Description: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal didn't miss a beat despite serving a five-game suspension. He's put up three points in two games since returning, including one goal and one assist Saturday against the Flames.
Insight: Neal has been an unbelievably strong fantasy asset lately, recording 10 goals, 20 points, 21 PIM, 10 PPP and 54 SOG in his last 12 games. He extended his scoring streak to six games Saturday.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has posted at least one point in four straight games and seven of the last nine.
Insight: He scored his seventh goal of the season Saturday against Calgary. Even with the recent success, the 34-year-old Dupuis has a disappointing 20 points in 38 games. Unfortunately, even though he skates with Sidney Crosby his value remains limited because he gets no power-play time.
Description: Flames left wing Curtis Glencross suffered a possible knee injury Saturday and was on crutches after the game, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Insight: The Flames didn't have an update on Glenncross or Kris Russell (leg) after the game, but coach Bob Hartley was not optimistic. "Obviously, just the fact that they didn't come back, it's not good news," Hartley said.
Description: Boston left wing Brad Marchand had two goals on five shots Thursday at Buffalo.
Insight: Marchand's production has really dipped this season as he has scored seven goals with 16 points in 35 games, a pace of 16 goals and 37 points per 82 games. He had 18 points and 36 points in 45 games last season.
Description: According to the Boston Herald, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is still experiencing concussion symptoms.
Insight: Eriksson suffered his second concussion in 45 days on Dec. 7. "We’re careful with that," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "I talked to Loui a little bit (Monday). He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvements, and that’s what Loui is going through right now. So I don’t know what the time period would be."
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen has signed a three-year, $17.4 million extension. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, CBS Sports
Insight: It comes with a no-trade clause. Steen (22 goals, 14 assists) has been arguably the best player in the Western Conference this season. Compared to what some guys in the league are making, Steen's deal is a bargain.
Description: Jets left wing Evander Kane returned for Monday's game against Columbus.
Insight: He had missed the previous six games with a lower body injury. Kane has been great at home this season (five goals, six assists) but hasn't been able to produce much outside of Winnipeg (just two goals, one assist).
Description: Vancouver winger Chris Higgins is on a five game points streak.
Insight: He's scored three goals and added four helpers during the streak. Higgins has been skating with Ryan Kesler on the second line and has fantasy value as long as he stays there or moves up to play with the Sedins. The Canucks have won all seven games this month, so don't look for them to change anything.
Description: Boston winger Reilly Smith had two goals Saturday at Vancouver.
Insight: That gives the 22-year-old four goals and six points over ihs last five games. Loui Eriksson was the big piece of the Tyler Seguin trade with Dallas, but Smith is third on the Bruins with 23 points while Eriksson has been limited to 24 games and 14 points by multiple concussions.
Description: Dallas left wing Jamie Benn scored a goal Saturday for the first time since Nov. 14.
Insight: Benn had a goal and five assists on Nov. 14 but had produced just four points over his last 11 games before potting two goals Saturday. His drought hasn't been due to a lack of shots; he's averaged 4.89 SOG per game over his last nine.
Description: Boston left wing Shawn Thornton has been given a 15-game suspension for attacking Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in a game last week. SOURCE: Darren Dreger, TSN
Insight: Thornton knocked Orpik unconscious and also gave him a concussion. Thornton has already begun serving the ban and will be eligible to return in mid-January. He hasn't been a factor in fantasy this season anyway (three goals in 27 games).
Description: Boston winger Daniel Paille is out for Thursday's game against Edmonton due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Paille was sent back to Boston to be checked out further. He isn't much of a fantasy value as he hasn't cracked the 16-point mark over the past two seasons. He's got three goals and two assists in 30 games this season.
Description: Blues left wing Alex Steen missed the team's morning skate with an illness but he's feeling better and is officially active for Saturday's game versus Anaheim. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: That's about all you need to know. Steen (20 goals, 12 assists) is having a career-year and needs to be started in all formats. Steen's presence is also good news for owners of T.J. Oshie and David Backes.
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.