Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Sheet Player News (Apr. 4)

The Anaheim Ducks were without Box 12 defenseman Toni Lydman on Tuesday night, due to an upper-body injury. There were no readily available details on the injury, but he is listed as out day-to-day at the moment, but since the season is ending on Saturday night for the Ducks, there really isn't too much going forward that needs to be said.  Lydman has 13 assists in 72 games this season for the Ducks, which is far from good enough to be a popular player in the sheet pool this year.

The Bruins are trying to manage their line-up through the last few games of the regular season and they were able to give an NHL debut to Torey Krug, thanks to the flu bug that got the best of Box 25 forward Jordan Caron.  Caron has not been a very productive member for the Bruins this season, so he was kept from being selected on the selection sheet this season.  In 46 games played, Caron has 7 goals and 7 assists.  Caron has split the regular season between the NHL and AHL all season and he has been a scratch for good portions of the season as well.  If Krug can get any more time on the ice with the club, he might be the team's Box 25 representation next season.

The Sabres are in the midst of the best playoff race battle in the league, for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which means that they are going to try to put the roster out there that gives them the best chance to win and on Tuesday night, it looks like Brad Boyes was not a part of that plan.  It appears that Boyes was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night, as the Sabres scratched out a 6-5 overtime win against the Leafs.  The Sabres have kept pace with the Capitals down this stretch, but they need some help, if they are going to make the playoffs this year.

The Dallas Stars are fading in the Western Conference playoff race, taking a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday night and scratching Box 14 defenseman Adam Pardy did not help their cause out very much in the process. Pardy, who has been a healthy scratch on more than a few occasions, returned to the press box, but that didn't give Dallas a defensive edge, giving up a handful to a Sharks team that has likely awoken from their mid-season slumber.  Pardy has drawn into 35 games this year, picking up 3 assists.

Well, I haven't seen an injury report for Jordin Tootoo, but he did just return from an upper-body injury on the weekend, so there is a very good chance that he may have aggravated that injury or the team was taking the option of scratching the rugged forward to keep him from aggravating the injury by sending him up to the press box for the evening. Either way, the Predators did not have Tootoo in the line-up and I would imagine that he would be considered day-to-day with either option.  Tootoo is an option on the playoff pool sheet this year and if you like the Predators at least making the second round of the playoffs, he could be a viable option for you.

A couple of injury notes from the New Jersey Devils, as Box 19 forward on the playoff pool sheet, David Clarkson, was held out of the game against the Islanders on Tuesday night with a lower-body injury.  Clarkson suffered the injury on the weekend and it looks like all measures will be precautionary for him, as the Devils have made the playoffs and will likely give their opponent in the first round a pretty good go of it.  The other injury note belongs to Jacob Josefson, who suffered a fractured wrist on Tuesday night and he is now expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with the injury.  Josefson was not a popular player on the selection sheet and he was held off of the playoff pool sheet and now if you're looking to add him in another pool that you are in, I would advise against that.

The Penguins lost their Box 22 playoff pool defenseman Matt Niskanen to an undisclosed injury on Tuesday night after taking a hit from Daniel Paille.  There has been no updates or details on his condition this morning, so if you're picking Niskanen in the playoff pool, you may want to hold off for another day or two here.  In 75 regular season games, Niskanen has 4 goals and 17 assists, which are not great numbers, but they are good enough to get an inclusion on the sheet for the Spring Dance.

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