Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 6)

Since there wasn't any new news about players from Monday night's only game, I had to wait for something to happen on Tuesday morning. Sure enough, the Islanders activated Michael Grabner from the Injured Reserve, by placing defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky on the IR.  Grabner is coming back from a lower-body injury and he'll come in, taking the place of Josh Bailey, who will come out as a healthy scratch.

What's good for some, may not be good for others, as Clayton will get a body back in his lineup, while Scott will have one come out.  Scott is 21 points behind Clayton in the standings, so this lineup change for the Islanders will not suit his needs at all.

Ten games going on the NHL schedule on Tuesday night and for a while this morning, it looked like we were going to have all 20 goalies collecting minutes for the pool, but that didn't turn out to be the case in the end.

Most of the goaltending decisions have been made and they've been published and the only one we don't know for sure is in San Jose, where we have both goalies anyways. For now, it looks like Alex Stalock should be getting the second half of back-to-back nights, but the only one to say for sure is the Sharks coaching staff.

The only non-pool starter tonight will be Eddie Lack, as he gets the call for the Canucks against the Islanders.  Stuart dropped Lack at the Waiver Draft, so he won't count towards our numbers.

As for notable starters, Viktor Fasth will go for Edmonton against the Red Wings tonight, as he'll go against Jimmy Howard.  Brian Elliott will also get his second start since returning from injury, as St. Louis will take on Mike Smith and the Coyotes in the desert tonight.

Benson, Wilton and Wes are three teams that are confirmed to have both of their goalies going and if Stalock goes for the Sharks, that would mean Scott has both of his going as well.  If the Sharks turn to Niemi on back-to-back nights, Allan will be the fourth team to have both of his goalies going.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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