Friday, February 06, 2015

Player Notes in the Draft (Feb 6)

The word from Ducks camp is that Ryan Getzlaf aggravated a lower-body injury in warm-up, just before his team took on the Predators on Thursday night and it kept him out of the lineup for the match. The details are limited, at best, and you have to know that the Ducks are going to hold these cards close to their chest for the time being. The Anaheim captain is on the list as out day-to-day until further notice.

A surprise scratch for Cam and his 1st round pick, 2nd overall, in the draft.  Cam is right in the thick of the 3rd place money race and didn't need this bit of news.  Despite the scratch, Cam currently leads the way for the Mover & Shaker again, up to 19 points in the week, but still 9 points back of 3rd place.

The Carolina Hurricanes have had their share of scoring troubles this season and Riley Nash wasn't exactly one of the problems early on, but he has since gone cold and on Thursday night, he was a scratch for the game against the Arizona Coyotes.  The Canes only scored one goal in regulation, but still won the game, 2-1, in the shootout, so swapping Nash out didn't exactly help their cause too much.

Stacey M. picked up Nash in the Week Nine Waiver Draft and hasn't exactly received much help from the winger, as he had only produced 3 goals and 5 points in 24 games since the Waivers.  Stacey has decided to keep the under-producing winger, opting to pass with her second round pick in the Week Eighteen edition of the swap fest.

In Denver, the Avalanche hosted the Red Wings without the services of defenseman Tyson Barrie, who has been sidelined with a hip injury.  The early reports are that Barrie is only listed as out day-to-day, but there are no details on the cause of the injury, nor a real timetable for his return.  Defenseman Stefan Elliott got the call for the blueline in Barrie's stead and will probably keep his spot warm for the time being.

Barrie has been good for Stuart this season, picking up 5 goals and 30 points in 51 games for the Avs to this point in the season.  His absence will be felt, as Stuart dropped a position to his brother Benson in the standings and is now 3 points behind after Thursday night.

The defending champs are reeling a bit and they are trying to find a way to right the ship for the stretch run and that means some fringe players are going to find their way to the press box, if they're not careful. Defenseman Brayden McNabb was that fringe player on Thursday night in Florida, making his way up to the press box for a game.  The Kings were not able to pull out a win against the Panthers, so there is a good chance that McNabb makes it back into the lineup this weekend.

Should just be just one game off the books for Brian, who is 15 points back of the top 10 and has made a couple of moves this week, so he is poised to make a push.  If McNabb and the Kings can do something, he could be on to something.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were unable to finish their game against the Dallas Stars with defenseman Jason Garrison, who left the game with a lower-body injury. As of Friday lunch, there still wasn't much of an update on his condition or his availability for Saturday, when the Bolts host the Kings.  Until further notice, he'll be on the list as out day-to-day, if he misses time, because that's about the best I can do with the information provided.

Troy has made a couple of moves in the Waiver Draft this week and doesn't need any more injury troubles, as his team is in 7th place, going into Friday night, 28 points out of 3rd place.  Garrison has only been decent this season, certainly not great, picking up 20 points in 49 games, but every little bit counts down the stretch.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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