Jarome Iginla RW COL 9 Hrs
Iginla scored for the third straight game in Friday's win over the Predators.
It was Iginla's 1,200th career NHL point, as he now has 16 goals and 33 points in 50 games on the season. Iginla is worth looking at right now, as he's skating on the second line for an Avs team that has picked up a point in six of their last seven outings.
Nathan MacKinnon C COL 10 Hrs
MacKinnon dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Nashville.
The two points snapped a three-game scoring drought for MacKinnon, who now has nine goals and 29 points in 50 games. While he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, the Avs are playing good hockey right now, picking up at least one point in six of their last seven games. MacKinnon's only 19, so we wouldn't give up on him just yet this season. His whopping 152 shots on goal indicate more goals are on the way. Patience is a virtue.
Mike Ribeiro C NAS 10 Hrs
Ribeiro took a break from scoring Friday, racking up 22 PIM in a loss to Colorado.
While Ribeiro has 43 points (33 assists) in 48 games this season, he is also now among the league's top-100 PIM leaders. Producing at basically a point-per-game pace and sporting a steady plus-15 rating, Ribeiro is worth owning in most formats.
Marek Mazanec G NAS 10 Hrs
Mazanec gave up two goals on 27 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado.
It was a good effort from Mazanec, who got no offensive support in the shutout loss. It was the first start of the season for the 23-year-old, who had been giving way to Carter Hutton in Pekka Rinne's (knee) absence. Considering Hutton has given up seven goals in his last two starts, Mazanec could be worth a temporary pick-up until Rinne returns.
Semyon Varlamov G COL 10 Hrs
Varlamov stopped all 23 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Nashville.
A perfect outing for the workhorse, who has started 14 of the Avs' past 15 games. Varlamov is now 13-10-7 on the season with a .922 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. He's delivered some consistency play of late, allowing more than three goals just once in his last 10 appearances. Considering he's starting almost every game for an Avs team that has picked up at least one point in six of their last seven games, Varlamov is a great own in almost all formats.
Mikhail Grigorenko C BUF 13 Hrs
Grigorenko suffered a lower body injury during Friday's game with Rochester (AHL). He'll miss Saturday's game, and be evaluated again Sunday, Amerks' play-by-play announcer Rob Sanderson reports.
While the 20-year-old has been quiet over 12 games in Buffalo this season, he's been active with Rochester, having tallied 30 points (10 G, 20 A) through 36 contests in the AHL. For now, consider him day-to-day until the Sabres reveal the results of his evaluation Sunday.
Justin Faulk D CAR 14 Hrs
Faulk scored his third goal in four games and had six shots on goal in Friday's loss to the Blues.
Those saying he shouldn't have been in the all-star game have now gone shockingly quiet. Faulk has racked up five points in his last four games, giving him 10 goals and 29 points in 48 games on the season. His 133 shots on goal are seventh most among all defensemen, making him a lethal threat on the blueline. Considering he's just three points away from surpassing his career high, the 22-year-old should be owned in all formats.
Jake Allen G STL 14 Hrs
Allen stopped 26 of 28 in shots in regulation, before denying all three Hurricanes' shooters in the shootout in Friday's win over Carolina.
A solid effort from Allen, who has won his last three games, surrendering just five goals in that span. While Brian Elliott is the Blues' starter, Allen, with his 14-5-2 record, makes for a good fantasy play whenever he gets the nod. Allen is also clutch in the skills competition, allowed just one shootout goal on 12 attempts this season. Those extra points could make or break your pool, so feel confident whenever Allen gets the call for the Blues.
Anton Khudobin G CAR 14 Hrs
Khudobin was pulled Friday against the Blues after giving up two goals on three shots.
When we look back at Khudobin's game log at the end of the season, that .333 save percentage is sure going to look strange. After he was pulled, Cam Ward put on a show in relief, stopping all 29 shots he faced to guide the Hurricanes to a shootout. While Khudobin had been playing lights out, perhaps this rough outing and strong performance from Ward will prove noteworthy. If Ward can keep up the strong play, the two goalies could go back to sharing a more balanced workload.
Simon Despres D PIT 14 Hrs
Despres potted his second goal of the season (in 46 games) Friday for his first career game-winner.
He totaled just one hit after compiling 20 hits in his last four games, but fantasy owners will have to settle for a game-winning goal on five shots. After the contest, coach Mike Johnston said that Despres could see a bump up in playing time -- and with Kris Letang.