Friday, November 06, 2015
Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 6)
An MRI has been scheduled for Friday morning for Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, as he suffered a lower-body/knee injury in Thursday night's game against the Predators. It looked like Parise tried to continue to play on the injury last night, according to some of the tweets from the game, but he did end up leaving the game completely in the end. The coaching staff have said that they don't expect him to play this weekend, so he'll be day-to-day until the final diagnosis comes down.
If I was Benson, I don't think I would be holding my breath for a great result from the MRI, but that's just my opinion. There is never a good time for an injury, especially when your team is down in 19th place, 22 points out of the money and it does get a bit worse, losing his 4th round pick.
It appears that the Islanders are exceptionally fearful of losing a goalie through the waiver wire, if they were to either put pool goalie Thomas Greiss or non-pool goalie J-F Berube on the wire, so one of them ends up being the scratch, while the other backs up Jaroslav Halak these days. Berube won an AHL championship, so he does carry some value and last night was his night to suit up and Greiss was a healthy scratch for the game. It's hard to say when this situation is going to change, unless they fully expect Halak to get hurt.
It isn't like Eric ended up missing a start with this scratch, rather, he missed an possible opportunity for minutes, if Halak was pulled or hurt. That's about it. Eric's team is having a good week, despite Greiss being a scratch, up there among the pool leaders in weekly scoring, so his team of goons is moving in the right direction in the overall standings.
With the return of Sean Couturier to the Flyers' lineup, that meant that someone had to come out of the lineup for the game against the Flames on Thursday night and that player was forward Sam Gagner, who hasn't exactly been in the good graces of the Flyers coaching staff. Gagner has only been a decent player, with the minutes he has been given this season, leaving him with only 5 points in 10 games this season.
John R. has actually been getting good value for his pick, despite the healthy scratches, as he picked Gagner with the 322nd overall selection, down in the 12th round, and he is currently ranked 257th in pool scoring. I'm sure he would like Gagner to be in the lineup full-time and scoring at his current rate (or better), but what can you do?
The St. Louis Blues are getting amped to have Kevin Shattenkirk back in their lineup this weekend, as he has been activated from the Injured Reserve on Friday, as he is working his way back from a lower-body injury. The Blues are in Nashville on Saturday night and they are fully expecting Shattenkirk to play.
When Shattenkirk left Stuart's pool lineup, the elder Greenley in the pool was sitting in 17th place in the standings and winning only one of his side bets. Since then, he has gone up to 11th place in the standings and winning two side bets and tied in another... so we can derive that his team is better with Shattenkirk out of the lineup, right?
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