Friday, March 30, 2018
Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Mar 30)
Further to this morning's injury post from Chicago's crease, the Blackhawks coaching staff now believe that Anton Forsberg's season is now likely done with his lower-body injury, given there is less than a week and a half to go in the regular season and there is just no more push in the Blackhawks for a playoff spot. Forsberg appeared in 35 games this season for the Blackhawks, only picking up 10 wins and 21 points, but he was thrown to the wolves with the Corey Crawford injury early in the season and the Blackhawks couldn't wrap their season around it.
Derek B. could be thankful that the pool's other Derek, Wilton, has not been having a productive week at all in Week Twenty-Six, and between the two team's projections for the end of the week, one could pass the other for 12th spot before the end of Sunday's action... in theory.
There's more goalie trouble to report, as the Buffalo Sabres released their daily injury report to show that Robin Lehner is now day-to-day with a lower-body injury today, after leaving last night's game against the Red Wings early. There wasn't too much more to report from Sabres camp, but as it stands now, the Sabres are leading the way for the best lottery pick in the draft in the overall NHL standings and they might not be in such a big hurry to rush him back to the net.
The Mover & Shaker race isn't too far out of reach for Kristy & Don this week, but they'll open up Friday night 7 points back of the leader, with only three games to play and down a goalie. It seems rather unlikely that they'll make that push for the end of the week, but it's still a decent week.
The pregame report from the New York Islanders coaching staff, as they prep for the Maple Leafs on Friday night, said that forward Josh Bailey will be a scratch tonight, as he is dealing with an upper-body issue. There didn't appear to be much more in the way of details on the injury, but if it is something more significant, it would be a pretty poor way to finish a stellar season, 69 points in 73 games is a damn good year.
This would be a pretty huge blow to Benson's chase for 2nd place in the standings, if Bailey can't go anymore. Benson's team sits in 3rd, 1 point back, and only 15 points up on 4th, which is a good week from below to make up. Benson might not be white-knuckling it yet, but it could be close.