News: Nicklas Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins. Analysis: Nicklas Backstrom is one of the best passers in the entire NHL, and he's proving it again this season, as his 35 assists rank fourth in the league. He's currently on a five game point streak, and has racked up eight points over that span.
News: Alex Ovechkin picked up two more goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins. Analysis: It was Alex Ovechkin's fourth two-point game in his last five, and he now leads the NHL with 29 goals in 48 games to date. The most surprising figure right now is that Ovechkin is a plus-12 on the year, after finishing last season as a minus-35.
News: Braden Holtby recorded a 27 save shutout Wednesday against the Penguins. Analysis: Braden Holtby got back on track Wednesday after dropping his last three decisions, and is now 23-10-8 through 42 games on the season, with a .922 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA.
News: Jonathan Quick stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 4-3 win over Chicago on Wednesday. Analysis: Jonathan Quick wasn't stellar against Chicago but managed to snap a seven-game winless streak that dated back to January 1.
News: Tyler Toffoli (illness) picked up a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup Wednesday. Analysis: Tyler Toffoli had missed the last 19 days with mononucleosis but hit the ground running in his return to the Kings lineup.
News: Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win over Chicago on Wednesday. Analysis: Jeff Carter now has goals in back-to-back games after having just one goal in his previous eight games in January.
News: Carey Price will start Thursday night in New York against the Rangers, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: It's being billed as a goalie showdown at Madison Square Garden where Carey Price (.929 save pct., 2.15 GAA) and Henrik Lundqvist (.920, 2.30) are the expected starters. Price was given the day off Wednesday after facing 42 shots in Tuesday night's win over the Stars.
News: Jakub Kindl (elbow) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday. Analysis: The activation confirms Jakub Kindl is fully healthy at this point, but coach Mike Babcock said the blueliner would remain a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Lightning. Xavier Ouellet will continue to hold down a spot on the Wings' third pairing until he begins to struggle.
News: Van Riemsdyk (knee) is expected to resume skating next week, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports. Analysis: Van Riemsdyk has been out sidelined since November, when he required surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. It seems that Trevor van Riemsdyk is almost completely healed from the procedure, but because of his lengthy absence, he'll probably need several more weeks to get back to full speed. Expect the Blackhawks to send him out to AHL Rockford on a rehab assignment at some point in February, if he continues to progress as anticipated.
News: Kris Versteeg (hand) isn't expected to play during the Blackhawks' six-game road trip that kicks off Wednesday in Los Angeles, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports. Analysis: Kris Versteeg instead remained in Chicago, taking to the ice Wednesday morning for conditioning work. Because he's dealing with a fractured hand rather than a lower-body ailment, Versteeg's presence on the ice won't mean much until he's cleared to absorb contact.