Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sheet Player News (Mar. 27)

On Monday, the Anaheim Ducks decided to send down Box 9 forward Kyle Palmieri, giving him the opportunity to make sure he gets some playoff time with the Syracuse Crunch, the team's AHL affiliate.  The Crunch are on the cusp of the playoffs down at the AHL level and Palmieri is eligible to play for the minor-league team, so instead of getting his licks in with a fading NHL team, he could help the minor team succeed down their stretch and that should help his development some.

The Calgary Flames are finally healthy again, with a full compliment of forwards at their disposal, which means that even some of the regular players have to sit.  On Monday night, that was Box 9 forward Lance Bouma who got the assignment of the press box for the game against the Dallas Stars.  There is no indication of any rotations in their line-up, as they press for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.  With the win at home to Dallas, I would imagine that the line-up will remain the same for their game against the Kings on Wednesday.

The Colorado Avalanche are also getting healthy, as the defense had Erik Johnson back after a couple games away with back spasms. Heading to the press box was Box 14 defenseman Tyson Barrie, who headed up to the press box again.  Barrie was a mid-season call-up, but has been used sparingly in his time up with the club, only appearing in seven games, as of this point in the season.  Barrie is likely thought of more as an insurance policy for injuries on the team, but since he hasn't had much traction offensively, he likely won't figure into the line-up otherwise.

An ankle injury cost Dallas Stars Box 7 forward Radek Dvorak the game against the Flames, as they tried to keep a grasp on their Pacific Division lead, which they had going into the evening's worth of action.  Dvorak is considered to be out day-to-day right now, but the ankle is a very sensitive area and should be taken very cautiously.  Dvorak is not a part of the playoff pool, so you won't be looking to include him in your playoff pool selection sheet, assuming the Stars are going to make it into the Spring Dance.

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