News: Shawn Matthias impressed in his Canucks debut on Thursday, leading all players with seven shots on goal, while logging 16:24 of ice time. Analysis: Though the Canucks lost 6-1, coach John Tortorella praised Shawn Matthias, saying the 26-year-old was probably the team's best forward on Thursday. He centered the third line against Dallas, winning nine of 14 draws. Matthias has nine goals and 16 points in 60 games this season, and should give a boost to a Canucks team that has lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Sam Gagner picked up a pair of assists Thursday in an overtime win against the Islanders, giving him points in three straight games. Analysis: All those points have been assists, as Sam Gagner hasn't scored a goal since way back on Jan. 14. With nine assists in his last 15 games and ever-unreliable plus-minus, he's looked far less exciting than he did during his lockout-shortened breakout last year.
News: Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 29 shots in Thursday's overtime loss to Edmonton. Analysis: He did well to get the game to overtime, only to see Taylor Hall end things halfway through the extra frame. Nabby has won just two of his last 11 starts and hasn't so much as posted a .900 save mark in a game since his Feb. 4 shutout of Washington.
News: Ben Scrivens overcame two first-period goals, made 32 saves and ended up with a 3-2 victory Thursday against the Islanders. Analysis: Ben Scrivens continues to post unimpeachable results since joining the Oilers. He may be on his third organization in two seasons, but if he keeps putting up anything resembling his current stats, he may be in Edmonton for the long haul.
News: Mike Richards scored for the second time in three games in Thursday's 3-1 win over Winnipeg. Analysis: Mike Richards had scored just one goal in his previous 36 games prior to his last three games. He'll be reunited with Jeff Carter after the trade for Marian Gaborik and has shown excellent chemistry with Carter in the past. He's worth a look if he's been waiver bait due to the prolonged scoring slump.
News: Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch Thursday, reports MLive.com's Ansar Khan. Analysis: He was also scratched despite being good to go Tuesday. Fantasy owners aren't exactly missing Jakub Kindl's 11 points on the year while he languishes in the press box, but with the Wings having dropped the last two games, they may work him back into the lineup soon.
News: Lars Eller returned to the active lineup after being a healthy scratch for one game. Analysis: Lars Eller opened the game on the fourth line, but was bumped up to the third line during the game. He had three shots on goal and two hits.
News: Mike Weaver made his Montreal debut Thursday night, filling in for the injured Josh Gorges in a 5-2 loss to the Coyotes. He skated 15:22 and had one shot on goal, one blocked shot and two penalty minutes. Analysis: Gorges broke a bone in his right hand and went back to Montreal to have it evaluated. Mike Weaver played on the third defensive pairing with Douglas Murray. He may get a few more starts, pending the results of Gorges' evaluation.
News: Thomas Vanek made his Montreal debut Thursday night, playing 15:34 in a 5-2 loss to Phoenix. He had one shot and finished minus-1 while skating on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. Analysis: While it wasn't a very productive debut -- Thomas Vanek was out of sync with Gionta and Plekanec -- we'll look at the bright side and see that he skated on the first-unit power play. We should also note that the Habs were playing its third game in four nights, so they lacked energy -- particularly in the first period when they fell behind, 3-1. It's wise to take the long view here. Vanek is learning how to play with new teammates and he'll be helpful in the team's run to the postseason.
News: Josh Gorges has a broken bone in his right hand, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Josh Gorges suffered the injury last Saturday and played through it the last two games, but couldn't go on any longer. He may be shut down for a bit, but the Canadiens have not offered an estimated downtime. Mike Weaver filled in for him in Thursday's loss to the Coyotes.