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Hampus Lindholm recorded a power-play goal and seven shots Thursday against the Avalanche.

Impact

Lindholm was also on the ice for his team's only other goal as he finished with a plus-1 rating in the 2-1 win. He has just seven points this season after picking up at least 28 in each of his first three professional campaigns, but maybe this performance on the day before his 23rd birthday will get the young blueliner going.

John Gibson held the Avalanche to one goal on 22 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win.

Impact

Gibson wasn't pushed very hard in a game that saw his team out-shoot the opposition 36-22. He has lost just one of his past 14 starts in regulation while allowing a mere 23 goals in that span. Needless to say, the 23-year-old has adjusted quite well to playing a full starter's workload for the first time.

Calvin Pickard stopped 34 of 36 shots in Thursday's tough-luck 2-1 loss to Anaheim.

Impact

Pickard had sat in three consecutive games coming in, but will serve as the starter through at least the All-Star Break with Semyon Varlamov (groin) once again on the mend. While he flailed in that role earlier this season, the 24-year-old did much better here despite the result. He kept the game scoreless through one while the team in front of him was out-shot 22-3, but ultimately couldn't prevent yet another defeat for the last-place Avalanche.

Aaron Dell stopped 24 of 25 shots Thursday to beat the Lightning 2-1.

Impact

Dell won the battle of the backups against Andrei Vasilevskiy. The little-used netminder has been excellent when called upon with a 5-2-0 record, 1.84 GAA and .933 save percentage. Still, the 27-year-old is no threat to Martin Jones' starting job.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was beaten twice on 24 shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to San Jose.

Impact

Vasilevskiy has played much better in two games since Ben Bishop's return from a lower body injury, but he still hasn't won any of his past six starts. The 22-year-old Russian has fallen below .500 at 10-11-2, and owns a disappointing 2.90 GAA and .906 save percentage. Bishop is clearly still the main man in Tampa Bay when healthy.

Viktor Arvidsson dished out two helpers Thursday in Calgary.

Impact

Arvidsson had gone without a point since Jan. 5, so it was nice to see him break out here. His first assist came on the power play, giving the 23-year-old Swede four power-play points to go with four short-handed ones. Arvidsson has quickly matured into a fabulous two-way asset with 27 points and a plus-10 rating in 43 appearances.

Juuse Saros stopped 32 of 35 shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Flames.

Impact

Saros did just enough to prevent a furious Flames comeback from erasing a 4-0 third-period lead. He was far busier than counterpart Chad Johnson throughout the night, as Calgary held a 35-21 advantage in shots. The 21-year-old's 1.44 GAA and .952 save percentage would be leading the league if he had played enough games to qualify.

Chad Johnson made just 17 saves in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Predators.

Impact

Johnson had held opponents to two or fewer goals in five consecutive appearances coming in, but allowed four here despite his team holding a 35-21 advantage in shots. With Brian Elliott playing better of late himself, any slip in form could cost Johnson some playing time. Still, Johnson's 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage both compare favorably to Elliott's 2.85 and .893 marks, respectively.

Sean Monahan finished with a goal, an assist and six shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Predators.

Impact

While Monahan's efforts fell just short of erasing a 4-0 third-period deficit, he did stretch his goal-scoring streak to four games. The 22-year-old has also attempted at least four shots on goal in five consecutive contests after reaching that mark just twice in the previous 12. Monahan will have to pick up the pace if he wants to top 60 points for a third consecutive season, but surpassing 20 goals for the fourth time in four professional campaigns shouldn't be a problem.

Ryan Ellis scored twice Thursday in Calgary.

Impact

Both of Ellis' goals came in the second period, and his second tally was also his first power-play goal of the season. The 26-year-old blueliner also skated a game-high 27:54 in the 4-3 win, proving himself more than capable of stepping up in the absence of P.K. Subban (upper body) and Roman Josi (undisclosed). Ellis is now just three goals and two power-play points shy of his 2015-16 career highs.

Jason Pominville dished out three helpers in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

Impact

Two of his three assists came on the power play, where Pominville will have to do most of his damage moving forward given his fourth-line role at even strength. He still has a minus-2 rating despite playing for one of the league's best even strength teams, and is in danger of having his point total drop for the third consecutive season.

Louis Domingue allowed four goals on 25 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Wild.

Impact

Domingue came in 2-7-1 with a 4.17 GAA and .873 save percentage on the road, and played right in line with those numbers here. While he has been much better at home of late, it's still tough to trust Domingue in any situation given how overmatched the team in front of him is on most nights.

Shane Doan dished out two helpers Thursday in Minnesota.

Impact

This was an excellent showing for the 40-year-old veteran against Vezina Trophy frontrunner Devan Dubnyk. Unfortunately, strong performances have been few and far between for Doan this season, as this was the 13-time 20-goal scorer's first multi-point effort in 45 tries.

Nino Niederreiter scored two power-play goals and added an assist in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

Impact

Two of Niederreiter's points came in the first period, as he assisted on linemate Eric Staal's goal before potting his fifth power-play tally of the season and second in three games. He came up big once again in the third, breaking a 3-3 tie with 7:06 to play. The 24-year-old forward has attempted 14 shots during his current three-game point streak and is easily on pace to reach the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive campaign. His previous career high of 43 points won't be difficult to top if Niederreiter continues to skate on the top line with Staal and Charlie Coyle.

Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

Impact

Dubnyk had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Devils on Tuesday, but the league's GAA and save percentage leader was able to rebound against the least productive offense in the NHL. Still, it was surprising to see him give up a total of seven goals to a pair of bottom-three offenses over the past two games. Despite coming up short of 25 saves in six of his past eight appearances, Dubnyk remains an elite option.

Andrew O'Brien was dealt to the Predators in exchange for Max Gortz on Thursday.

Impact

Neither winger have made their NHL debut, so time will tell what the trade means for the two big clubs. For now, the teams' AHL clubs will have new faces. With two assists in 10 games with AHL San Diego, O'Brien may not be a high scorer, but perhaps a change of scenery will to him good.

Max Gortz was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Andrew O'Brien on Thursday.

Impact

The two teams swapped minor league wingers, but both have been speculated to see some NHL time in the near future. With four points in 31 games for AHL Milwaukee, Gortz isn't a scoring threat, and wouldn't be expected to be one if called up.

Jonathan Quick (groin) remains sidelined and without a firm timetable for a return, LA Kings Insider reports.

Impact

Quick was expected to be sidelined until March when the Kings provided an update in mid-December and that timetable certainly still appears to be in play as the end of January approaches. Peter Budaj will continue to see the bulk of the action between the pipes in LA.

Alec Martinez has recorded six assists in his last nine games.

Impact

His goal production has slowed as he has just one goal since Thanksgiving and hasn't done much damage with the man advantage either with just three assists in the same stretch. He's no longer on the team's top power play unit but sees enough time on the second unit to expect an uptick in production and appears poised to eclipse last year's career-high of 31 points with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 45 games this year.

Joel Vermin (undisclosed) will play in Thursday's game in San Jose.

Impact

The winger hasn't played yet since being called up on Sunday, so it's unclear what to expect from him this time up. With two points in his first game, and then no scoring in his next seven, it would be safe to assume he will be a low impact player against the Sharks, who allow the fourth fewest goals per game in the league with 2.31.