Thursday, March 14, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Mar 14)
Well, you can't fault the Blue Jackets for trading for a little extra goaltending depth for the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs. They can ill-afford to have this push derailed by a lack of quality goaltending, but when it means that your third goalie has to sit in the press box and wait for his chance, if it ever comes, it's a bit deflating. Keith Kinkaid was moved to Columbus at the deadline and was a backup once this season, but he'll likely be in the press box, until they want to give Sergei Bobrovsky proper nights off and that doesn't even mean that Kinkaid will start. That's a shame. Kinkaid missed out on Tuesday night's game against the Bruins and will likely be missing most games down the stretch.
It's also no fun when it's your goalie in the hockey pool that gets dealt this hand and that's what Neil has found himself in with his goalie. Neil's team is still cruising right along without him, up into 9th place and poised for a pretty good finish to the year. Still, it could be a bit better with a little more action for his keeper.
It sounds like the Boston Bruins will be without defenseman Torey Krug for Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets, due to an upper-body injury. He wasn't able to practice on Wednesday and the coaching staff had already ruled him out for the road game tonight. There's no word on the severity or the nature of the injury, but he's currently listed as out day-to-day for right now.
Mike's team just couldn't catch a break this season and here's another wrinkle to his season, as his team sits in 20th, 19 points clear of 21st. It's just a coast to the end for his team now.
The flu bug bit another player, taking out Zach Hyman of the Maple Leafs for their Wednesday night match-up against the Blackhawks. He's listed as day-to-day as well and I would imagine that he will be good to go again on Friday night, when the Leafs host the Flyers. The flu bug hasn't been too bad this season, not holding players out for too long. The Leafs probably could have used his services last night, not only in the comeback that fell short, but even in keeping the puck out of their own net, losing 5-4 in the end.
Not a rookie, not a real concern for Derek B.. Derek's team is just about in last place, only 2 points clear of 25th spot, as his copious amount of rookies are not keeping his team afloat in the overall standings.