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: Joe Pavelski collected three assists and went plus-3 in Thursday's victory over Pittsburgh. Analysis: It's been all or nothing for Pavs since the resumption of NHL play -- he's got a hat trick, a two-assist game and now this three-assist game, but also two scoreless contests. Still, that so-called inconsistency adds up to eight points in five games.
News: Brent Burns scored two goals -- a game-tying third-period tally and an empty-netter with three seconds left -- in Thursday's win over the Penguins. Analysis: Now things are finally starting to come along for Brent Burns. He's scored in consecutive games following a stone-cold stretch in which he managed no goals and just a single assist over a 12-game span.
News: Olli Maatta contributed a pair of goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 loss to San Jose. Analysis: While this was a tough one for the Pens, Olli Maatta now has six points in his last five games on the strength of a trio of two-point performances. He's seeing major minutes thanks to the Pens' banged-up blue line and should be approaching universal ownership, considering the offensive upside he's displaying.
News: Jeff Zatkoff was peppered with 46 shots by the Sharks on Thursday, and though he stopped 42 of them, it wasn't enough in a 5-3 loss. Analysis: It was Jeff Zatkoff's first appearance since way back on Jan. 30. Despite the four goals, it's hard to blame the backup netminder for this one, considering the Pens only took 22 shots on goal against San Jose's 46.
News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on just 22 shots Thursday, but came away with a victory over the Penguins. Analysis: The Sharks helped Antti Niemi out by peppering opposing goalie Jeff Zatkoff with 46 shots, four of which (plus an empty-netter) found twine. Despite the win, it's hard to say this is the end of NIemi's recent skid, as Thursday marks the fourth time in six contests that he's finished with a sub-.900 save mark.