Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday Night's Sheet Scratches

After taking a puck to the face on Friday, Tim Gleason was doing his best to remain in the line-up, but on Wednesday, he was allowed to take a day off, including the morning skate and practice. Gleason needed 30 stitches to close up the wound on his face on the weekend and it must be bothering him for him need the time off. He should be good to go soon.

It was a return to the press box for Stars defenseman, Jeff Woywitka. The Stars have had a revolving door on the blueline, with players getting hurt, coming back and also earning their way up to the box. Woywitka has become the extra wheel of sorts, but the Stars have been unlucky enough that they have to keep Woywitka with the club, because another injury seems to be right around the corner.

The Islanders made Bruno Gervais the victim of the repercussions after a horrible 7-1 loss earlier in the week, as Gervais was sent back up to the press box again on Wednesday night for a change on the blueline. It seemed to work, as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 2-0. This could mean that Gervais could be a scratch again in the return game of the home & home.

More bad injury news for the Senators, as Box 22 forward, Nick Foligno, has now been listed as out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. This hurts the Sens, as they are already without Jason Spezza for the next 8 weeks or so, so their offensive resolve will be tested. They past their first test without these two forwards, as they beat the Sabres, 2-0, on Wednesday night.

The Coyotes are revving up the rumour mill again with Peter Mueller back in the press box on Wednesday night. Mueller's numbers have not been great this year and he obviously isn't doing much of anything else on the ice that would keep him in the line-up, so there could be a move here sooner rather than later.

The Blues were not going to take many chances with the health of Keith Tkachuk on Wednesday night. The veteran winger left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury and as good as he felt on Wednesday, the team decided to sit him and put Patrik Berglund back in the line-up, as he was a healthy scratch the night before. Tkachuk will likely be back in the line-up for the team's next game, since he was close on Wednesday.

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