Saturday, October 14, 2017
Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 14)
The Anaheim Ducks received a couple shots of bad news on Friday night. First, before their game against the Avalanche, they learned that the lower-body injury that Ryan Getzlaf had been dealing with had flared up again and he wasn't able to play. The current word on him is that he is currently day-to-day. Next, their number one goalie, John Gibson, suffered an upper-body injury, reportedly taking a shot up high in warm-up, yet still playing the 1st period, but unable to continue. He's currently considered to be day-to-day as well. With the two losses in their lineup, they also lost to Colorado, 3-1.
Eric's team lost Getzlaf and at a time where he could use him the most, suffering in Week Two with only 13 points and dropping down to 22nd a the moment. His return will be most welcomed. Tony's team had a pretty bad night, losing his one of his two starting goalies, but hopefully not for the long-term. His team is only 4 points out of 3rd place, heading into Saturday, a very good position.
The Colorado Avalanche also had a couple of notes on Friday night as well, starting with rookie Tyson Jost who missed the game against the Ducks, due to a knee injury in their last game on Wednesday night. There hasn't been much in the way of details, so we'll consider him day-to-day right now. In the game against the Ducks, forward Nathan MacKinnon left the game with an eye injury after taking an errant stick up high and he didn't return to the game. No official word yet on his timetable for a return, so he'll be considered day-to-day, if he doesn't play tonight in Minnesota.
Jost was a pick of newcomer Steve and it's a tough loss for his team, since he has a goal and an assist already this season, when Steve's team is trying to hang in the mix in the middle of the standings at the moment. Tony lost another player in MacKinnon last night, but it's hard to say how long he could be out for and this is even a tougher loss, since the Avs star has 4 points in five games.
Another eye injury to speak of and it will affect tonight's Oilers lineup, as they are not expecting to have forward Leon Draisaitl in their lineup for the game against the Senators on Hockey Night in Canada tonight. The young German has been nursing this injury for a couple of days, hasn't been able to practice, but that's all that the coaching staff would divulge, so we'll just assume that he's day-to-day for right now.
Stacey C.'s proxy team has been good again this week, among the pool leaders in scoring for Week Two with 22 points, now sitting up at 4th place, losing a tie-breaker for 3rd at the moment. Without Draisaitl on Saturday night, that could make it tough to keep the pace.