Cam Ward G CAR 43 Mins
Ward stopped 28 of 29 shots Wednesday, but received no offensive support in a shutout loss to Florida.
Tough break for Ward, who did his best to try and earn just his second win in six games. While he was excellent Wednesday, Ward has stilled allowed three or more goals in three of his last four starts. The 30-year-old is now 6-8-1 this season with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage. Judging by his play against the Panthers, Ward will get back into the win column soon.
Pavel Datsyuk C DET 3 Hrs
Datsyuk notched two goals in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Wednesday's game was Datsyuk's first since Nov. 16 due to a nagging groin injury, but the center proved once again that he's still an elite fantasy producer when healthy. His second goal was also the game winner, and moved his point total to 13 through 11 games this season.
Stephen Weiss C DET 3 Hrs
Weiss picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Weiss was rather unproductive in his first season with the Red Wings, as injury troubles limited him to just two goals and two assists in 26 games in 2013-14. This season started out similarly for Weiss on the injury front, but he's shown a massive uptick in production when healthy, collecting four points in just two games since returning.
Jimmy Howard G DET 3 Hrs
Howard allowed two goals on 24 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Howard was impressive once again, improving his record to 10-4-4 in 18 games on the season. His 2.09 GAA is fourth best in the league at this point, and he'll continue to get the majority of the starts as long as he stays healthy.
Claude Giroux C PHI 3 Hrs
Giroux notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Despite a disappointing start to the season for his team, Giroux and linemate Jakub Voracek continue to rack up points. Giroux's 19 assists are the third most in the league, and his 26 points rank him sixth.
Ray Emery G PHI 3 Hrs
Emery allowed one goal on 10 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Emery came on in relief of Steve Mason midway through the second period, but the game's outcome was already pretty much decided. He played well in relief, and is now 4-3-1 in nine appearances on the season.
Steve Mason G PHI 3 Hrs
Mason was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.
After shutting out the Islanders on Monday only to end up losing in a shootout, Mason's bad luck continued Wednesday. He's now 4-7-2 on the season, and with the team in front of him allowing 32.7 shots per game, that record doesn't look likely to improve anytime soon.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Hrs
Ovechkin recorded two more goals in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.
Ovechkin now ranks sixth in the league with 11 goals, and has 20 points in 21 games to date. He's also only a minus-1 so far, showing an increase in defensive responsibility under new head coach Barry Trotz.
Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 4 Hrs
Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.
After a mini scoring drought, Backstrom has been on fire lately, picking up five points in his last three games. With Backstrom's elite passing ability, he should have no problem racking up more points by continuing to feed Alex Ovechkin as the season rolls on.
Braden Holtby G WAS 4 Hrs
Holtby made 32 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.
The Caps played well against the league's hottest team, but just couldn't provide any offense outside of Alex Ovechkin. Holtby will probably sit out a game this weekend when the Caps play the Isles and Maple Leafs on back-to-back nights.