Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Injury Updates (Sep 23)

Fringe draft-worthy forward Devin Setoguchi suffered a lower-body injury, presumably in Sunday night's preseason opener against the Edmonton Oilers and is now considered to be day-to-day. Setoguchi was an unrestricted free agent signing in the off-season and scored 27 points in 75 games for the Jets last season.  I currently have him projected at 25 points for the 2015 season and I don't think a minor injury in training camp is going to affect that number, yet.

It sounds like there will be a few days off for veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar, as he sits with an ear laceration.  There were no details about how the injury occurred, so that's anyone's guess... puck?  Stick?  Punch?  Nevertheless, the Twitter reports are saying that he is going to sit for a few days, so that will keep him out of some preseason action and some practices, but I don't think that will be a big issue for the 40-year old.

The Detroit Red Wings didn't have much luck in Pittsburgh on Monday night, as Pavel Datsyuk was lost to an apparent shoulder injury and Darren Helm suffered a broken nose. Neither player was on the ice on Tuesday morning with the club, but there wasn't an immediate word on how much time they may miss.  I have Datsyuk poised to have a big year in my projections, assuming that he stays healthy, while Helm is more of a fringe player, who could benefit, if injuries were to mount again in Detroit.

Training camp for Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin has come to an abrupt end, as his upper-body injury has been diagnosed as a fractured thumb and the team expects him to miss the next 3-to-4 weeks with the injury.  With the regular season kicking off in two weeks, Drouin is now expected to miss the first week or two of the season, assuming that his spot is a lock on the team.  This will provide quite the quandary for us poolies, as his fate may not be decided in time for the draft on Saturday.

Another fringe injury, this time in Nashville, as Viktor Stalberg, who I have projected for 25 points, left practice on Monday with a lower-body injury.  There are no more details, other than he couldn't put any weight on his right leg and he was helped off the ice.  He will be listed as out day-to-day with a lower-body injury, if you had any inkling that he could have been a reasonable sleeper.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Last Night's Preseason Performers (Sep 23)

The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators enjoyed some split squad action early on Monday, starting in the early afternoon in Newfoundland.  The two teams played a couple games at the Mile One Centre in St. John's, with the Islanders taking both games by the same score, 3-2... although the second game ended in a shootout.

In the early game, it was the Islanders' Brock Nelson who came out on top for the blog, picking up a goal and an assist, being the only one in the game picking up multiple points.

In the afternoon tilt, Mikhail Grabovski, an off-season signing for the Islanders, also picked up a goal and an assist for a mention in this post.

The Philadelphia Flyers sent a couple of split squads out into the wild on Monday and the first one took on the Capitals at home in the Wells Fargo Center, coming away with a 5-4 win.

For the losing side, the Capitals saw both Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr picking up a goal and an assist.

On the winning side, defenseman Mark Streit had the best outing to date, scoring a goal and adding a trio of assists for a 4-point night.  Jakub Voracek wasn't too too far behind with a goal and 2 assists, while Blair Jones had a couple of assists and Andrew Gordon went one and one.

At MSG, the Devils came through the turnpike to take on the Rangers and came away victorious.

Michael Ryder was the big Devils player, scoring 2 goals and an assist to lead the way, while Adam Henrique, Eric Gelinas and Reid Boucher each had a goal and an assist each.

One notable player on the home side, J.T. Miller had a pair of assists.

In the second game for the Philadelphia Flyers on the night, they blew a 2nd period 2-0 lead to the Toronto Maple Leafs and lost the game, 3-2 in the shootout.  The game was in London, Ontario and the hometown Leafs didn't disappoint in the end, thanks to a goal and an assist from Nazem Kadri.

Prospect forward Nick Cousins had a pair of assists for the Flyers, earning a nod on the blog this morning.

The Detroit Red Wings opened their preseason with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the steel city and it was Pavel Datsyuk who led the way, picking up a goal and an assist of his own.  Datsyuk's night didn't last too long, leaving the game with an injury, which we'll have a look at shortly.

Andrew Ladd opened his preseason account with a couple of assists in Winnipeg's preseason opener, home to the Minnesota Wild, in a 2-1 win.  The Jets will be leaning heavily on their captain this year, as they try and make it into the playoffs for the first time, since their arrival in Manitoba.

In Dallas, there were a few more goals than a few of these games, with the Stars defeating the visiting Blues, 4-3.  Unfortunately, for this post's purposes, there were not very many multiple-point players in the game, as St. Louis' Patrik Berglund had a goal and an assist in the loss.

Two powerhouse Western Conference teams in the 2014 season opened up their preseason schedules with split squad games in each other's buildings and it was the Anaheim Ducks who were flexing their muscle on Monday night, winning both games, 5-2 in Denver and 4-0 at home.

