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: The Sabres recalled Nicolas Deslauriers on an emergency basis Friday, the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers, who was recently acquired from the Kings was summoned after fellow forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart suffered injuries Thursday night. It remains to be seen if Deslauriers will suit up Friday or simply serve as an extra forward.
News: The Sabres recalled Luke Adam on an emergency basis Friday, the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: Luke Adam was summoned after fellow forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart suffered injuries Thursday night. It remains to be seen if Adam will suit up Friday or simply serve as an extra forward.
News: Jordie Benn had an assist and was a plus-2 in a blowout win over the Canucks Thursday. Analysis: Jordie Benn now has three goals and 11 assists on the season. He's not a powerhouse, but he's been effective defensively for the Stars. If you're thinking about picking him up for the stretch run, it may be worth shopping around a bit.
News: Jason Demers had an assist and was a plus-2 in Thursday's win over the Penguins. Analysis: Jason Demers has been producing a surprising amount of offense for a player three years removed from a career high of 24 points. He's currently got three goals and 26 assists and has five assists over the last six games.
News: Keith Yandle picked up an assist on a power-play goal Thursday in a win over Montreal. It was his third in five games since the Coyotes resumed play after the Olympics. Analysis: Keith Yandle remains a steady contributor and one of the league's better offensive defensemen. The downside in leagues that count plus/minus is his minus-18 rating, but most owners will take it considering he has added 41 points thus far.
News: T.J. Galiardi (undisclosed) will play Friday against the Islanders, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. Analysis: T.J. Galiardi sat out the Flames' last game Wednesday, but he will return to action in place of Jiri Hudler, who will sit out Friday with an upper body injury.