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: Ray Emery (groin) will not travel to Saturday's game in Toronto, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports. Analysis: Ray Emery is still dealing a sore groin, so he will stay in Philadelphia for the weekend, and Cal Heeter will again serve as the backup behind Steve Mason.
News: Darcy Kuemper will get the start Saturday against the Stars, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper could lose some starts to new acquisition Ilya Bryzgalov, but Kuemper is rolling right now, and head coach Mike Yeo will give him his 16th straight start Saturday night. Kuemper will have his work cut out for him Saturday against a Stars squad that scored six goals its last time out and has averaged 3.4 goals per game since the Olympic break.
News: Mats Zuccarello (hand) will play in Friday's game against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: It was believed that a decision on Mats Zuccarello's status would not come until game time, but it appears he is feeling a little better than expected, and he will take the ice Friday for the first time since breaking his hand during the Olympics. Zuccarello will attempt to pick up where he left off: he notched two goals and six assists over the last six games he played in for the Rangers.
News: Lauri Korpikoski scored Thursday in a win over Montreal. It was his first goal since returning from the Olympics where he played with team Finland. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski has missed some time this year, but has played well when he has been in the lineup. Before the Olympic break he was on a roll with Antoine Vermette and they will try to recapture that chemistry soon.
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.