Monday, November 05, 2018

Afternoon Player Notes (Nov 5)

The Carolina Hurricanes offered up an update on goaltender Petr Mrazek on Monday, saying that he is actually dealing with a lower-body injury at the moment and he could miss a little bit more time.  It wasn't quite the rotation of having three goalies on the active roster, but having three goalies has worked out in their favour, if this injury is significant.  He's listed as day-to-day at the moment, but it doesn't sound like he'll be in the lineup tomorrow in St. Louis.

This is a bit of a bad news for Stacey C., as he doesn't want to be losing out on more starts, if he doesn't have to.  Mrazek is the 37th ranked goalie in the pool, at this point of the year, which isn't great, but it's better than a guy that's sitting out injured.

Speaking of the St. Louis Blues, Brayden Schenn is now a question mark for that game against the Carolina Hurricanes, due to an upper-body injury.  The coaching staff is saying that he's sore, for whatever that is worth, but maybe he needs to be healthier, if the Blues have any shot of making that run at a playoff spot now.  Schenn hasn't been bad to start the year, 3 goals and 9 points in 12 games, but I think there was an expectation that he could be better and the team around him would be better too.

Not good news for Dale C., who still hasn't seen his team climb into the top 20 yet this year and starts the week 4 points out of that position.  He'll need Schenn to be at his best and if he needs a day off or a game off, maybe that is the right thing to do.

We've got our eyes on Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks, as the point-per-game player might be dealing with a concussion right now or the team is just waiting to see if he indeed does have one after a hard hit over the weekend.  The Sharks coaching staff has suggested that Hertl is going through the protocol and feels better on Monday, which makes him fairly questionable, if not doubtful, for Tuesday night, at home to Minnesota.  With 14 points in 14 games, that would be a big loss from their lineup, if he can't go.

Brian's team has had their fair share of good scoring from the forward ranks and Hertl is among a handful of players that have already hit double-digits on his roster.  His team opens up the week in 2nd place and likely doesn't want injuries to derail that momentum.

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