News: Shawn Matthias impressed in his Canucks debut on Thursday, leading all players with seven shots on goal, while logging 16:24 of ice time. Analysis: Though the Canucks lost 6-1, coach John Tortorella praised Shawn Matthias, saying the 26-year-old was probably the team's best forward on Thursday. He centered the third line against Dallas, winning nine of 14 draws. Matthias has nine goals and 16 points in 60 games this season, and should give a boost to a Canucks team that has lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Sam Gagner picked up a pair of assists Thursday in an overtime win against the Islanders, giving him points in three straight games. Analysis: All those points have been assists, as Sam Gagner hasn't scored a goal since way back on Jan. 14. With nine assists in his last 15 games and ever-unreliable plus-minus, he's looked far less exciting than he did during his lockout-shortened breakout last year.
News: Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 29 shots in Thursday's overtime loss to Edmonton. Analysis: He did well to get the game to overtime, only to see Taylor Hall end things halfway through the extra frame. Nabby has won just two of his last 11 starts and hasn't so much as posted a .900 save mark in a game since his Feb. 4 shutout of Washington.
News: Ben Scrivens overcame two first-period goals, made 32 saves and ended up with a 3-2 victory Thursday against the Islanders. Analysis: Ben Scrivens continues to post unimpeachable results since joining the Oilers. He may be on his third organization in two seasons, but if he keeps putting up anything resembling his current stats, he may be in Edmonton for the long haul.
News: Andrew Desjardins netted his 13th assist of the year tying his career high in a meager 6:01 of ice time Thursday against the Penguins. Analysis: The game was tight and the Sharks didn't have a lead until late in the game. Whether he's on the third of fourth line, his ice time in a tough match tells you a lot about how much trust coach Todd McLellan has in him. When the game is on the line, you'll find Andrew Desjardins on the bench.
News: Raffi Torres played a season-high 13:20 in Thursday's win over Pittsburgh. He also added two shots, four hits, and two blocked shots. Analysis: Raffi Torres is working his way into more ice time as the team doesn't want to push him too hard in his return. They want him healthy for the playoffs where they'll need him to be their most consistent grinder. He's playing very well, but temper your expectations on how soon he'll be running at full throttle.
News: Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, in addition to five shots, a plus-3 rating, and 20:20 of ice time in Thursday's win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Joe Thornton, who is currently averaging 1.4 shots per game, has been shooting the puck suddenly, averaging three shots per game over the last four. Don't look at those shots and 20 minutes of ice time as a new trend though, think of them as the icing on your "King of the Assists" fantasy cake.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted on the empty-netter that iced the win over Pittsburgh on Thursday. He was also a plus-2 with a pair of shots. Analysis: Marc-Edouard Vlasic has played strong defensively since returning from Sochi and is even adding a little offense again. In the five games since the break he has three assists and a plus-7 rating.
News: Justin Braun had a goal, a plus-1 rating, four shots, three hits, and two blocked shots in Thursday's win over the Penguins. Analysis: Justin Braun was doing it for owners in every category. This isn't the norm though and don't expect this kind of "across the board" performance from Braun often. Do expect to see those hits and blocked shots keep piling up.
News: Patrick Marleau had a goal and seven shots through 22:41 of ice time in an impressive come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Analysis: That's two straight games with seven shots for Patrick Marleau, whose 229 shots on the season ranks fourth in the NHL. He's also got three straight games with over 20 minutes of ice time. He's producing for owners beyond just goals and assists and is a valuable asset in any format.