On the road, the Ducks were led by Brad Winchester, who scored a pair of goals, while former Habs prospect Louis Leblanc had a pair of assists.  For the losing side, Andrew Agozzino had a pair of assists on the only two goals the Avs would score on the night.

Back at the pond, Fredrik Andersen put a stamp on his passport to the number one job with a 27-save shutout in a full game's worth of action.  Defenseman Ben Lovejoy had a goal and an assist in the home game, while Ryan Getzlaf also had his name added, picking up a pair of assists.

Finally, there was an all-Pacific Division split squad outing as well, as the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings went head-to-head.  In this match-up, both games went to the shootout and in each result, the home team came away victorious.

In Glendale, it was a 5-4 win for the Coyotes and it was a big night for a trio, as Martin Hanzal and rookies Henrik Samuelsson & Max Domi all had 3 points.  Hanzal had a pair of goals, while Samuelsson had a goal as well, while Domi had all helpers.  Coyotes number one Mike Smith made 29 saves for the win.  On the losing side, Tanner Pearson kept it close with 3 points as well, while Mike Richards, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter all had 2 points.

At the Staples Center, the Kings took their home game, 4-3 in the skills competition, and it was Marian Gaborik leading the way with a pair of goals.  Anze Kopitar wasn't going to be left behind, picking up a pair of assists as well.  For Arizona, a couple rookies made the blog, as Justin Hodgman had a goal and an assist in LA and Lucas Lessio had a pair of assists to help his cause for a roster spot as well.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Injury Updates (Sep 22)

An injury concern from Sunday's scrimmage for the Ottawa Senators, as scoring forward Bobby Ryan left the exercise in the 2nd period with an undisclosed injury and was held out of the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.  In the afternoon, it was revealed that Ryan did get hit pretty hard and had his bell rung, but the team is saying that there are no concussion symptoms to be had, but the team likely won't risk him in any early preseason action.

Word from the Columbus camp is that forward Boone Jenner left the evening game against the St. Louis Blues with some undisclosed tightness, leaving the game for precautionary reasons. Jenner is tipped to be the guy to make up for the unsigned loss of Ryan Johansen to start the year, to which there could be a good projection increase, if that is the case. This early into the preseason won't adjust the projections, but by next weekend, draft weekend, the tune might change a little bit.

On Monday morning, it was reported that Lars Eller was not on the ice for the second straight day and has joined the injured list for the Montreal Canadiens.  There are some reports of a lower-body injury on Twitter, but all reports are pretty vague.  Eller had 26 points in 77 games for the Canadiens last season and is more of a fringe player, by my projections, so I wouldn't be getting too excited about whether or not he'll be ready to go for draft day.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Last Night's Preseason Performers (Sep 22)

The preseason kicked off on Sunday with an afternoon tilt between the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes, with a Columbus split squad earning the opener, 4-3.  Notable players in this one, and by notable, I mean multiple point players, were Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu each picked up a couple of points each for the visiting Jackets, while Jeff Skinner had a pair of assists.

It was a full game for Jackets prospect goaltender, Anton Forsberg, so he will also get a nod in the blog post.  The 21-year old keeper made 29 saves for the win.

The Sabres and Capitals kicked off their preseason schedule later in the afternoon and it doesn't appear that anything fantastic happened in this one.  It was a 1-0 win for the Capitals, which doesn't help the notable players, not to mention that the goaltending duties were split, so there isn't even a mention there.  I guess we're moving on.

The second half of the Columbus split squad hosted the St. Louis Blues preseason squad on Sunday night and also came away with a win.  Boone Jenner came away with a goal and an assist and Dalton Prout had a pair of assists in the 4-3 overtime decision, boosting the Jackets preseason record to 2-0-0, before most teams even thought about icing a team.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the visiting team, while prospect defender Thomas Vannelli had a pair of assists in the loss.

The Battle of Alberta was alive and well to start the NHL preseason schedule, as they both put split squads in each other's city for a pair of games on Sunday night.  Each team kept most of their best players for their home crowds and each team recorded a home win in the process.

In Edmonton, Justin Schultz led the way for the Oilers in their 3-1 victory, picking up a goal and an assist.

In Calgary, it was only a 1-0 game and the goaltending duties were split by the Flames, so there are no mentions to be had there.

On Monday, preseason action gets underway early and happens often. I'm not too sure if the blog posts will be close to the same, but we'll see.  I do want to keep an eye on all the multiple-point players in the preseason, possibly offering up some insight on them going forward.

Boy, I'm so glad that hockey's back.