Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Notes From Tuesday Night

It was another night for Chris Chelios to figure into the line-up, which means that Box 14 defenseman, Brett Lebda, was taking another turn in the press box against the Coyotes. Lebda is the odd man out when it comes to Chelios' ice-time through the remainder of the season, it'll be a bit of a toss-up to see if Lebda will make the playoff pool sheet at all this Spring.

Two bits of news for the pool from Oilers camp, as Dustin Penner was made a healthy scratch for the game against the Canadiens on Tuesday and the game saw Sheldon Souray leave with a lower body injury as well. Penner, a Draft pick of Dennis', has been in the doghouse of late and the coaching staff had finally said 'enough' to his playing time, so they scratched him from the line-up. Souray, a Draft pick of Dale C.'s, left the game in the second period and didn't return for precautionary reasons. Souray's injury is not expected to keep him out of the line-up for very long.

An injury update on Brent Burns, a Grant Draft pick... Burns hasn't been suffering from the flu of late, rather some concussion-like symptoms have appeared and it will now keep the mobile defender out of the Wild line-up for at least the next three games, according to the team. The Wild are in the middle of a good playoff race and will be in tough without Burns in the line-up.

The Predators were without their number one goalie on Tuesday night against the Capitals. Pekka Rinne, a Peter Draft pick, was out of the line-up, thanks to a bout of the flu. Rinne had taken over the number one job earlier in the season and has been key to Nashville's recent success. His absence is thought to be short and should be back in net soon enough. The Predators also lost the services of Jason Arnott on Tuesday night, as he left the game with an undisclosed injury. An update will be provided, if the injury is going to be more serious.

The roster shuffle continued for the Coyotes on Tuesday night, as Daniel Winnik and Kyle Turris each were scratched from the line-up on Tuesday. Both Sheet players were casualties of the search for team chemistry down the stretch, as it looks like there are a few line combination experiments going on with the team, since the deadline. If neither player figure back into the line-up in a game in the near future, I would almost expect either or both players to be sent to the minors.

Finally, it looks like an upper body injury has been keeping Michael Nylander out of the Capitals line-up of late, instead of just being a healthy scratch. There have been reports saying that Nylander is still practicing with the club, but the injury is keeping him out of games. I don't know what to expect with Nylander at the moment.

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