This article is part of our The Daily Puck series.
Just four games on the slate Friday night, but they managed to really drive home how the script gets flipped if you aren't paying attention.
Running through the stretch assuming that the storylines haven't changed will find you driving your team into the basement of your league.
For instance, while the Coyotes continue to surprise, the Ducks have figured out their struggles. They continue to suppress shots like crazy, but are scoring plenty now. If you avoided mid-range players in Anaheim because the team wasn't scoring -- a justified position through the season's first three and a half months -- you can freely pick those guys up now. They've scored 35 goals in their last eight games.
Winnipeg, once in playoff position and considered likely to continue their strong run from last year, are now tied for last place in the NHL, looking a potential lottery team. They were beat Friday by the Carolina Hurricanes, who are suddenly a very serious threat and could make a postseason appearance.
Another match pitted two teams picked preseason to do great things against each other. They both came out of the gates tepid. One got a coach fired. Now, both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning are looking a lot better. As are their star players, who were frequently derided early in the year.
Steven Stamkos is putting up points and Sidney Crosby has gone on one of the season's biggest tears. If Patrick Kane hadn't put together a record-breaking point streak this year, Crosby's current run would have a lot more people talking about his suddenly great season.
Hope you didn't trade him early on, buying into speculation that he'd maybe lost a step. He's on a nine-game point streak over which he's scored nine goals and six assists.
We'll get to a few more players who have had a great turn around this season, but before that...
Projected Goalie Starters (all times Eastern)
For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check our Projected Goalies Grid
Capitals (Braden Holtby) at Devils (Cory Schneider), 1:00 PM
Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) at PFlyers (Steve Mason), 1:00 PM
Oilers (Cam Talbot) at Canadiens (Ben Scrivens), 2:00 PM
Islanders (Thomas Greiss) at Red Wings (Petr Mrazek), 2:00 PM
Sabres (Robin Lehner) at Bruins (Tuukka Rask), 7:00 PM
Maple Leafs (James Reimer) at Senators (Craig Anderson), 7:00 PM
Penguins (Jeff Zatkoff) at Panthers (Roberto Luongo), 7:00 PM
Wild (Devan Dubnyk) at Blues (Brian Elliott), 8:00 PM
Sharks (Martin Jones) at Predators (Pekka Rinne), 8:00 PM
Blackhawks (Corey Crawford) at Stars (Antti Niemi), 8:00 PM
Jets (Connor Hellebuyck) at Avalanche (Semyon Varlamov), 10:00 PM
Flames (Karri Ramo) at Canucks (Ryan Miller), 10:00 PM
Injury News For Teams Playing Saturday
Brooks Orpik, D (lower body) - practiced Friday, but won't play Saturday or Sunday
Jay Beagle, C (hand) - skated on his own, but hasn't taken contact
Marcus Johansson, LW (upper body) - practiced Friday, but hasn't taken contact and is without a timetable for return
New Jersey Devils
Jon Merrill, D (upper body) - is unlikely to play Saturday
Patrik Elias, LW (knee) - may miss the rest of the season
Michael Cammalleri, LW (hand) - has been ruled out of Saturday's game
Jiri Tlusty, LW (wrist) - may not play again this season
Cody McCormick, C (blood clots) - is still without a timetable
Tyler Ennis, LW (concussion) - is still dealing with a concussion
Marcus Foligno, LW (lower body) - is not traveling with the team
Kyle Turris, C (ankle) - is a game-time decision for Saturday
David Dziurzynski, LW (undisclosed) - was injured in Thursday's game and will not play Saturday
Chris Phillips, D (back) - still isn't close to his season debut
Milan Michalek, LW (finger) - remains out indefinitely
Clarke MacArthur, LW (concussion) - practiced some Wednesday, but doesn't have a timetable for his return
Eric Fehr, RW (lower body) - will miss about a month
Evgeni Malkin, C (lower body) - will miss at least Saturday's game with a minor issue
Nick Bonino, C (hand) - is questionable at best for Saturday
Beau Bennett, RW (upper body) - has been tagged as a "longer term" injury
David Warsofsky, D (concussion) - is making progress
San Jose Sharks
Raffi Torres, LW (knee) - is still in the AHL rehabbing his knee
Marcus Kruger, C (wrist) - remains out
Ondrej Pavelec, G (knee) - is making progress, but isn't cleared for game action
Ben Street, C (chest) - remains out
Reto Berra, G (ankle) - has skated, but isn't ready to return
Jesse Winchester, LW (concussion) - remains out
Brad Stuart, D (back) - had back surgery and is expected to miss an extended period of time
Dennis Wideman, D (suspension) - is serving a 20-game suspension
Dan Hamhuis, D (face) - is expected to return on Saturday
Tyler Johnson, C, TBL — Johnson has not only put up some points, on the ice he's looked like the Johnson from last season suddenly. In the last four games he has two goals and three assists with 17 shots, a pair of power play markers and four penalty minutes. In fact, the entire Triplets Line looks like they're ready to take control of play again.
Phil Kessel, RW, PIT — Even hockey fandom's favorite whipping boy is clicking in Pittsburgh right now. He's on a five-game point streak with three goals, three assists and 22 shots. You can extend that time frame and he's still looking pretty solid. Kessel has four goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Michael Frolik, RW, CGY — He put on a show Wednesday, grabbing a few scoring chances while short-handed against Carolina, but he hasn't had as much luck at even strength. He's without a point in five games and has just a single goal in his last 11 games. While he has lots of utility to the Flames, his fantasy value is fading.
Viktor Tikhonov, RW, ARI — In 2016, Tikhonov has just one assist in 16 games. In fact, he has just four shots in that time. That's not an error. Just four shots. Just four shots. Let's put that in perspective. He has four shots in his last 16 games with the Coyotes. John Scott played just 11 games this season -- all for Arizona -- and had six shots. Steve Downie has 11 shots in his last 16 games with Arizona. Both Scott and Downie were waived by Arizona this season. Tikhonov's ice time has dropped like crazy -- as you would expect when you manage just four shots in 16 games -- and he's no longer a viable fantasy option.
Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT — Because of his early-season struggles, Kunitz is only owned in about 50% of leagues. That's good news for you. He's on a four-game point streak, with four goals and six assists over his last seven games. In those seven games he's also a plus-7 with eight penalty minutes, 11 hits, a power play point and 13 shots.