Ramblings: The Injury Bug Spreads (Dec 13)

Ian Gooding

2017-12-13

The Injury Bug Spreads To Hall, Dubnyk, among others…

Injuries, injuries, injuries… blech. Is it just me, or has it been a brutal past week? After staying relatively healthy for the first two months of the season, my fantasy teams are suddenly getting hammered with them. It seems as though every day there’s a new injury.

I know that Matt Murray has been reactivated and Corey Perry is now out week-to-week, but I won’t get into the specifics on those. You'll see more details of those in the Injury Report. But… I managed to squeeze one injury news bit between each * and * in this edition of the Ramblings. So let’s hope that the damage was minimal to your team. But if not, please feel free to share your sob story below. Here’s mine.
 


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A gut punch to many fantasy teams (such as mine) was the announcement that Alex Pietrangelo is headed to IR with a lower-body injury. Pietrangelo is a top-5 scoring defenseman who is also in the top 10 among d-men in icetime and shots on goal. So those will be big shoes to fill on the St. Louis defense.

With Jay Bouwmeester also out of commission on Tuesday, Colton Parayko logged 27 minutes – a total that he has now reached in back-to-back games. The Blues had just one power-play in their game against Tampa Bay, so there wasn’t a huge sample to draw from. But it is worth mentioning that Vince Dunn led all Blues’ d-men in power-play time in this game. Dunn has just six points in 30 games, so you probably aren’t going to be rushing out to grab him. But he is worth keeping an eye on should Pietrangelo miss more than a few games.

The injury-ravaged Blues didn’t score because they ran into Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has been one of fantasy’s top goalies. The Bolts’ keeper stopped all 32 shots he faced in earning the win in this battle of conference leaders. Vasilevskiy is the first goalie to reach 20 wins this season, as he holds an immaculate 20-4-1 record following this win and shutout.

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Continuing our theme on injuries, Taylor Hall left Tuesday’s game in the third period with a knee injury. But at least he scored two goals to help the Devils in a convincing 5-1 win over Los Angeles. Don’t forget that Hall is a decorated <