firsts for Bozak. The penalty shot he made on Henrik Lundqvist was the first of his career while Bozak's overtime goal was also his first in 278 career games. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto.
Description: The NHL trade deadline passed Wednesday and Ryan Kesler is still wearing a Vancouver Canucks uniform.
Insight: Multiple teams were reportedly interested in Kesler (21 G, 18 A, 212 SOG), but the Canucks didn't pull the trigger. He'll remain on a Vancouver team that just traded Roberto Luongo and will be without Daniel Sedin (lower body) indefinitely. A trade certainly could have helped his fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm exited Tuesday's game with headaches and will be tested for a concussion, according to the Red Wings on Twitter.
Insight: Detroit is dealing with injuries to centers Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Helm, which led to it trading for David Legwand Wednesday. Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries.
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen hasn't produced a point since Jan. 27.
Insight: Nielsen, who returned from a broken hand two games ago, is on a seven-game drought. He has 18 goals, 43 points and 120 SOG in 62 games, but his numbers probably will take a hit with John Tavares out for the season and Thomas Vanek traded.
Description: Center David Legwand has landed in his native Detroit after playing 956 games in Nashville.
Insight: The Red Wings' center position has been decimated by injuries to Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm. The 33-year-old Legwand has 10 goals, 30 assists and 107 SOG this season.
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos met with doctors Wednesday and was given medical clearance to return to action Thursday against the Sabres. SOURCE: Stamkos' official Twitter
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. He'll return to a changed landscape in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning traded longtime forward Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan on Wednesday. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza scored his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Edmonton.
Insight: Spezza has delivered eight points in his last six games and has 47 points in 57 games this season. His -23 differential damages his fantasy value, however, and he would benefit from a trade before Wednesday's deadline.
Description: There's a very good chance that Vancouver will trade center Ryan Kesler before Wednesday's deadline. He won't be going to the Rangers, however, as Kesler has refused to waive his no-trade clause to play for the Blue Shirts. SOURCE: Larry Brooks, New York Post
Insight: Could you imagine Kesler on a line with Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin? Well don't bother because it's not happening. Kesler (21 G, 18 A in 62 games) is sure to be a fantasy asset wherever he ends up, even if that means staying with the Canucks.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will miss Tuesday's game against the Devils and is doubtful for Thursday's contest against the Avalanche, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: The inflamed knee that has bothered Datsyuk since January is not getting better with rest or medication. He'll get a fourth opinion Wednesday after the first three doctors indicated that surgery was not needed.
Description: Sean Monahan scored both Calgary goals Saturday in a win over Edmonton.
Insight: Monahan bookended the performance with goals in the first period and overtime. The 19-year-old has made good on 18.2 percent of his shot chances this season. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he's only taken 99 shots.
Description: Even a blizzard couldn't stop Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews from scoring two goals Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: In case you weren't able to watch, this game was played outside at Soldier Field. Toews also assisted on Patrick Sharp's goal in the first period. This was just Toews' second game since winning gold with Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) should be able to play during Tampa Bay's four-game road trip, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he was still too sore. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and has 41 points in 56 games this season. He's a must start when he finally returns.
Description: Buffalo center Cody Hodgson scored a goal Friday against San Jose.
Insight: Hodgson has had a point in each of the last two games after posting just one in his previous six. He has 15 goals, 17 assists and 117 SOG in 50 games, almost identical to the pace he set last season.
Description: Buffalo has traded Steve Ott along with Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: Ott is fourth in the NHL in hits but doesn't carry much fantasy value in standard leagues, as he has nine goals, 11 assists and 99 SOG in 59 games. While his -26 rating will see better days on the Blues, he's likely to get less playing time than he saw on the Sabres.
Description: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland (ankle) doesn't expect to play Saturday, according to Jonas Siegel of tsn.ca.
Insight: Bolland had 10 points in 15 games plus 18 PIM and 27 SOG before suffering a severed ankle tendon on Nov. 2. He was expected to return after the Olympic break but had a setback during Tuesday's practice.
