News: Roberto Luongo made 31 saves on 33 shots to snap a five-game losing streak Thursday with a 3-2 win over the Jackets. Analysis: A nice turnaround for Roberto Luongo, who next will match up with his former Canucks protege Cory Schneider in New Jersey on Saturday. Despite the recent skid, fantasy owners have largely been rewarded for owning Luongo this year, as he's sporting a .920 save mark -- his best since 2011-12 with Vancouver.
News: Frederik Andersen played the final 23 minutes of Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Sharks, stopping all eight shots he faced. Analysis: The Ducks were counting on backup Ilya Bryzagalov to provide them with a solid outing in order to save Frederik Andersen for Friday's massive tilt with the Blackhawks, but he didn't oblige, surrendering six goals on 25 shots before getting the yank. Though he played more than anticipated Thursday, Andersen is still in line to start Friday. Expect confirmation to come down at some point in the afternoon.
News: Joe Thornton rattled off two more helpers (one on the power play) in Thursday's win over the Ducks, pushing his point streak to four games. Analysis: Thorny may be turning 36 this year, but he still isn't showing his age. His assist rate is down a tick from last year, but he's still on pace to clear 60 points easily and approach 70.
News: Sam Gagner scored his eighth goal of the season on the power play and added an assist Thursday in a win of the Leafs. He was plus-1, took six shots, and added two hits and a blocked shot on the night. Analysis: Sam Gagner has rescued his season since being a healthy scratch on December 13, putting up 14 of his 24 points on the season since then. His point production remains a bit disappointing, but he may be playing his way into Arizona's future plans as they decide who will stay and who will be on the block as the trade deadline approaches. Of course, if he remains in the desert that could hurt his production further as the Coyotes probably face a significant rebuilding effort.
News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a shorthanded goal, his 13th of the season, Thursday in a win over the Leafs. He was plus-1 and took eight shots in the game. Analysis: Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier would like to have this one back, as OEL scored on a dump in from his own blue line, but they all count. While his point total on the season is a bit disappointing, Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads all defensemen in goals this year, including eight on the power play, and ranks second in shots. On a brutal Coyotes team it's tough to complain about that production.
News: Colin McDonald was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis Friday. Analysis: Colin McDonald's promotion would seem to signal that one of the team's forwards acquired an injury in Thursday's loss to the Bruins, likely putting their status in jeopardy for Saturday's game against the Red Wings. The Islanders only had 12 forwards on the active roster prior to McDonald's call-up, so there would seem to be a strong chance for the 30-year-old to break into the lineup right away if an injury is indeed in play. McDonald cracked the Isles' 23-man roster out of training camp, but only appeared in two games before he was waived in late October.
News: Tomas Hertl rattled off a pair of assists and went plus-1 Thursday in a win over the Ducks. Analysis: This represents his first multi-point game in very nearly two months, dating all the way back to Dec. 4. In the 21 games between these two-point efforts, he collected just two goals and two assists. All in all, this year so far has been a far cry from last season's explosion onto the NHL scene for Tomas Hertl, who's seen his shooting rate percentage both plummet despite a relatively modest drop in ice time.
News: Patrick Marleau posted his second consecutive two-point game and third in the last four Thursday, picking up a goal and a power-play assist while going plus-2. Analysis: Patrick Marleau's heated up dramatically over the last five, potting three goals to go with four assists, and four of those points have come on the man advantage. It's been a down year, but maybe the veteran forward is primed for a big second half. It's hard to keep a seven-time 30-goal man down.
News: Barclay Goodrow celebrated his return from a brief AHL stint over the All-Star break with a goal and an assist in a win over the Ducks on Thursday. Analysis: With just nine points to show for 32 games, Barclay Goodrow hasn't been much of a fantasy asset, though at least he's good for some hits and PIM. The points were his first since Jan. 3, with eight scoreless contests in between.
News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 28 shots, but came away with a 6-3 win over Anaheim on Thursday. Analysis: You wouldn't think a performance like that would be enough to beat the Ducks, but Anaheim started Ilya Bryzgalov in goal, which gave Antti Niemi plenty of cushion to work with. Still, he could have finished with a much stronger line if not for giving back two goals with a 6-1 lead in the third period.