News: Roberto Luongo will start Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Roberto Luongo will look to get back on track after being pulled from his last start for the second time in five games -- all losses for the Panthers and Luongo. He will square off against a Columbus team that has won three of of its last four games entering Thursday's contest.
News: Shawn Thornton (groin) was activated from injured reserve Thursday. Analysis: Shawn Thornton is ready to return after missing the last 20 games with his groin injury. He will take the ice Thursday night for the Panthers' matchup with the Blue Jackets, but it's not certain which line he will join out of the gate.
News: Steve Mason will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: Steve Mason has recovered from a lower-body injury that cost him six games, and he will start Thursday for the first time since Jan. 10. He will face off against a Winnipeg team that won five in a row before falling to the Penguins in its last game Tuesday.
News: Jaroslav Halak will be in goal for Thursday's game against the Bruins. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak will look to keep thing rolling after giving up just one goal in a victory over the Rangers on Tuesday. He will square off against a Boston team that has lost just once in regulation during January, but has been held to three goals or fewer in all but one of those games.
News: Artem Anisimov (triceps) will likely play in Thursday's game against the Panthers, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Blue Jackets will not release an official status update on Artem Anisimov until later Thursday, but early indications point to him suiting up for the first time since Nov. 29.
News: Anton Khudobin is the likely starter for Thursday's game against the Blues, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Anton Khudobin is arguably one of the NHL's hottest netminders right now, having won all of his past six starts. He also owns a GAA of 1.46 over that stretch, along with a save percentage of .945. That said, the Canes are not one of the league's strongest teams offensively, so Khudobin's hot streak is likely to come to an end anytime now. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.
News: Craig Anderson is dealing with a hand injury and will not play Thursday, Brent Wallace of TSN Ottawa reports. Analysis: The extent of Craig Anderson's setback uncertain, but replacement goaltender Andrew Hammond was called up on an emergency basis, which indicates Anderson should not be sidelined long. While Hammond will be active, Robin Lehner will get the start in Thursday's matchup with the Stars.
News: Nicklas Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins. Analysis: Nicklas Backstrom is one of the best passers in the entire NHL, and he's proving it again this season, as his 35 assists rank fourth in the league. He's currently on a five game point streak, and has racked up eight points over that span.
News: Alex Ovechkin picked up two more goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins. Analysis: It was Alex Ovechkin's fourth two-point game in his last five, and he now leads the NHL with 29 goals in 48 games to date. The most surprising figure right now is that Ovechkin is a plus-12 on the year, after finishing last season as a minus-35.
News: Braden Holtby recorded a 27 save shutout Wednesday against the Penguins. Analysis: Braden Holtby got back on track Wednesday after dropping his last three decisions, and is now 23-10-8 through 42 games on the season, with a .922 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA.