Ramblings: Tkachuk Injured, Crawford Returns, Game Recaps, and Early Shot Rates – October 18

Michael Clifford

2018-10-18

 

There was a lot of injury and lineup information that came out Wednesday so let's not waste any time getting to it. 

 

Brady Tkachuk is going to be out of Ottawa’s lineup for about a month with a leg injury. It was suffered on this hit, apparently:

 

It’s a blow for Tkachuk, the Sens, fans, and fantasy owners. He had six points and 14 shots in four games, a great start for the rookie. If you were using him, he was probably a late-round pick so the waiver wire replacement value is low. Let’s hope he’s fine when he returns.

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Jonathan Huberdeau has been demoted to the fourth line with Troy Brouwer taking his place. I assume this is just a temporary issue as the coach said he had been unhappy with the play of the second line. Don’t expect this to last long.

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Anthony Mantha was also on the fourth line, or the third line, whichever you want to list a line centred by Christoffer Ehn. Detroit is a mess and this only makes things worse.

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In other Red Wings news, Trevor Daley will return for Thursday’s game. Not sure there’s much fantasy relevance here directly, but it’ll be interesting to see how Dennis Cholowski’s ice time will be affected as the Red Wings blue line starts to get healthy.

In the same update, Mike Green will need at least another couple weeks so if Daley doesn’t take Cholowski’s spot on the power play, it should be safe to the end of the month. Beyond that, well, who knows what Blashill is thinking.  

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In a much-awaited return, <