Thursday, October 25, 2018

Morning Player Notes (Oct 25)

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to cycle around the bottom six players in the lineup, making sure players are getting their ice-time shared down there and last night, in Winnipeg, Andreas Johnsson took another turn up in the press box as a healthy scratch. Johnsson currently ranks 3rd among players taken in the hockey pool with four lineup scratches in the first 10 games for the Maple Leafs. In the six games he has played, he has registered a single assist.

Wilton has some serious considerations to make, when it comes to his lineup at Waiver Draft time, as his forwards have been really under-performing this season.  Johnsson just happens to be one of six forwards yet to hit double-digits in scoring, four of those haven't even hit the 5-point mark either.  Wilton's team currently sits 18th.

The Vancouver Canucks were able to sneak a 3-2 shootout victory out of Vegas on Wednesday night, but they head to Arizona for the second half of back-to-back nights on the road without a number of injuries.  Before the game against Vegas, the team learned they would be without Brock Boeser, due to a sore groin, he's day-to-day and probable for tonight in Arizona.  In game, the team lost defenseman Alexander Edler to a lower-body injury, he's doubtful for tonight, forward Sven Baertschi is now in concussion protocol and he'll be out tonight and non-pool player Chris Tanev was also hurt, blocking a shot on the hip.  It sounds like a recall is in order for the Canucks, as Michael Del Zotto, a healthy scratch for the last couple of weeks, will draw back in, at the very least.

Both Boeser and Baertschi are forwards on Grant's team this season, which means he had one, but not the other last night and the two will likely switch out for tonight's game.  Jeremy loses a defenseman in Edler to injury, but John P. will see his defenseman, Del Zotto, finally draw back in.  Still no word on whether or not Clayton gets Elias Pettersson back yet.

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