Sounds like a bout of the flu kept Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron out of the line-up on Tuesday night, as they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs. It doesn't sound like anything major, but the Oilers likely could have used his help last night, as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the visiting team.
Stacey C. has Perron this year and also could have used him last night, as Stacey is not off to a roaring start this week, among the basement dwellers this week with only 2 points through two nights. Stacey is the projected to be the next team to hit triple figures, but needs a healthy team to do so.
Well, John-Michael Liles is on the Western road trip with the Maple Leafs, but since he hasn't been a regular part of their line-up last night, he is acting as the extra defenseman on the trip. On Tuesday in Edmonton, Liles was a healthy scratch and there is no real indication, thus far, that would suggest that he'll even figure into a game on the trip, barring injury.
Liles belongs to Brenda this season and her team is keeping pace with the leaders, even with Liles not featuring as a regular defenseman. Brenda finished up Tuesday night in 2nd place, so it isn't like she is missing him. If Liles was active, she may be in 1st place by now, but that's an argument for another time.
The Washington Capitals have found some extra cap space, as defenseman John Erskine has been placed on the Long Term Injured Reserve, which means they have enough space to call up defenseman Dimitri Orlov from the AHL. Orlov has been mired in the AHL since the end of training camp.
Pool leader, Chris M., will get a chance to fill in his last donut on the team, as Orlov should figure right into the line-up, as the Capitals take on the Flyers on Friday night. Chris already has above-average scoring from the blueline this year and now he gets the chance to improve upon that with Orlov being active.