News: Viktor Fasth has arrived in Edmonton and could start as early as Sunday. Analysis: The Oilers have done a solid job of upgrading their goaltending with the addition of Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth this season. Fasth could have a shot at the starting role should Scrivens falter but at this point in time he looks like the backup.
News: Vincent Lecavalier was ejected after twice fighting Capitals' defenseman John Erskine. The Flyers' center said the fight was "instinctive," according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly.com. Analysis: Vincent Lecavalier rewarded owners with 17 PIM as a result of the fight. But don't expect much more PIM-performances like this -- he's only earned four game misconduct penalties in his career.
News: Rickard Rakell was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Thursday. Analysis: The 20-year-old made a minimal impact with the Ducks in seven games earlier this season, but he's been highly productive for Norfolk, notching 14 goals and 23 assists over 43 contests. He'll likely play Friday in the event Teemu Selanne (flu) is not ready to play.
News: Martin Brodeur will start Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Prior to the NHL's Wednesday trade deadline, there had been plenty of speculation that Martin Brodeur might be traded, but the report notes that the veteran goalie wasn't approached about possibly waiving his no-trade clause. As a result, he'll continue to work in tandem with Cory Schneider, who will start Friday's game against the Red Wings.
News: Cory Schneider will start Friday's game against the Red Wings, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: Moreover, Martin Brodeur, who will now finish up the season with the Devils despite rumors circulating that he would be dealt by the team in advance of the NHL's trade deadline, is on track to start Saturday's game against the Hurricanes.
News: Jeff Zatkoff was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and appears likely to receive the start Thursday vs. the Sharks, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: With the Penguins beginning a back-to-back set out west, it appears Jeff Zatkoff will lead off, with Marc-Andre Fleury presumably drawing the nod Friday vs. the Ducks. Zatkoff has actually performed better on the road than he has in Pittsburgh this season, owning a 6-1-1 record, 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage over eight appearances.
News: Zac Dalpe scored on the power play Thursday against Dallas, accounting for the entirety of the Vancouver offense in a 6-1 loss. Analysis: He'd gone 10 straight games without a point -- not to mention three of the last four without a shot on goal -- so those fantasy owners still holding out hope for Zac Dalpe have to be thrilled just to see him on the board.
News: Alex Goligoski scored a goal for the third consecutive game Thursday, tallying on the power play in a win over Vancouver. He added an assist, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating. Analysis: Well, this is unexpected. Alex Goligoski had scored just two goals in the first 59 games of the season, and now he's suddenly on a binge. While that shouldn't be expected to continue, it's worth noting that Goligoski's averaging nearly two shots on goal per game, suggesting that he's been a bit unlucky in the points department this year.
News: Kari Lehtonen allowed just one goal on 33 shots in Thursday's 6-1 romp over the Canucks. Analysis: Despite the Stars getting outshot 33-22, they put a small pile of pucks into the back of the Vancouver net while Kari Lehtonen locked things down on his end. He's won four of five and appears to be in little danger at this time of losing his starting job to deadline acquisition Tim Thomas.
News: Markstorm made his first appearance in a Vancouver uniform on Thursday, coming on in the third period for an ineffective Eddie Lack and allowing one goal on five shots in a 6-1 loss to Dallas. Analysis: With the Canucks unable to win for Lack recently, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team turn to Jacob Markstrom against Calgary on Saturday, just to try to change up the juju. However, despite his excellent potential, Markstrom's just 1-6-3 with an .872 save mark at the NHL level this year, so it's not likely he's going to displace Lack anytime soon.