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|3/24/2017||Connor McDavid, Edm, C|
|McDavid didn't score any of Edmonton's seven goals in Thursday's win at Colorado but did assist on two of them.
Analysis: McDavid upped his league-leading totals to 61 assists and 87 points, six ahead of Sidney Crosby in the scoring race. Twelve of McDavid's points have come in his last six games.
|3/24/2017||Leon Draisaitl, Edm, C|
|Draisaitl finished with a goal, an assist and two penalty minutes Thursday.
Analysis: It was the sixth consecutive two-point game for Draisaitl, who has climbed to 10th in the NHL with 69 points.
|3/24/2017||Colton Sissons, Nsh, C|
|Called upon to play a bigger role, Sissons did not disappoint. Sissons scored a goal to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Predators captain Mike Fisher missed the game with a lower-body injury, so Sissons moved up to center Nashville's second line between Wilson and Smith. Sissons was a healthy scratch for seven games between Feb. 23 and March 7, but has been back in the lineup for the last seven.
|3/24/2017||Jordan Eberle, Edm, RW|
|Eberle scored twice in Edmonton's five-goal third period and also added an assist in Thursday's win over Colorado.
Analysis: Eberle had failed to record a point in his previous three games and didn't have a goal in his previous eight. He's now up to 45 points in what has mostly been a disappointing season.
|3/24/2017||Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G|
|Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Rinne has won three consecutive starts, allowing just one goal against in each of the last two.
|3/24/2017||Henrik Sedin, Van, C|
|On Thursday, Sedin scored the only goal for the Canucks who have lost seven of their last eight to fall to 11-22-3 on the road.
Analysis: Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver when he scored his 15th of the season. Sedin now has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his last 16 games.
|3/24/2017||Jake Allen, StL, G|
|Allen made 27 saves on Thursday for his seventh win in eight starts while allowing just nine goals in the stretch.
Analysis: Allen has posted a 1.26 goals-against average during his 7-1-0 stretch.
|3/24/2017||Magnus Paajarvi, StL, LW|
|Paajarvi scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. St. Louis has won 14 of 20 since Feb. 7 after Paajarvi was recalled from Chicago of the AHL.
Analysis: Paajarvi added some insurance when he scored his second of the game and eighth of the season midway through the third period. That gave him the second multi-goal game of his career and first since Feb. 5, 2011, with Edmonton.
|3/24/2017||Corey Crawford, Chi, G|
|Crawford matched a season high with 42 saves, then stopped two of Dallas' three shootout attempts as Chicago won 3-2 on Thursday.
Analysis: Crawford impressively bounced back after being pulled in the third period two nights earlier against Vancouver. He seems to have a favorable matchup Saturday in Florida if he's back in Chicago's net. Crawford is 6-0 with a 1.07 GAA in his last seven starts against the lowly Panthers.
|3/24/2017||Kari Lehtonen, Dal, G|
|Lehtonen made 24 saves through overtime before allowing Chicago to score on two of its three shootout attempts as the Stars lost 3-2 on Thursday.
Analysis: Lehtonen has a 1.73 GAA in his last four starts, including three on the road. Dallas begins a five-game trip Sunday in New Jersey, a place where he has a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in six career starts.
|3/24/2017||Ales Hemsky, Dal, RW|
|Hemsky scored both of the Stars' goals in regulation but missed on his shootout attempt in Thursday's loss at Chicago.
Analysis: It was Hemsky's first two-goal game in nearly two years. He has five points in the last seven games, looking good fairly early into his return from hip surgery.
|3/24/2017||Jamie Benn, Dal, LW|
|Benn assisted on both of the Stars' goals in regulation but failed to score on his shootout attempt in Thursday's 3-2 loss at Chicago.
Analysis: Benn had gone a season-high five straight games without a point. He's still second on the Stars with 62 points.
|3/24/2017||Marian Hossa, Chi, RW|
|Hossa scored his 24th goal of the season Thursday.
Analysis: Hossa has scored in both games he's played since missing a pair with a lower-body injury.
|3/24/2017||Patrick Kane, Chi, RW|
|Kane scored on the power play and in the shootout of Thursday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
Analysis: Kane recorded his 33rd goal, his second-most in any season other than the 46 he had last season. Eighteen of those goals have come in 22 games since the start of February.
|3/24/2017||Dustin Byfuglien, Wpg, D|
|Byfuglien is out for Friday's game at Anaheim due to an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Byfuglien, who is second on the team with 178 hits and leads Jets defensemen with 48 points, left Thursday's loss to the Kings in the third period.
|3/24/2017||James Reimer, Fla, G|
|Reimer made 22 saves and the Panthers beat the Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday.
Analysis: Reimer allowed one goal for the first time since March 2, going 2-6-0 with a 3.31 GAA in his eight starts since then. The Panthers host the Blackhawks on Saturday, and Reimer has a 4.70 GAA in losing his last three starts against them.
|3/24/2017||Aleksander Barkov, Fla, C|
|Barkov had an assist as the Panthers beat the Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday night.
Analysis: In his last eight games, Barkov has four goals and five assists. He has 28 assists on the season - three shy of his career high set last year.
|3/24/2017||Thomas Vanek, Fla, LW|
|Vanek had an assist as the Panthers beat the Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Vanek now has seven assists in his last six games after notching just one goal in his first five contests with the Panthers.
|3/24/2017||Jonathan Marchessault, Fla, C|
|Marchessault scored two goals in 26 seconds to lift the Panthers over the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Thursday marked the second two-goal game in the last six contests for Marchessault, who has scored 18 of his season's 25 goals at home. The Panthers host the Blackhawks on Saturday before embarking on a four-game trip.
|3/24/2017||Tyler Bozak, Tor, C|
|Bozak had an assist as the Maple Leafs topped the Devils 4-2 on Thursday night for their seventh win in nine games.
Analysis: Bozak has three goals and eight assists in 11 games this month and has established a career high with 50 points.
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