Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Afternoon Player Notes (Dec 12)

A tweak in practice on Monday kept Alex Galchenyuk out of the Coyotes' lineup on Tuesday night against the Bruins.  He's officially listed as out day-today with a lower-body injury and when reports are out there saying 'tweak,' you would have to think it's a groin issue of some sort, the most common tweak of them all.  It doesn't sound too serious, but he wasn't on the ice for practice on Wednesday either, so he's questionable, at best, for Thursday's game in Buffalo.

Wes should consider his team still in the thick of it all, ranking 9th in the pool, although it is 25 points back of 3rd place today.  There's still plenty of time to make that space up, but he'll need all the help he can gets, like getting Galchenyuk back in Arizona's lineup.

Columbus forward Josh Anderson left Tuesday night's game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury, as he went head first into the cross bar in the offensive zone, leaving the game, not to return.  He wasn't on the ice for practice and there wasn't a definitive answer as to when he would be back on the ice, but he's considered to be day-to-day for right now.

More bad luck for Brenda & Seward, who can't seem to catch any breaks at all this season, as Anderson was their 2nd round pick in the Waiver Draft a couple of weeks ago.  He has appeared in four games for the Jackets, since being activated, and has picked up a goal.

We're not too sure what the injury to Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot is, but whatever it is, held him out of Tuesday's game against the Oilers.  Without any details, he's currently listed as day-to-day, but it is something we'll be keeping an eye out for, if there is more information to be had here in the next day or so.  The Avs are in St. Louis on Friday night, so we hope to have more info by then.

Stacey C.'s 19th place team had a pretty rough night on Tuesday and this is just the start of it.  We'll have some more blog posting going on this afternoon and we'll learn more about how tough it's going to be for his side moving forward.

It's been a rough week for Los Angeles defensemen, as the team had already lost Alec Martinez to an upper-body injury, placed on the IR on Wednesday and in Tuesday night's contest, they lost both Drew Doughty and Dion Phaneuf to upper-body injuries, leaving the game not to return.  Doughty remains on the road with the team, while Phaneuf was sent back home from the trip for further tests, both will be listed as day-to-day for right now.

We already posted about Martinez this week, so there's no surprises there, and Doughty is the only other pool defenseman, as Phaneuf was dropped in the Waiver Draft a couple of weeks ago.  Doughty belongs to Benson's team, which ranks 22nd in defensemen scoring this season and could be overtaken, if this injury is significant.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are welcoming Matt Murray back to their active roster, which means that one of their goalies needed to be sent down to make room and that goalie was Tristan Jarry, sent down to the minors on Wednesday morning.  Jarry had only made two starts this season, failing to win either and it will be Murray and Casey DeSmith carrying the load for now.

Neil held onto Jarry through the Waiver Draft, unsure of when Murray was going to be healthy and it didn't really pay off for him at all.  No wins for Jarry and no more starts in the near future for him either.

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