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: Jiri Hudler (upper body) will not play this weekend but shouldn't be out for the long-term, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. Analysis: This loss hurts for the Flames, as Jiri Hudler leads the team with 44 points and has been one of the few to stay healthy all season. He should return next week, however.
News: Martin Erat made his debut for Phoenix skating 16:30 Thursday in a win over Montreal. He recorded two shots on net, four hits, and two PIM. Analysis: Martin Erat will slot on a line with fellow Czech countrymen Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal, which could give him the opportunity to improve on his lone goal so far this season.
News: Niklas Kronwall tallied his seventh goal of the season Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado. Analysis: Niklas Kronwall has been steady this season, with 40 points in 60 games. He remains one of the premier fantasy defensemen out there.
News: Kyle Chipchura picked up two assists Thursday in a win over Montreal. He has three assists over his last three games after going without point since mid-January. Analysis: Kyle Chipchura has collected 12 points on the year playing primarily on the Coyotes fourth line, although he moved up to replace Martin Hanzal Thursday and clicked with Radim Vrbata, setting up both of his goals.
News: Dion Phaneuf received a maintenance Friday, but he is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Flyers, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports. Analysis: Dion Phaneuf was given Friday off to rest some apparent bumps and bruises, but it appears he will avoid missing any game action so long as he makes it through Saturday's morning skate without issue. Phaneuf has tallied six goals, 18 assists, and 89 PIM in 62 games this season.
News: Darren Helm will be out at least another week due to concussion-like symptoms, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Darren Helm was able to play in a game earlier this week before departing in the second period, but he said he has been dealing with concussion symptoms since last Thursday, when he hit his head on the ice against the Senators. Helm will miss at least the Red Wings' next three games, and it's possible he could still end up on injured reserve if his symptoms linger longer than expected.