News: Ben Scrivens allowed two goals on 20 shots to come away with a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Thursday. Analysis: Ben Scrivens snapped a personal three-game losing skid in which he'd allowed 11 goals. Of course, Buffalo's the only team worse than the Oilers, as the Sabres have now dropped 13 straight. So this is one of those hollow victories -- but hey, a win's a win.
News: Nick Schultz scored his first goal since the 2012-13 season Thursday, and it held up as the game-winner against Winnipeg. Analysis: That last tally came on April 8, 2013, so Nick Schultz was coming up on a two-year goal-scoring slump. Now he can try for the next step: scoring more than one goal in a season for the first time since 2010-11.
News: Petr Straka netted his first NHL point in his second career game Thursday, picking up the primary assist on Nick Schultz's game-winning goal against Winnipeg. Analysis: Nice to see Petr Straka find his way onto the sheet, but with only 44 points in 99 AHL games, he hasn't shown a whole lot of scoring upside since turning pro.
News: Brayden Schenn scored his 11th goal and contributed a power-play assist Thursday against Winnipeg. Analysis: His scoring remains inconsistent, but he does have these little outbursts from time to time, and Brayden Schenn remains on track to break 50 points for the first time in his career. Still, he has the talent to do bigger things, so we'd like to see more.
News: Despite skating just 11:02, Wayne Simmonds potted a goal on the power play, chipped in an assist, went plus-1, picked up two PIM and laid four hits Thursday against Winnipeg. Analysis: It's his second straight game with a goal following a 14-game slump in which he picked up just one goal and three assists. While that skid slowed Wayne Simmonds' pace, he should pick it back up, especially if the Flyer reward his resurgence with a return to his typical minutes.
News: Mathieu Perreault was the only man to penetrate the Flyers' Steve Mason on Thursday, accounting for both Winnipeg goals in a 5-2 loss. Analysis: He went through a brief cooling period after his four-goal game, but Mathieu Perreault showed that big outings like that are no fluke. Assuming his health holds up, he should blow by last year's career-high 43 points, and the best could be yet to come.
News: Michael Hutchinson saw his four-game winning streak snapped Thursday, as he allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers. Analysis: The final goal came into an empty net. Ondrej Pavelec drew the Jets' first start out of the break and had a similarly poor game, so don't expect this to lower Hutch's standing, especially considering he still holds a narrow league lead over Carey Price and Pekka Rinne in save percentage.
News: Steve Mason stopped 36 of 38 to win for the fourth time in five starts Thursday against Winnipeg. Analysis: In those five starts -- which include the Jan. 10 game in which Steve Mason suffered a lower-body injury that knocked him out of action through the All-Star break -- Mason has allowed just six total goals while posting save marks of .929 or better in each outing. Mase and the Flyers are finally starting to warm up, but they're still a full 10 points out of a playoff spot.
News: Dale Weise assisted on Montreal's lone goal in Thursday night's 1-0 win over the Rangers. In addition to his assist, Weise nearly scored a first-period goal, but video replays could not overturn the on-ice ruling that the puck did not cross the goal line. Analysis: Dale Weise is about as unlikely a top-six forward as you'll see in the NHL, but he works hard and puts himself around the net. And that pleases head coach Michel Therrien, who will leave Weise on the top line with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty as long as the Habs are winning. Weise has a career-high 17 points while averaging a career-high 12:13 of ice time per game this season.
News: Scott Laughton confirmed Thursday that he's been dealing with a concussion, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports. Analysis: Scott Laughton has been cleared to resume skating, but likely needs to pass more tests before he's able to absorb contact. He'll sit for a fifth straight game Thursday against the Jets.