Unfortunately for Benson, it looks like Phil Kessel won't be returning any time soon, although he may figure into the last game or two, but even that is uncertain at this point. That's a pretty big scoring gap to fill for Benson down the stretch, especially being so close to the money.
A quick Kyle Quincey update, he has reportedly undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, thus making him unavailable for the remainder of the regular season. Quincey has been one of the better Kings' defensemen during the year, since coming from Detroit, via the waiver wire.
The Canadiens may have beat the Blackhawks last night, but it looks like it came at a pretty steep price. Both Andrei Kostitsyn and Roman Hamrlik left the game with apparent upper body injuries, which have been speculated to be concussions. Of course, this hasn't been verified yet, but if it is as bad as it sounds, then this could mean some young talent will have to be used in Montreal going forward. This also hurts Marcus in the Draft, as he holds onto Hamrlik as one of his better point-getters from the blueline.
More bad news for Benson, as the Islanders may be looking at shutting Mark Streit down for the remaining week and a half of the season. Streit didn't make the trip to Washington for tonight's game, thanks in large part to a groin injury and now the team will be assessing their need for him down the stretch and whether or not a chance of aggravating the problem is a good idea. I have a feeling I know what the answer is already.
The Senators have now lost a couple of defensemen to knee injuries for the remainder of the season. Jason Smith, a Box 30 d-man, and Alex Picard, a non-pool d-man, are now done for the year in Ottawa with their respective knee injuries, but the Senators were eliminated last night from any playoff contention, so it shouldn't be any surprise that they shut both of them down anyways.
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