Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Morning Player Notes (Apr 3)
It sounded like Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was a game-time decision for Monday night's game on Long Island with an illness and it must have really caught up to him, because he was a scratch on Tuesday night, at home to the Canadiens. The Leafs are at home to the Lightning on Thursday night and I would assume that both Muzzin and Andreas Johnsson, who also missed the game last night, will draw back into the lineup. The Leafs are locked into the 3rd spot in the Atlantic, so this game coming up isn't worth a whole lot, it will be used to stay sharp.
Neil's team has been rolling right along in the first couple of nights, despite not having Muzzin in the lineup last night. His team has already posted 11 points and is now 8 points clear of 8th place, trying to lock down 7th place for the end of the year.
Winnipeg forward Brandon Tanev was injured last night in the game against the Minnesota Wild, as he took a slash to the hand from Eric Staal, suffering what is officially being called an upper-body injury. There was no immediate update on Tanev's situation, so he'll be listed as out day-to-day, but with the Jets in the thick of a Central Division title battle, I'm sure the Jets are hopeful that it isn't very serious. The Jets have two more games left before the playoffs, so it will be a balance between the division and being ready for Game 1.
For Brian's team, it has taken the lead in the Basement Dweller race for the last week of the season, as his team has only posted 2 points through the first couple of nights. His team now sits in 17th, dropping a couple of spots in the early part of the week.