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: Tyler Johnson scored a shorthanded goal in Thursday's loss to Buffalo. Analysis: He has a goal in each of his last two games and 19 over all on the season. This talented player may see his role increase now that Marty St. Louis has left. But his best will come in future seasons.
News: Despite strong speculation that Chris Stewart would be traded at the deadline, no deals materialized and he will stay a Buffalo Sabre for the time being. Analysis: The Senators made no secret they coveted the big power forward, but could not come to an agreement with the Sabres. With term remaining on his contract, Chris Stewart has value for the Sabres going forward. Though he struggles with inconsistency, he is still a capable 20-25 goal scorer who will get a chance to play in the top-six for Buffalo. Head coach Ted Nolan likes playing an aggressive, physical game, and Stewart fits the bill. He will most likely play alongside Cody Hodgson. His plus-minus may not be pretty on a team that will finish close to last next year, but he provides good value in other categories for a potential mid- to late-round pick.
News: Nikita Nikitin sustained an upper body injury and will not return to Thursday's game, the Blue Jackets' official Twitter account reports. Analysis: Nikita Nikitin took a forearm to the chin, which will prevent him from finishing Thursday's contest. With him out, the Blue Jackets are currently down to five defensemen.
News: Zemgus Girgensons will not return for the third period of Thursday's game due to a lower body injury, The Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons boasts six goals and 14 assists during his rookie season, so the Sabres will hope his post-game evaluation doesn't reveal anything serious.