Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday Night's Omissions

In Carolina, they are close to getting Dennis Seidenberg back into their line-up after he missed a few games with a lower body injury. Seidenberg, a Draft pick of Dale C.'s and a popular pick in Box 30, was getting off to a good offensive start before his injury, having 13 points in 24 games for the Hurricanes this season. In the box he's in and being a last round pick, he's doing pretty well. Seidenberg should be ready to go on Saturday, which is just in time, as the Hurricanes need more help defensively, after giving up a 4-goal lead in the third to Philadelphia last night.

In the Kings' contest on Tuesday against the Avalanche, Derek Armstrong took an errant puck to the face and had to leave the game. On Thursday night, Armstrong didn't dress for the game against the Blues because of his upper body injury. Armstrong has been a regular healthy scratch for the Kings, as his production is fairly low this season. In 18 games for Los Angeles, Armstrong has only tallied a goal and an assist. His fantasy value is quite low.

The Canadiens are now desperately running into injury troubles, just before the holiday break. Going into the game, the team had already lost Mathieu Dandenault to a broken arm and Christopher Higgins to an upper body injury. Dandenault will be out indefinitely with his injury, while Higgins will be out for about a week, but a better idea will likely be known today after an MRI. Then you can tack on an injury to their captain, Saku Koivu, who didn't return to the bench in the third period against the Lightning, after he suffered a lower body injury. Koivu will be re-evaluated on Friday and the team will learn the extent of his injury then. Stay tuned!

After taking a crushing hit from Canucks defenseman Rob Davison on Tuesday night, Predators forward Scott Nichol has been listed as out day-to-day with an upper body injury. There was no actual extent to the injury listed, but there is a good chance that he has suffered a concussion in the process, which will keep the Box 8 forward out of the line-up for at least a week.

Finally, the Lightning found their winning ways again, snapping a huge 9-game losing streak by beating the Canadiens. Not featuring in the line-up for the Bolts was Box 28 defenseman, Mike Lundin, who was left in the press box for the game as a healthy scratch. Lundin is becoming a frequent visitor to the press box with the new coaching staff in place. This could be a developing pattern or a sign that Lundin could be on the move.

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