Saturday, February 21, 2015

Player Notes in the Draft (Feb 21)

Despite taking the pregame skate, Canucks forward Alex Burrows was a late scratch from Friday night's game against the Devils, due to what the team called a lower-body injury. Burrows played the night before and helped in the shootout against the Rangers, but something obviously wasn't quite right the next night, so he was held out. His status for Sunday's game on Long Island is questionable.

I'm guessing that both the Canucks and Clayton could have used Burrows in the lineup last night, as the NHL team dropped a 4-2 decision to the Devils, while the pool team still sits 4 points and a tie-breaker out of 3rd place.

The reports from the Bruins' 6th straight loss was that they also lost the services of forward David Krejci, to an undisclosed injury after missing a check and falling hard into the boards against the St. Louis Blues.  The team hasn't given any indication of the pivot's status for the team's next game, Sunday afternoon in Chicago, but they did say that he did fly with the team, giving him a chance at possibly playing, rather than being sent home for further evaluation.

Krejci belongs to one of the top three teams in the early part of the third segment, as Benson's team has been hot of late.  Thanks to injuries throughout the season, Krejci has been a disappointment for the now 14th place team in the standings, but his hot streak has only put him 8 points out of the top 10.

The Detroit Red Wings have done well this season, despite some of their injury problems this season. On Friday, the team had to recall defenseman Jakub Kindl from his conditioning stint in the AHL, because Kyle Quincey was hurt in practice earlier in the day.  It's hard to say exactly what the injury or playing status is for either player, but it is worth mentioning at this point.  The Red Wings are in Dallas to take on the Stars on Saturday night.

These two defensemen belong to struggling teams in the pool right now, as Tony's season gets progressively worse through injury, Dale C.'s season has just gone cold for the most part.  Tony loses Quincey to injury, compounding a week where he only has 8 points through Friday night and possibly loses a skater game.  Dale, however, possibly sees the return of a defenseman, who hasn't provided him much since being acquired at the Waiver Draft.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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