Friday, March 15, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Mar 15)
It sounds like Cam Ward is ready to return to regular backup duties for the Chicago Blackhawks, so rookie keeper Collin Delia was reassigned back to the AHL from his emergency recall, only appearing in relief once, when Corey Crawford couldn't finish a game due to illness. Delia will likely be getting a good chunk of work with the minor league team down the stretch, which the Blackhawks are hoping will help his development moving forward.
Of course, that doesn't help Derek B.'s team much, but his wrap on the rookie points is all but certain. His team has finally dropped down to last place in the overall standings, as Scott moved ahead of him on Thursday night and Derek now sits 4 points back.
It sounds like a trip up to the press box for Kyle Turris has more to do with some of his mediocre scoring numbers than anything else, as the Nashville Predators move closer and closer to the playoffs. Turris currently ranks 368th in hockey pool scoring this season with 7 goals and 22 points in 46 games this season, missing significant time on two separate occasions, which probably hasn't helped his rhythm at all. The Predators are hoping a step back will help him move forward with a little bit more confidence.
Jeremy's team could certainly use a more confident Turris this week, but his team did move out of the Basement Dweller position, if only barely, now 1 point clear of Mike's team, which now resides in the position.
With the return of Carter Hart to the Philadelphia Flyers' net on Thursday night, the team opted to give Brian Elliott the whole night off, not making him dress as the backup and leaving that job to Cam Talbot. Elliott will reportedly get the nod on the second half of back-to-back nights tonight, when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. Since Philadelphia will likely be going down the stretch with all three goalies until the end of the year, I would expect to see more of this, like Hart going up to the press box for tonight's game.
Troy's goalie didn't exactly miss out on a start, but if Hart was to struggle, which he kind of did, there was no chance at minutes in the crease for an improbable comeback. It's not much to hang your hat on, but it is something, I guess. Troy's team currently sits in 10th, 8 points back of 9th.