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: Lars Eller returned to the active lineup after being a healthy scratch for one game. Analysis: Lars Eller opened the game on the fourth line, but was bumped up to the third line during the game. He had three shots on goal and two hits.
News: Mike Weaver made his Montreal debut Thursday night, filling in for the injured Josh Gorges in a 5-2 loss to the Coyotes. He skated 15:22 and had one shot on goal, one blocked shot and two penalty minutes. Analysis: Gorges broke a bone in his right hand and went back to Montreal to have it evaluated. Mike Weaver played on the third defensive pairing with Douglas Murray. He may get a few more starts, pending the results of Gorges' evaluation.
News: Thomas Vanek made his Montreal debut Thursday night, playing 15:34 in a 5-2 loss to Phoenix. He had one shot and finished minus-1 while skating on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. Analysis: While it wasn't a very productive debut -- Thomas Vanek was out of sync with Gionta and Plekanec -- we'll look at the bright side and see that he skated on the first-unit power play. We should also note that the Habs were playing its third game in four nights, so they lacked energy -- particularly in the first period when they fell behind, 3-1. It's wise to take the long view here. Vanek is learning how to play with new teammates and he'll be helpful in the team's run to the postseason.
News: Josh Gorges has a broken bone in his right hand, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Josh Gorges suffered the injury last Saturday and played through it the last two games, but couldn't go on any longer. He may be shut down for a bit, but the Canadiens have not offered an estimated downtime. Mike Weaver filled in for him in Thursday's loss to the Coyotes.
News: Alexander Edler racked up an assist in Thursday's loss to Dallas. It was his first point in five games. Analysis: Alexander Edler only has 16 points in 46 games this season, putting him on pace for his worst offensive season since the 2007-08 campaign. He is a team-worst minus-27 this season, and has struggled to provide offense to a Canucks team that has lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Henrik Sedin was held off the scoresheet in Thursday's loss to Dallas, marking the 11th straight game the 33-year-old has gone without recording a point. Analysis: To say Henrik Sedin has been a disappointment would be an understatement, as the Canucks' captain hasn't been this ineffective since his first few seasons in the NHL. With the loss on Thursday, the Canucks have now dropped 11 of their last 12 games. "Its embarrassing to be standing here after every loss," Sedin said. To make matters worse, his brother Daniel is currently out of the lineup with a hamstring injury and isn't expected to return for about three weeks. It doesn't get much worse for Sedin fantasy owners. You know what they say though, once you hit rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up.