Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Feb 26)
Well, you can paint me surprised, as Corey Crawford was activated from the Injured Reserve by the Blackhawks on Monday, adding a veteran presence to their crease. This means that one of their goalies had to go and it is Collin Delia getting the call to head back to the AHL, as he is the lesser-paid keeper, still developing his game. Delia won 6 games in his stay up with the big club, making 15 appearances to get there and picking up 12 points in total. Of course, he'll be the first guy up, if the Blackhawks run into any more injury trouble.
Out of those 12 points, Derek B. was able to capture a win out of it, 2 points in three appearances, which is a small help to his rookie total this season. Derek's team still holds a 15-point lead in the rookie mini-game, so there shouldn't be too much concern there.
The Devils were sellers on Monday's deadline and when they took to the ice, it was almost like the team sold off most of their training staff, as the lower-body injuries piled up on them. Both forward Jesper Bratt and defenseman Will Butcher were already sidelined ahead of the game against the Canadiens and in that game, another pool player, forward Miles Wood, left the game with a lower-body injury of his own. All three will be considered day-to-day until otherwise noted.
The Devils don't expect much out of this season, but there are still hockey pool teams that are depending on them to stay healthy. Jeremy's 17th place team has Bratt, Benson's 21st place team has Butcher and Ryan's 12th place team has Wood.
The rotation of defensemen continues in Tampa Bay and it was Mikhail Sergachev's turn to sit again, as he had a seat for the game against the Los Angeles Kings. This rotation has been nothing new to the team, as they have already been working it for about a month and it just adds to the workload of the blog, when I take these players off and re-add them later on.
Stuart's defenseman sits again, but his lead remains very safe. His team added 2 more points to it last night and that was without one of his prized defenders. Stuart's defense is tied for 9th in the pool this season with 104 points, one of the big compliments to his pool-leading forwards.