News: Jakob Silfverberg collected a goal, two assists and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's win over the Coyotes. Analysis: The points give him 30 on the year (10 goals, 20 assists), already well above his previous best of 23 from last season. The Ducks' forward corps is a fairly crowded bunch at the moment, so the 24-year-old will probably continue to have a hard time consistently hitting the scoresheet. However, he has fired 144 shots on goal this season, making him an intriguing option in leagues that count the stat.
News: Brett Connolly left Wednesday's practice early after taking a puck to the hand. Analysis: Per the report, the newly-acquired Brett Connolly is being evaluated by team doctors, which clouds his status for Thursday's game against the Flames.
News: Henrik Zetterberg (upper body) has been cleared to play Wednesday against the Rangers, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg, who is thus on track to be taken of the Wings' IR list in advance of Wednesday's contest, last suited up for the team on Feb. 21.
News: Matt Beleskey (shoulder) has been able to take shots and one-timers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Matt Beleskey is less than a week removed from his latest timetable of being about a week to 10 days away from a return, so his progress is obviously an encouraging sign. He appears to be on pace to return at some point next week, provided he's able to participate in practice before being activated.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic tallied his eighth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: The eight goals match Marc-Edouard Vlasic's output from the last two seasons combined. He's benefited greatly from a 10.3 shooting rate that is nearly six points higher than his career percentage, so it wouldn't be surprising if Vlasic ends up falling short of the double-digit goals despite 17 games remaining on the Sharks' schedule.
News: Roberto Luongo is slated to undergo a CT scan on his shoulder/collarbone area, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports Analysis: More on Roberto Luongo's status as we know it, but with fellow goalie Al Montoya likely to miss a decent chunk of time, the Panthers have recalled Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain.
News: Melker Karlsson recorded his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Canucks. Analysis: Melker Karlsson got off to a blazing start to his NHL career upon being recalled from AHL Worcester in December, ratting off six goals and four assists over his first 14 games. His production has since slowed considerably, but he's still been able to maintain an appointment on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. That type of deployment gives Karlsson an added level of intrigue, but he may need to start producing offense with more frequency to keep his spot.
News: TSN's Bob McKenzie indicates that Al Montoya (groin) is likely out for "weeks," tsn.ca reports. Analysis: With both Al Montoya and fellow goalie Roberto Luongo hurting, the Panthers' top healthy options in net currently are Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain, who were both recalled by the team on Wednesday.
News: Eddie Lack was excellent in relief of Jacob Markstrom in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Blues, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Analysis: It was quite the disastrous outing for Markstrom, who saved only one of the four shots he faced before being pulled in the game's first eight minutes. Eddie Lack was stellar in making sure the deficit didn't grow any larger, but his offense failed to provide enough support to lead him to the comeback victory. In any event, Markstrom's horrid showing in the face of Lack's brilliance further ensures the latter will have a strong grasp on the Canucks' goaltending job until Ryan Miller (leg) returns near the end of the regular season.
News: Nick Shore registered an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Oilers. Analysis: The 22-year-old is still searching for his first NHL goal through 17 games, but probably won't get many opportunities to achieve that feat as a member of the Kings' fourth line. He's averaging only 9:54 of ice time per game and probably isn't in line to gain any additional duties in the near future.