On Thursday night, a notable absence was seen in the Washington Capitals lineup, but not on Friday's blog post at all, as Alex Ovechkin missed the game against the Minnesota Wild, due to a lower-body injury. There was no indication on when or where Ovechkin suffered the injury, but the team is indicating that the injury is minor and there is a chance that he could play on Saturday, listing him as a game-time decision. The Caps host the Sabres on Saturday night, so there may not be any real need to rush him back for this one.
There no rush for pool purposes either, as Kristy & Don still have a healthy 78-point lead in the standings, with just over five weeks to go.
One of the Sabres' trade deadline acquisitions fell to injury this week and was held out of the lineup on Friday night, as goalie Chad Johnson has been diagnosed with a lower-body injury and is currently day-to-day on the shelf. There is no real telling when he'll be suiting up again, but with the Sabres going in the direction that they are, I don't think they'll mind giving him a rest for a while.
I don't know for sure, but I am thinking that Mike is pretty indifferent, as to whether or not his goalie plays or not. His team is down in 20th, doesn't have a ballot in the third segment race and is fairly safe to stay away from the joke trophy bobbleheads. Nevertheless, this needed to be posted.
Another bug seems to be going around the NHL, here in March, and on Friday night, the latest victim of it was Thomas Vanek of the Minnesota Wild. He was held out of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes, a 3-1 win for the Wild, but he is expected to be back in the lineup shortly.
Not much for news on this post either, as Wyllie, our current leader for the Olli bobblehead, has Vanek and is trying to increase his gap for it, seemingly... as if he had control over his player's well being.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.