News: Matt Greene (upper body) was a full participant in a non-contact practice Thursday, the LA Kings Insider reports. Analysis: Matt Greene's missed the last 14 games and is getting closer to a return. The Kings embark on a stretch of four road games in six days starting Tuesday which could complicate a possible return.
News: Tomas Hertl scored his 14th goal of the season Thursday -- the Sharks' lone tally in a loss to Pittsburgh. Analysis: While Tomas Hertl is obviously in the midst of an excellent rookie campaign, he's cooled off significantly since mid-November, totaling just four points in his last eight games. However, those four points have all come in his last five contests, so he may be warming to the task again.
News: Shawn Horcoff accounted for the majority of the Stars' offense in Thursday's overtime loss to Toronto, scoring one of their two goals -- a power-play tally -- and assisting on the other. He also went plus-1 and won 14 of 17 face-offs. Analysis: The goal came on his only shot -- in fact, the only shot he's put on net in the last five games. Shawn Horcoff's got four points in the last four contests, a productivity burst that's coincided with a boost in ice time, as Horcoff skated 16:36, including nearly four minutes on the power play.
News: Tyler Seguin (concussion) put seven shots on goal and laid four hits in his return to the ice Thursday against Toronto, but went minus-1 without a point as the Stars fell in overtime. Analysis: Tyler Seguin's recent struggles and concussion have killed the Stars' momentum; in the last seven games, he's sat out twice and gone scoreless five times, and Dallas has dropped five of those seven contests, largely thanks to a silent offense. Still, Seguin played an impactful game despite his lack of scoring -- even winning seven of 11 face-offs, an area where he's struggled this year -- and should get back on the scoreboard soon as long as his head feels right.
News: Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 21 shots Thursday, including the game-winner in overtime off the stick of the Leafs' Trevor Smith. Analysis: While Kari Lehtonen's largely remained a steady presence in let, the Stars' offense has dried up lately, thanks in large part to the struggles and concussion symptoms suffered by Tyler Seguin. Seguin's been either scoreless or out of the lineup for the last seven games, and in that span, Lehtonen has lost five times (thrice in overtime or the shootout), while the Stars have only exceeded two goals in a game one time.
News: Michael Bournival was promoted to the Tomas Plekanec line for Thursday night's game against Boston, Hockey Inside Out reports. He skated 18 shifts for 14:10 of ice time (1:39 on power play) with one shot, one blocked shot and one hit. Analysis: Michael Bournival was moved off the fourth line during the Habs' previous game and earned himself a longer-term promotion.
News: Tuukka Rask stopped 25 of 27 shots in Thursday's loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: Since a six-goal pasting at the hands of the Red Wings on Nov. 27, Tuukka Rask's turned in a pair of two-goal outings. He's been among the league's best in goal this year, and there's no reason to expect anything but more of the same.
News: Carey Price stopped 32 of 33 shots in Thursday's win over Boston, his sixth consecutive win. Analysis: Carey Price has been playing out of his mind this season, and particularly recently, having allowed two or fewer goals in nine straight contests. However, fantasy owners haven't forgotten his second-half disaster last year -- nor should they. Price has never been this good, but his name brand and his hot streak make him an interesting sell-high candidate.