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: Martin Havlat was a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. Analysis: Naturally, the Sharks aren't divulging why he was scratched, but it's coming the game after Martin Havlat scored his fifth goal of the season. Barring injuries, it's going to be tough to depend on Havlat playing every game the rest of the way. He's been inconsistent and there's a fierce battle for ice time among a handful of Sharks forwards.
News: Brooks Laich (groin) could play Saturday against the Coyotes, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Coach Adam Oates isn't ready to sign off on Brooks Laich returning just yet, as he wants to see how the 30-year-old looks in Saturday's morning skate before making a decision on his availability. Laich aggravated a nagging groin injury in Wednesday's loss the the Flyers.
News: Jonas Hiller is expected to start in goal Friday against the Penguins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: In what looks like a potential Stanley Cup finals preview, the Ducks will host the Penguins with Jonas Hiller looking for his fifth home shutout of the season. In 23 starts at the Honda Center so far this year, Hiller has gone 15-4-3 with a 1.97 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
News: Dennis Wideman, who has already been ruled out for Friday's game against the Islanders, will not play Saturday against the Canucks either. Analysis: It's not clear how long Dennis Wideman will be out, but he will take the weekend off after being injured in Wednesday's game. Consider Wideman questionable for the Flames' next game Monday.
News: Jiri Hudler, who has already been ruled out for Friday's game against the Islanders, will not play Saturday against the Canucks either. Analysis: It's not clear how long Jiri Hudler will be out, but he will take the weekend off after being injured in Wednesday's game. Consider Hudler questionable for the Flames' next game Monday.
News: Jaroslav Halak is expected to make his Capitals debut Saturday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has not been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game, but it appears the Capitals want to get a look at their new acquisition. Expect an update on the Capitals' goalie situation once more details become available.