The Arizona Coyotes were without their best player on Thursday night, when the visited the Dallas Stars, as Oliver Ekman-Larsson was held out of the proceedings, due to a bout of the flu. He's currently day-to-day and should be good this weekend and ready to play out the last stretch.
For Eric, this wasn't the best of times to miss out on a game from this scoring defender, as his team is really trying to make a run this week, tied for the week's best in points with 21. His team is still 18 points behind 3rd place, so it's becoming increasingly difficult, especially with the team he's tied with in weekly points is ahead of his team.
Originally thought to be another healthy scratch, it turns out Thomas Vanek was missing from the Wild's game against the visiting Senators with an upper-body injury. The injury was reportedly suffered against the Blackhawks earlier in the week. He's currently listed as being out day-to-day.
Not much left in the season for Allan, who was our winner of the goalie survivor pool this year. His team isn't in the best of shape in the standings, just trying to make it into the top half of the standings in the last week and a bit now.
In probably the best hit of the year, Ottawa's Mark Stone was leveled by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, which forced him from Wednesday game with a chest injury in the end. Stone was unable to go in Minnesota on Thursday night, due to the injury and he's currently listed as out day-to-day for right now. The Senators are only out to play spoiler now, so they won't be in any rush to get him back.
This is a significant loss for Jeremy, with so little time left in the season. Currently, his team sits atop of the standings, with a healthy 10-point lead, but without Stone, it won't have nearly the defense that it may require down the stretch. Jeremy's knuckles are starting to turn white.
In San Jose last night, Canucks forward Sven Baertschi left the game with a lower-body injury and that was the extent of the news available, as of this morning. The Canucks are playing on back-to-back nights, Friday night in Anaheim, and I would imagine that he is doubtful for that contest. He'll be on the list as out day-to-day for the time being.
John S.'s team is in the running for the Basement Dweller this week and if you stack another injury on that, his team has a better shot at the nod in the Newsletter. John's team is in 18th after Thursday night's action, picking up 8 points so far this week.
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