Ramblings: Kadri Hurt, Who Benefits If He Misses Time? (Dec 29)

steve laidlaw

2017-12-29

 

If you scooped up Anton Forsberg to fill in for Corey Crawford you got smacked by Brock Boeser, Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek who combined to score all five of Vancouver’s goals. Forsberg was not and is not an option I’d run with in goal unless forced to do so out of desperation. Any goalie can go on a run, but he has been bad running his record to 1-5-3. I wonder if we hear from Jeff Glass. The Blackhawks need another option.

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Vanek’s five-point night gives him 10 points in the last four games. He has a four-point game and a five-point game in that stretch. Exposure to the Brock Boes Monster has helped, but we know that Vanek can score in bunches. I doubt that he is a sustainable solution, especially with the Canucks’ upcoming schedule offering challenges. They have a seven-game road swing coming up in January. While it is broken up by their bye week, it will still be a rough stretch.

If you can find a way to get Vanek to fit into your regular lineup use him, but I suspect that with only two games between now and next Saturday, you’d get better volume from another waiver wire option.

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Nazem Kadri left last night’s game and did not return. You have to figure we’re talking about a head injury considering the video evidence:

 

The post-game speculation is that this may not be all that serious, with Kadri merely suffering a neck injury. He may not miss any action. Stay tuned.

Patrick Marleau awakened from quite the slumber with two goals and three points. He had previously scored two points in 10 December games. This ups his ratio a bit. Marleau benefitted from Kadri’s absence, jumping onto the top PP unit and could go on a nice little run. That being said, Kadri has yet to score in December, going 11 straight without a point so those top PP minutes are no guarantee of points.

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Jakob Chychrun was Arizona’s top minute muncher last night leading the team in overall ice time (25:05). Chychrun also received 6:10 on the PP, more than Olive