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|2/24/2017||Sean Monahan, Cgy, C|
|Monahan scored his 20th goal of the season and 100th of his career Thursday.
Analysis: The only five active players to get to 100 career goals at a younger age than the 22-year, 134-day-old Monahan are Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane.
|2/24/2017||John Tavares, NYI, C|
|Tavares had a goal and an assist and the Islanders beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night.
Analysis: The captain has scored in three straight games after going eight in a row without one, and the Islanders are making their playoff push.
|2/24/2017||Thomas Greiss, NYI, G|
|Greiss had stopped 24 shots for his third shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night.
Analysis: Greiss had just an .884 save percentage in eight February starts prior to this impressive performance.
|2/24/2017||Frederik Andersen, Tor, G|
|Andersen had a stellar performance in defeat with 37 saves as the Leafs fell to the Rangers 2-1 in a shootout Thursday.
Analysis: Struggling in the new year and coming off an especially rough start (and win) against Winnipeg on Tuesday, Andersen was locked in early. ''This is how I want to be playing,'' Andersen said. ''I know I can play like this.'' Andersen had an atrocious .878 save percentage over his last nine starts before Thursday.
|2/24/2017||Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, G|
|Lundqvist made 32 saves and the New York Rangers walked away with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Analysis: It hasn't been a great season for Lundqvist, but it's been a great February. He's 7-1-1 with a .943 save percentage in nine starts this month.
|2/24/2017||Morgan Rielly, Tor, D|
|On Thursday, the Leafs had a scare late in the first when Rielly showed some discomfort after defending a rush.
Analysis: Rielly exited for the dressing room just before the period was through, but returned for the second and totaled almost 25 minutes.
|2/23/2017||Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chi, D|
|Hjalmarsson left after skating five shifts in the first period Thursday.
Analysis: After the game, coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson had suffered an upper-body injury earlier in the day. He will be re-evaluated.
|2/23/2017||Kevin Klein, NYR, D|
|Klein is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: He has just two points in his last eight games.
|2/23/2017||Brooks Orpik, Was, D|
|Orpik is questionable for Friday's game with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Orpik has 12 assists and no goals this season.
|2/23/2017||Bryan Bickell, Car, LW|
|The Hurricanes placed Bryan Bickell on waivers Thursday as the veteran forward prepares for perhaps the next step of his comeback from multiple sclerosis.
Analysis: Should Bickell clear waivers at noon ET on Friday, the 30-year-old can be assigned to Charlotte of the American Hockey League. The Checkers open a six-game homestand with contests on both Friday and Saturday nights.
|2/23/2017||Kris Letang, Pit, D|
|Letang is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Letang has been dealing with injuries all season as he's only played in 41 games. The Penguins as a whole have been hit with major injuries.
|2/23/2017||Ron Hainsey, Pit, D|
|The Penguins acquired Hainsey from the Hurricanes on Thursday for a second-round pick in 2017 and journeyman forward Danny Kristo.
Analysis: Giving up a second-rounder seems like a lot for a player with only 14 points, but the Penguins were desperate for a body after announcing Trevor Daley would miss six weeks. Hainsey is big and is a decent puck-mover.
|2/23/2017||Andrej Sekera, Edm, D|
|Sekera left Wednesday's win over the Panthers after blocking a shot and didn't return.
Analysis: Sekera hasn't produced a point in his last nine games but does have 25 so far this season.
|2/23/2017||Matt Niskanen, Was, D|
|Niskanen left Wednesday's win over the Flyers with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: With four goals and 28 assists this season, any significant missed time would be a big loss for the Caps.
|2/23/2017||Jonathan Drouin, TB, LW|
|Drouin has been battling a flu bug and was not in the lineup Thursday.
Analysis: The winger is fourth on the Lightning with 36 points this season.
|2/23/2017||Nick Ritchie, Anh, LW|
|Ritchie had two assists Wednesday.
Analysis: He has four assists in three games.
|2/23/2017||Corey Perry, Anh, RW|
|Perry had two assists Wednesday.
Analysis: He had one point in his previous five games.
|2/23/2017||Ondrej Kase, Anh, RW|
|Kase had a goal with an assist Wednesday.
Analysis: This snapped an 11-game point drought for Kase.
|2/23/2017||Frank Vatrano, Bos, C|
|Vatrano had a goal with an assist Wednesday.
Analysis: He has three goals and six points over a four-game stretch.
|2/23/2017||David Backes, Bos, RW|
|Backes had two assists Wednesday.
Analysis: He has five assists over a five-game stretch.
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