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: Alex Burrows still hasn't scored a goal in 33 games this season. Analysis: This is just ridiculous, especially considering the fact Burrrows has scored 25 goals or more in his last four full-seasons. He only has five points in 33 games this season, to go with a brutal minus-14 rating. Avoid Alex Burrows right now, as the Canucks are struggling to score, and have lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Kevin Bieksa ended a five-game scoring drought on Thursday, picking up an assist in a 6-1 loss to Dallas. Analysis: With Thursday's defeat to Dallas, the Canucks have now lost 11 of their last 12 games. "If this isn't rock bottom, I don't know what is," said Kevin Bieksa. Vancouver's offense has gone ice cold, and Bieksa has been no exception, tallying only four points in his last 15 games. In a horrific year for the Canucks, Bieksa has managed to be a decent fantasy contributor, recording four goals and 20 points in 60 games, to go with a plus-1 rating.
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.