Sunday, April 19, 2015
Player Notes in the Playoffs (Apr 19)
The Predators may have taken back a game in their series against the Blackhawks, heading to Chicago tied a 1-1, but they are in some injury trouble, it would seem. First of all, forward Mike Fisher did not play in Game 2, due to a lower-body injury, unsure if the injury is related to the one he had near the end of the year or not. His status for Game 3 seems doubtful, but it doesn't appear to have been ruled out completely yet.
In Game 2, the Predators lost the services of Box 9 defenseman Shea Weber, as he left the game with a lower-body injury and the team had announced that Weber was not traveling with the club to Chicago and has been ruled out of Games 3 & 4, with Game 5 still up in the air. A collision with Brandon Saad is thought to be the reason for the injury, possibly to his leg, so we'll have to wait through two games in Chicago, before we hear anything more about the Nashville captain.
The Predators were not the favoured team in this series, so there are not a lot of losses in these injuries, as two teams picked Fisher, while five teams picked Weber.
The goalie situations in the playoffs have been something to marvel, but I really haven't been able to sit down and blog about them too much... or as much as I would like to anyway.
On Sunday, it sounds like there will be some changes in net and we'll go through them here.
Braden Holtby is expected to make his return to the Capitals crease after missing Game 2 with an illness, so it will be he and Jarsolav Halak again in Game 3. This starts right away, so tune in.
Corey Crawford has lost the crease for the Blackhawks, as he makes way for Scott Darling in Game 3 against the Predators, a 1pm MT start today. Of course, it will be Pekka Rinne on the other side.
The Senators, down 2-0 to the Canadiens, will now turn to their pool goalie, Craig Anderson, as they try to claw something back at home tonight. Carey Price will again tend to the Habs crease.
In Calgary, there shouldn't be any change to the goalie match-up, as Jonas Hiller should be hosting Eddie Lack in the tied series between the Flames and Canucks. This is unconfirmed, but likely.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.