News: The Ducks will give Frederik Andersen the start in net Thursday against the Canadiens, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Frederik Andersen was pulled early in the third period of Tuesday's outing against the Maple Leafs after surrendering four goals, allowing Ilya Bryzgalov to make his team debut. Bryzgalov could make his first start for the Ducks on Friday in Ottawa, but because Andersen didn't see a full 60 minutes his last time out, coach Bruce Boudreau will roll with his No. 1 netminder for the 20th straight time. Despite his heavy usage, Andersen had generally played well prior to Tuesday's debacle, winning in his previous seven starts.
News: Colton Sceviour grabbed his second goal of the year in a win over Vancouver on Wednesday. Analysis: Colton Sceviour had a big impact in limited time last year, scoring eight goals and four assists in 26 games last season. In 25 games this season he has just two goals and four assists. However, those two goals came in the last five games and he may be finding his touch again.
News: Vernon Fiddler had an assist, a plus-2 rating, and a pair of shots in Dallas' win over Vancouver on Wednesday. Analysis: Vernon Fiddler has two goals and seven assists through 30 games. He's about on pace for where he's been in recent years, a little behind, but Fiddler has been about what you'd expect this season.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will make the start in goal Thursday against the Capitals, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports Ohio reports. Analysis: While his workload has started to mount of late, Sergei Bobrovsky will likely assume every start for the Blue Jackets until he begins to cool off. He's almost single-handedly willed the Blue Jackets away from the Connor McDavid sweepstakes and into contention for an Eastern Conference playoff spot to this point in December, winning in all seven of his starts and posting a 1.64 GAA. Fantasy owners should roll with Bobrovsky in their lineups regardless of his opponent while he continues to sizzle.
News: Braden Holtby will be between the pipes Thursday against the Blue Jackets. Analysis: Braden Holtby missed out on his 13th victory of the season Tuesday against the Panthers by the narrowest of margins, falling in a shootout that lasted an NHL-record 20 rounds. The netminder has been mostly good of late with save percentages of .916, .869, .928 and .965 over his last four starts, but has taken two overtime losses during that span. He'll probably need to turn in another superb outing Thursday if he hopes to topple Columbus and their netminder, Sergei Bobrovsky, who owns a 7-0 record, 1.63 GAA and .950 save percentage thus far in December.
News: Braydon Coburn (general soreness) will play Thursday against the Panthers, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Braydon Coburn was in some pain after he was hit into the boards during Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay, but was able to recover sufficiently in advance of Thursday's morning skate. Coach Craig Berube will stick with the same six defensemen Thursday that he used two nights earlier.
News: Roberto Luongo will man the net Thursday for the Panthers on the road in Philadelphia, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Analysis: Coach Gerard Gallant will stick with the same lineup that came out on top in a 20-round shootout Tuesday against the Capitals, with no player being more instrumental in that victory than Roberto Luongo. The 35-year-old has won both of his last two outings while posting save percentages above .930, bring his record to 11-6-6 on the campaign. He should be a decent play against a Flyers attack that ranks in the middle of the pack league-wide in goals per game.
News: The Wild assigned Brett Sutter to AHL Iowa on Thursday, Michael Russ of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Brett Sutter appeared in two games with the Wild after being recalled earlier this week, but he will head back to Iowa with Matt Cooke (hip) and/or Ryan Carter (shoulder) set to return for Minnesota's next game Saturday.
News: Zdeno Chara recorded an assist in 24:13 worth of ice time in Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Analysis: Zdeno Chara, who has two helpers in four games since returning from a knee injury, continues to shake off the rust, but as long as he can avoid further injury setbacks, the big blueliner is destined to continue to log heavy minutes for the Bruins in all situations.
News: The Wild assigned John Curry to AHL Iowa on Thursday, Michael Russ of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: John Curry was called up just a day earlier with both Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom under the weather, but his assignment is a sign that both of the Wild's regular goaltenders will be good to go moving forward.