Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Draft Player Scratches (Feb 23)

On Tuesday night against the Flyers, Coyotes veteran forward Ray Whitney did not dress because of a lower-body injury, which he had reportedly suffered over the weekend, Saturday's game against Nashville, to be exact.  There is no official word to the severity of the injury, nor a timetable for a return, but at this point of the season, some time off could be good, just for resting purposes.

Of course, resting purposes are not going to help Wayne H., who has Whitney in the draft this year, as he sits in 8th place after Tuesday's action, 23 points out of the last money spot in the standings.  Wayne also sits in 17th in the third segment standings, already 31 points out of the top spot.

The Washington Capitals are likely going to play wait-and-see with centre Nicklas Backstrom, who suffered a fractured finger in Monday's game against the Penguins, thanks to a slash from Kristopher Letang.  Tests did show that Backstrom suffered a fracture, but it didn't sound like the pain was too bad and Backstrom could be back sooner, rather than later.  He's actually listed as out day-to-day, likely just waiting for him to comfortably grip his stick.

Since the Capitals don't play again until Friday night, the impact of this injury isn't going to be as severe as a steady stream of games leading up to the weekend, which is good news for Peter H., since we're dealing with the 3rd overall pick in the draft here.  Peter finished up Tuesday in 11th place in the overall standings, 10 points out of 10th and in a tie for 13th in the third segment, 27 points out of 1st place.

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