Here's a question for you? With all the hype that surrounded Johnny Boychuk in the playoffs last year, thanks to a pretty good showing overall, did you make the move to pick him up in the sheet pool this year? If you did, you may have noticed that he is nowhere near the kind of production we saw in the playoffs, which would have made him a poor pick in Box 28, some 36 points behind the box leader. Boychuk was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night for the Bruins, for the first time this season, I might add. He should be back in the Bruins' line-up for their next game, Thursday on Long Island.
As far as I can tell, Jaroslav Spacek, another Box 28 defenseman, was made into a healthy scratch on Tuesday night, as the Canadiens took on the Sabres. Spacek also hasn't been very good on the offensive side of his game this season, managing only 16 points for the Canadiens, even with some extra time on the ice, due to some key injuries. I would wager that this was a night off for Spacek and that he should be back for the Heritage Classic primer in Edmonton on Thursday.
In Nashville, the Predators welcomed both Marek Svatos and Marcel Goc back to their line-up from injuries and it was somewhat of a surprise name coming out of the line-up, as J-P Dumont was made into a healthy scratch to make way for the healthy bodies. Dumont, only a selection sheet player this year, has not been popular among poolies or his team's coaching staff, thanks to some pretty poor production. The Box 2 forward in 14th in his box in scoring, with only a player that has only mustered 20 games trailing him. It's hard to judge whether or not Dumont will make a return to the line-up anytime soon, not with healthy bodies needing a chance to play.
Box 30 defenseman Chris Campoli left Tuesday night's contest against the Islanders with a lower-body injury and did not return to the game. There was no immediate word as to his condition or what the injury actually was, but if there is something major to consider, it will likely be posted on the blog sooner or later.
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