It's hard to say whether or not it was going to be a scheduled start or not for Anders Nilsson, but nevertheless, he wasn't healthy enough to be back-up to Robin Lehner on Wednesday night, at home to Montreal. He's currently day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, and with only a couple games left in their regular season schedule, Saturday and Sunday, there is an opening where someone may get the back-to-back game, which could be a big deal in the hockey pool this weekend. On the plus side, the Sabres did send Linus Ullmark, who was in Nilsson's spot, back to the AHL, possibly signalling that Nilsson will be okay for the weekend.
The quiet night afforded Ryan another night's finish in 3rd place, but his team holds a disadvantage, compared to the two teams chasing his, both 1 point back, as they have a few more projected games in hand on his and there just isn't any room for error.
The New York Rangers were handing out maintenance days and games off for players, when they took on the Washington Capitals last night, thus handing the Caps a 2-0 win and the President's Trophy. Those included on having a night off were Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden and Brady Skjei, all cited to have undisclosed injuries, likely in the "bumps and bruises" category, trying to heal up before the playoffs next week.
Zuccarello getting the night off was another kick in the pants to Ryan's team, as it was another opportunity for points flushed down the toilet for the night. Now, with only four nights of hockey left, his 1-point lead had the potential of being bigger with the Norwegian in the lineup. Marcin lost a couple games in Nash and Holden, while Derek B. lost a game from Skjei, but those two pool teams have no bearing in the money.