Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Noon Player Notes (Feb 6)

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper was hurt on Monday night, when the team played the Dallas Stars, suffering an upper-body injury when Mattias Janmark collided with him. Kuemper finished the game, not substituted at all before the final buzzer, but it looks like there was something more to it overnight. The Coyotes recalled Adin Hill to take the bench for Tuesday night's game against the Nashville Predators, while Calvin Pickard got the start. Kuemper is currently day-to-day, but it could certainly be more.

Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar was feeling under the weather on Tuesday and was given the night off from action, missing out on the game against the Anaheim Ducks.  He did take warm-ups prior to the game, so that would suggest that it isn't anything to be concerned about and he should be back in the lineup on Thursday night, when the Habs host the Jets.

This makes for a couple of lost games for Neil's team on Tuesday night, one being more serious (Kuemper) than the other (Tatar), but they certainly were not around to help out his cause last night.  Neil's team were still able to make it up to 8 points through the first couple nights of the week, which is good news and the return of Tatar will be much appreciated, I'm sure.

Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray was not in the lineup for the Jackets on Tuesday night in Colorado, as he is dealing with a lower-body injury.  By the look of things, this seems to be an injury that has been lingering for a few days, at least, as he was a game-time decision on the weekend, before sitting out of practice on Monday and then the game on Tuesday.  He's currently listed as day-to-day, since there haven't been any concrete details on the injury.  The Jackets also play next on Thursday, traveling to Arizona, and we'll have to wait and see if he dresses.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey left the game against the San Jose Sharks after blocking a shot in the 1st period, suffering a lower-body injury in the process, ending his night prematurely.  He tried to come back in the 2nd period, but it just wasn't going to work for him, so one would certainly begin to wonder.  We'll wait to see what the Jets have to say about it, which we should hear before Thursday's game in Montreal.

Murray was a Week Nine pickup for Wes' team and has been pretty good since being activated, picking up 12 points in 24 games, so it is a decent sized loss, taking him out of the active roster.  Wes' team sits in 5th, 16 points back of the money, losing a little bit of ground last night.  Morrissey's injury makes two injuries on Wes' blueline, this one being fairly significant too, since the Jets defender has 29 points in 51 games this season.  Wes' blueline ranks tied for 9th in the pool with 90 points this season.

One more injury note from Tuesday night, as Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu left the game against the Buffalo Sabres with an lower-body injury after a knee-on-knee collision with Tage Thompson.  The Wild didn't offer up any updates on the condition of their captain, so we're waiting and seeing once again.  On Thursday, the Wild will host the Oilers, so we'll hope that we can have an update before then.

Dale C.'s team will be waiting impatiently on this news, as it sits in 10th spot, 7 points behind 9th and only 6 points up on 11th at the moment.  It has posted 9 points already this week, which isn't too bad, but it could certainly be more.

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