News: Ladislav Smid scored his first goal as a member of the Flames in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: Known more for his work as a stay-at-home defenseman, even Ladislav Smid couldn't help but get into the act in the Flames' seven-goal onslaught against the Ducks. Smid added seven hits for good measure in the victory.
News: T.J. Brodie pocketed two assists in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: T.J. Brodie finished the game with a plus-3 rating and added two more blocked shots to his ledger, giving him 109 for the season. He continues to see 20-plus minutes a night for the Flames, but before Wednesday's outburst, his scoring had been rather scarce. He had collected just one point in the seven games since the Olympic break.
News: Lance Bouma assisted on two of the Flames' seven goals in their rout of the Ducks on Wednesday. Analysis: Lance Bouma capped the Flames' four-goal first period by finding Mikael Backlund for his first score of the night, then was credited with a secondary assist on Ladislav Smid's second-period tally. Wednesday's performance aside, Bouma has been rather quiet of late for the Flames, as he had just one point over his previous 12 games.
News: Brandon Prust was activated off injured reserve and played 12:26 in Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Boston. Analysis: Brandon Prust had two hits and seven minutes in penalties, which is a good night for him. He skated mostly on the fourth line.
News: Rene Bourque was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Boston. Analysis: With Brandon Prust activated from injured reserve and ready to go, someone had to sit, and it might as well be the guy who's minus-5 with just 12 points in 53 games.
News: Thomas Vanek assisted on David Desharnais' third-period goal in Wednesday night's loss to Boston. It was Vanek's first point since joining Montreal. Analysis: Thomas Vanek played his best game as a member of the bleu, blanc et rouge, firing five shots on net and finishing as the only Hab to finish with a positive plus-minus. Coach Michel Therrien moved him up to the first line with Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, something we may see more of in the coming games.
News: Rich Peverley will miss the remainder of the season after collapsing in a game on Monday, according to NHL.com. Analysis: In a press conference Wednesday Rich Peverley thanked the doctors who treated him for saving his life. He will have a "procedure on his heart" in Cleveland soon. Everyone is just glad he's up and about. Monday's game was a scary moment for everyone on the bench and those watching the game.
News: Blake Comeau will be suspended two games for his hit on the Red WIngs' Brendan Smith, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Blake Comeau was only assessed a minor boarding penalty after making the hit, but after a phone hearing on Wednesday, was handed a two-game suspension. He'll miss contests on Thursday and Saturday against the Canadiens and Wild, respectively.
News: Paul Byron assisted on two goals in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: The center also posted a plus-3 rating as the Flames dismantled the Ducks 7-2. Paul Byron now has three goals and 12 assists in 35 games on the season.
News: Curtis Glencross returned from an ankle injury to skate 12:58 TOI in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Ducks. Analysis: The winger wasn't involved much on offense, but he should heat back up as he gets back into the swing of things. Curtis Glencross recorded six goals and six assists in 22 games before getting hurt December 21.