February 14, 2015

steve laidlaw

2015-02-14

Seguin goes down with potentially horrific consequences, Hossa scores again, Teravainen demoted and more…

 

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Update: Both Seguin and Eaves have been placed on IR retroactive to yesterday. As such, each will have to miss at least a week.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day folks. Remember to set your lineups extra early today because of the matinee game between the Oilers and Senators. If you’re smart you’ll take your loved one out for some nice afternoon festivities to skip that dreadful contest and free yourself up for a good evening of hockey. If not and you miss tonight’s action your reward is a dope matinee game tomorrow between the Blackhawks and Penguins.

 

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A really key shutout win for Kari Lehtonen and the Stars was spoiled by a low hipcheck on Tyler Seguin by Dmitri Kulikov that knocked the star forward out of the game and could cost him some time, maybe even the rest of the season. I'm assuming we won't know for sure until there's an MRI but I'd suggest that at best we are looking at 4-6 weeks with some sprained ligament(s).

 

That's a game-changer right there. We are talking about the third leading scorer in the league on one of the top offensive teams in the league. Obviously that alters things for Seguin owners but it'll impact things for Jamie Benn owners, as well as those who have John Klingberg, Trevor Daley, Jason Spezza, etc.

 

I want to believe that Spezza still has top line talent within him but it's actually been a few years since he was a legit #1 center as Kyle Turris took many of those duties from Spezza his last couple of years in Ottawa. Perhaps we see Cody Eakin emerge as a legit option down the stretch.

 

This also affects a depth guy like Erik Cole who'd been clicking on the second line with Spezza having scored 17 points in his past 20 games. Now Cole might be looking at a weaker centerman as Spezza gets shuffled up. That's how it goes when you shake the foundation.

 

Naturally, the already mediocre power play (ranked 18th at 17.6%) takes a huge hit losing its leading goal (eight) and point (22) producer. They might feel this the most because a good deal of that power play was built around Seguin's ability to rip the one-timer.

 

We should also mention that Seguin wasn't the only Star forward who went down in this one. Patrick Eaves took a puck to the head leaving the game and Ales Hemsky went down with a lower-body injury. These latter two are neither surprising (because both Eaves and Hemsky enjoy