Saturday, March 05, 2016
Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Mar 5)
No updates this morning on the injury to Brandon Saad on Friday night, as the Columbus Blue Jackets winger left the game against the Edmonton Oilers after only 10 minutes of ice-time, with an upper-body injury. Saad did manage an assist in the 6-3 win over the Oilers, but that was where he left it, when he left the game in the 2nd period. Jackets are in Philadelphia tonight, so we'll likely hear something about the injury before too long. If it is nothing serious, he'll be on the list as day-to-day, but we'll update it, if his condition is much worse.
Ryan's week has only been average, heading into the weekend, as teams are averaging about 15.3 points each through Friday night's action. There are teams right behind his, looking to usurp his spot, so Saad would be inclined to get back into the lineup and help his team out.
A couple of injury notes for the Dallas Stars this morning... forward Patrick Sharp did indeed miss Friday night's game with a lower-body injury. Sharp reportedly suffered the injury on Monday night, tried to play through it on Tuesday night, left that game early and now has been shelved until he's healthy again. For now, he's considered day-to-day.
The other injury note actually comes from the game against the Devils on Friday night, as defenseman John Klingberg left the game with a lower-body injury and didn't return to the game. As of Saturday morning, there still wasn't much of an update on Klingberg, but the team travels to Ottawa for a game on Sunday, so hopefully we'll know more then.
Of the two injuries, Klingberg is actually in the money race, belonging to Ryan, who now sits 15 points back of 3rd, 4th AND 5th place, as they are all tied to get into the conversation ahead of him. Sharp is on Stacey C.'s team, which still has a bit of a buffer before being included in the 27th place race that's going on at the bottom of the table.
New Jersey's number one keeper, Cory Schneider, appeared to have suffered a lower-body injury on Friday night against the Dallas Stars, after doing the splits to make a save. Of course, the rampant speculation will be a groin injury, which most lower-body injuries are, but without proper confirmation, we just can't say for sure. The Devils didn't have any updates after the game, but on Saturday morning, they had recalled Yann Danis to the big club from the AHL, which suggests that his weekend is probably done, at the very least.
I am not sure how much more unlucky Troy's team could be at the moment, because it's pouring rain on his side and that bad sign that this team was born under was washed away in the flood. Schneider's injury means he is now without a goalie, for at least this weekend, possibly longer, and he already has a couple more long-term injuries through the rest of the year.
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