Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Jan 30)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were without forward Boone Jenner on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, as he was held out with an undisclosed injury. He's currently listed as out day-to-day and the team did not include him on their trip to Winnipeg for Thursday's game, so he has already been ruled out of that one as well. Jenner has 9 goals and 21 points in 48 games this season, good enough for 252nd in pool scoring, leaving a reasonably sized hole in the Columbus lineup.
Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was admitted into stage 2 of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program on Tuesday, meaning that he is suspended without pay while he looks after his alcohol problem. There is no timetable for any sort of return for this program, he will be out indefinitely.
It's bad news for Steve's team on both accounts, one more so than the other. The Jenner injury is the more concerning for his team, as the Blue Jackets forward is still active on his roster, while Watson was dropped in the Waiver Draft this week and is only active for another few days. Steve's team currently sits in 6th place, 23 points out of the money.