News: Michael Raffl (illness) was not on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports. Analysis: Michael Raffle missed Tuesday's game due to his illness, and it looks like the ailment could prevent him from taking the ice Thursday as well.
News: Jonathan Bernier will start Thursday's game against the Coyotes, David Alter of the Maple Leafs' website reports. Analysis: Jonathan Bernier will start for the second time in as many nights despite tallying 64:43 TOI in Toronto's loss to New Jersey on Wednesday. He will square off against a slumping Arizona team that has lost seven in a row entering Thursday's game.
News: The Maple Leafs assigned Josh Leivo to AHL Toronto on Thursday. Analysis: Josh Leivo will head back to Toronto after being recalled earlier in the week. He has appeared in nine games with the Maple Leafs this season, so he will garner consideration next time the team needs to add a forward.
News: Joffrey Lupul (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Analysis: The Maple Leafs assigned fellow forward Josh Leivo to AHL Toronto on Thursday, which hints at Joffrey Lupul taking the ice Thursday. He is available in some leagues and could be of some assistance with totals of 17 points and 14 PIM in 26 games this season.
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.