Description: Flyers right wing Steve Downie (upper body) will miss 7-10 days, according to flyers.nhl.com.
Insight: Downie has 12 points and 31 penalty minutes in 20 games since coming over in a trade from Colorado. Overall, he has 19 points (three goals), 67 PIM, 61 SOG, five PPP and a +7 in 31 games, making him a solid fantasy option in all leagues.
Description: Devils winger Damien Brunner left Friday's game with a lower-body injury and will not return, according to Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Brunner appeared to suffer a right knee injury when he was checked into the boards. He came into the game with four goals and five points in his past four games after posting one point from Oct. 29 to Dec. 7.
Description: According to azcentral.com, the Coyotes have been able to identify Shane Doan's illness: Rocky Mountain fever. "Our medical team is on top of it," according to GM Don Maloney. "Every day he seems like he’s getting a little better and a little more energy and has started to exercise a little more. We’re encouraged. He’s trending in a positive manner and for us. It’s just going to take time."
Insight: Doan has been out since Dec. 4. The 37-year-old has had a fantastic season, putting up 12 goals, 11 assists and 80 SOG in 27 games. He isn't expected to return until after the holiday break and is week-to-week.
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson had a big night Thursday against Calgary, potting two goals and picking up one assist.
Insight: One of Alfredsson's goals was the game-winner in overtime. He has nine goals and 27 points in 32 games this season, which is far better production than anyone could have predicted from the 41-year-old forward.
Description: Wild right wing Dany Heatley scored one of Minnesota's two goals in a loss to Pittsburgh Thursday.
Insight: Heatley said in the offseason he'd be disappointed if he didn't get at least 30 goals after picking up 11 in 36 games last season. The 32-year-old has just seven goals and 11 points in 37 games so far. He's also a -9 and is not worth owning.
Description: Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek potted two goals in Tuesday's win over Washington.
Insight: He's now scored in four of his last five games with seven points during that span. Almost 37 percent of Voracek's production this season has come in the last week. Make sure he's in your lineup Thursday against Columbus.
Description: Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla was back on the ice Tuesday just three days after dislocating his left ring finger. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Tuesday's game has added meaning for Iginla because it's against Calgary, the team he played his first 15 seasons with. Even in his mid-30s, Iginla continues to be a solid fantasy contributor with 19 points in 33 games this season.
Description: Montreal right wing George Parros suffered a concussion in Saturday's game and is out indefinitely.
Insight: Parros' fantasy value is not as a scorer, but with the penalty minutes he accumulates each season. From 2005-10 he averaged 144 PIM per season. He's got 42 PIM in nine games this season - and zero points.
Description: St. Louis right wing Chris Stewart netted two goals in Monday night's loss to Ottawa.
Insight: He's now scored in three straight games. Stewart's +/- over that span is +5. You can't afford to have him on your bench right now. Make sure Stewart is in your lineup Tuesday when the Blues host San Jose.
Description: Montreal right wing George Parros is doubtful for Sunday's game against Florida with a head injury.
Insight: Parros' fantasy value is not as a scorer, but with the massive penalty minutes he accumulates each season. From 2005-10 he averaged 144 PIM per season. He's got 42 PIM in nine games this season - and zero points.
Description: Jarome Iginla is questionable for Tuesday's game against Calgary dislocated left ring finger.
Insight: Iginla has always been a points producer and this year is no different (8 G, 11 A). If he's ready to go you start him, but you will have to check back on Tuesday to verify that he's in uniform.
Description: Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (illness) didn't make the trip to Colorado for Tuesday's game, but is questionable for Thursday's home game against the NY Islanders.
Insight: Doan is dealing with flu-like symptoms. He has 12 goals, 11 points and 80 SOG in 27 games this season, so fantasy owners hope he's taking his medicine and chicken soup and quickly gets back on the ice.
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin netted four goals in Tuesday's overtime win against the Lightning.
Insight: Ironically, he missed his only chance in the shootout period. Tuesday marked Ovechkin's third four-goal game and the 13th hat trick of his career. He needs six more hat tricks to tie Peter Bondra's team record. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 26 goals this season.
Description: Philadelphia right wing Jakub Voracek's goal Monday against the Senators was just his fourth of the season.
Insight: Voracek was fantastic last season, putting up a career-high 22 goals despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game campaign. He's failed to follow up on that and has just 13 points in 30 games, which is not even a 40-point pace.
Description: We have not heard of a timetable for Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul's return from a groin injury.
Insight: He's dealing with a Grade 2 groin strain and was supposed to miss two weeks. Even before the injury, Lopul had been scoreless in his last seven games. Despite the slump, we expect him to be a productive fantasy player when he's healthy again.
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: 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.