Thursday, March 28, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Mar 28)
The Dallas Stars were able to take a win out of Calgary last night, but it came at a cost, as goaltender Ben Bishop suffered another lower-body injury in the 2nd period of the game and was forced out, not to return. Bishop spent some time on the shelf with a lower-body injury not long ago, so we're curious to know if the two are related at all. With the Stars battling for a playoff spot, 5 points clear after their win, but there are still five games remaining on the schedule for them and they are now without their number one.
All Clayton's team is trying to do is to stay out of the basement for another couple weeks, just to save a little bit of face on this season and his team should be safe this week, already posting 12 points, through Wednesday night's action. No points in the win for Bishop last night, as the Stars surrendered a late goal and it changed the goalie of record in the game to Anton Khudobin.
The Philadelphia Flyers are all but eliminated from playoff contention this season, 8 points back of the last wild card spot and only five games left to play, so it is fairly likely that we'll see a good rotation of the three goalies they have on the roster. Last night, against the Leafs, Carter Hart got the start (and the shootout win), while Brian Elliott came out of the lineup as the healthy scratch. I would expect a couple more posts like this in the next week and a half, as the goalies continue to do a twirl, auditioning for next season.
Last night, it was Troy's turn to take the scratch, as he has Elliott for the final segment of the season, while Jeremy got the start and Mike's team had the goalie working backup duties. All three teams are in the bottom half of the standings, so there isn't a whole lot of meaning left to these scratches in the pool.
Speaking of rotation in lineups, the Vegas Golden Knights to work their rotation through the blueline, as Shea Theodore drew back in from his one game of rest and Nick Holden came back out for a turn up in the press box. The Knights failed to clinch their playoff spot last night, but it's only a matter of time, barring an epic collapse, so I would fully expect them to continue their rotation through the last 11 days of the regular season.
Brenda & Seward may have been getting the short end of the stick on this rotation, as Holden has sat out a bunch more games than some of the other guys. The duo are only 1 point back of moving up to 22nd in the standings, which does seem like quite the accomplishment, since they were in last for the bulk of the season.