I didn't do much yesterday morning, so I thought I would do a little bit of catch-up, while the NHL is on its holiday break. Games don't get back underway until Saturday night and we might see a post on Saturday morning, if news comes out in the pregame skates.
On Monday night, the Calgary Flames were without one of their young kids in the lineup, as Josh Jooris was held out of the game against the Kings with a couple of different injuries, one upper and lower, by some reports. Jooris has been playing through some injury problems lately, so it would seem more than likely that he will be back for the return of play on Saturday night.
Jooris was a Waiver Draft pick-up for Wyllie this season, but he has only picked up 1 assist in seven games played since the start of Week Ten.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are still in the middle of a mumps breakout and the latest pool casualty was forward Brandon Sutter, who missed the last two games before the break, as he was quarantined with a couple of teammates. If the results come back negative, Sutter could be out for a couple of weeks.
Sutter belongs to Stacey C. this season and Stacey is likely hoping for a negative test result. Stacey's team is climbing the ladder, having moved up to 16th place since a rough start to the season.
Not sure if this was a scheduled start missed or not, but Niklas Backstrom was held out of the lineup against the Capitals with an illness of some sort. The Wild had to call up John Curry on an emergency basis to back-up Darcy Kumper. If the illness is just a slight flu bug, it should mean that Backstrom should be good for a return on the weekend.
Of late, Backstrom hasn't been too bad with the Wild, after a pretty rocky start, where he wasn't seeing much action. Brian is still quite close to the goaltending basement, but at least he didn't have to drop Backstrom for someone of lesser minutes.
An undisclosed injury kept Jaroslav Halak from dressing for the Islanders' last game before the holidays and the Islanders are being tight-lipped about the reasons why. Halak didn't practice much on Monday and Tuesday and then the team called up Kevin Poulin as an emergency bench warmer. Halak will be considered day-to-day for now, until further notice.
Tony has been holding tight in 3rd place over the last few weeks, but could have really used that start (and a win), as Dale C., Clayton and Stacey M. continue to breathe down his neck.
The New York Rangers finally disclosed that forward Lee Stempniak was not a healthy scratch for the last few games, rather he was the latest victim of the mumps epidemic. Stempniak has already missed about a week's worth of action and is likely due to miss another week or so with the illness, as the Stempniak waits for the worst to end.
Here is another Waiver Draft pick-up this year, as Leo has picked up another ex-Calgary player. Stempniak has been good, when healthy, and since the Waiver Draft, he had 2 assists in four games.
Another Pittsburgh Penguins forward hits the list before the break and it doesn't sound very good... at all. Blake Comeau was placed on the Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a wrist injury after Monday's game against the Panthers. The coaching staff expect him to be out for several weeks, whatever that means, but it isn't very good at all.
Another Waiver Draft pick-up on the list... this is outrageous! We pick these players up to take the spot of hurt players, not to see these guys get hurt too. Well, Allan did manage to see 4 points in eight games, but that might be about it for a while now.
The Tampa Bay Lightning spent one game without defenseman Jason Garrison, who sat out with an undisclosed injury. Garrison was hurt on Saturday against the Islanders, missing out on the game against the Penguins. Garrison has been good for the Bolts this year, picking up 17 points in 35 games, but the injury held back on the half a point-per-game pace, which he was likely due for a point.
Troy has been keeping the pace and trying to crack the top five here soon. Troy will go into the break in 8th place, only 6 points back of the 3rd place race.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.