Description: Caps center Nicklas Backstrom had two assists Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance, but the substance is not banned by the NHL and he wasn't disciplined. His 47 assists rank third in the NHL.
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee scored two goals Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Lee has scored a point in all three NHL games he has played in his career. His first two came last April. The former sixth-round pick had 41 points (22 goals) over 54 games in the AHL this season. There's no reason to rush out and pick him up.
Description: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak had two assists Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Bozak had seven points in his last six games before the Olympics break and picked up where he left off. He has 12 goals and 34 points in 37 games this season, the best ppg average of his career.
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's game and is questionable to return, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Grabovski may have aggravated the ankle injury that caused him to sit out Washington's last eight games before the Olympic break. Prior to the injury, he hadn't picked up a point in his last five games.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) is not ready to return from his fractured ankle, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he's still too sore. Coach Jon Cooper said Filppula is day-to-day and expects him to play at some point on the team's four-game road trip. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season.
Description: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler (hand) hopes to play Friday, according to Farhan Lalji of tsn.ca. He practiced Thursday.
Insight: Kesler suffered a hand injury while blocking a shot during the Olympics and missed Wednesday's game. The center denied rumors he has asked for a trade and expects to be with the Canucks after the deadline.
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu (ankle) will likely sit one of the next two games, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: A broken ankle forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, and coach Mike Yeo said playing back-to-back games right off the bat may be tough for him. He's more likely to play in Friday's contest.
Description: San Jose rookie center Tomas Hertl (knee surgery) may start skating this week, GM Doug Wilson said. SOURCE: csnbayarea.com
Insight: The 20-year-old Hertl was the favorite to win Rookie of the Year with 15 goals and 10 assists in his first 35 games before suffering damage to his MCL and PCL on a knee-on-knee collision with Kings forward Dustin Brown. It's unclear if he'll be able to return this season.
Description: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler (hand) will miss Thursday's game against the Blues.
Insight: Kesler suffered a hand injury while blocking a shot during the Olympics. Canucks coach John Tortorella wouldn't divulge the results of Kesler's MRI, saying only that the center is day-to-day when asked about the tests.
Description: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland (ankle) suffered a setback in his recovery, according to theglobeandmail.com. He's questionable for Thursday's game against the Islanders.
Insight: Bolland had 10 points in 15 games plus 18 PIM and 27 SOG before suffering a severed ankle tendon on Nov. 2. He stumbled and grimaced late in Tuesday's practice and was wearing a limited-contact maroon sweater on Wednesday.
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal went into the Olympic break with just one point in his last five games, but he scored a goal Tuesday against Buffalo in the Hurricanes' first game back.
Insight: Staal has been very good in all months of the season but he takes his game to a higher level in March and April. In his career, he has generated 176 points over 179 games in those two months, so fantasy owners have that to look forward to.
Description: New York has officially placed center John Tavares on injured reserve. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: It's just a formality as Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) has already been ruled out for the season with a torn MCL. The Islanders are hoping he'll be ready for the start of next season.
Description: Though Steven Stamkos has already been ruled out for Tampa Bay's upcoming four-game road trip, the team is optimistic about him returning for March 6th's game against Buffalo. SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Stamkos has now missed 41 games with a broken tibia. When healthy, he's one of the most explosive scorers in hockey. Fantasy owners should be preparing for his return.
Description: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he doesn't anticipate there being any consequences for Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom using a banned substance at the Olympics. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden against Canada Sunday for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance. The substance isn't prohibited by the NHL, however.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom didn't play for Sweden in the gold medal game against Canada Sunday because he tested positive for a banned substance, according to yahoosports.com.
Insight: An NHLPA source told Yahoo! Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after using an allergy medication. It was first reported that Backstrom would miss the game due to a migraine. Canada blanked Sweden, 3-0, to win its second straight men's ice hockey gold medal and third in four Olympics.