Friday, December 29, 2017
Noon Player Notes at the Draft (Dec 29)
The Chicago Blackhawks lost the services of forward Artem Anisimov against the Canucks on Thursday night, as he has reportedly suffered an upper-body injury. There wasn't much in the way of details, but the Blackhawks coaching staff did suggest that he could miss a while, which doesn't bode well for their next game, tonight in Edmonton, to say the very least. He will be listed as out day-to-day for the time being.
More injury trouble for Jeremy's team, which has been falling apart at the seams in the last few days and if this injury is significant, it will take a half a point-per-game player out of his lineup, 18 points in 36 games to date. Jeremy's team has already fallen out of the money spots, now 2 points out.
The Detroit Red Wings are saying that forward Anthony Mantha is questionable for tonight's game, more likely a game-time decision, after he left this morning's skate early. The coaching staff has said that the 23-year old has been playing with some nagging issues and the team's medical staff and the player will determine whether or not he's fit enough to go against the Rangers tonight.
Kristy & Don's team has suffered in the early part of this short week, only picking up 6 points in the first two nights, falling off the pace of the money, so far. They'll open Friday night with an 11-point gap between themselves and 3rd place, something that Mantha could help out with, if he plays.
Another injury concern from last night's play, as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut down forward Nazem Kadri midway through the game against the Arizona Coyotes, after the 27-year old took an elbow to the head. The team said that his removal from the game was purely precautionary, but the Leafs are not exactly in anyone's good books about disclosing injuries. Kadri is questionable for tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche. If Kadri misses time, he will be listed as day-to-day until otherwise specified.
Grant's team is just hanging outside of the top 10 to start Friday's action, as it stands 1 point back of 10th. Kadri has been a little less than expected for his side, picking up 23 points in 38 games, so far this year, ranking 132nd in pool scoring and having been picked 106th overall, about a round worse than expected.