Ramblings: Quick and Vanek Injured; Early Shot and Goal Rates – November 1

Michael Clifford

2018-11-01

 

We only had one game on Wednesday night, and no it wasn’t because of Halloween. If my math is right, Game 7 of the World Series would have been yesterday evening had the Los Angeles Dodgers been able to muster some sort of fight. Alas, it was not, and all we had was the lone late game, Chicago in Vancouver.

The Canucks took a 4-2 win from the Blackhawks thanks to a pair of goals from Jake Virtanen. The 22-year old now has five goals in 12 games on the season. He’s shooting a little over 18 percent so that will obviously come down, but he’s also skating under 13 minutes a game. Just be on the look out for him to earn some more ice time soon. Surely, he must.

Patrick Kane was a scratch with an illness.

Brandon Saad scored his third goal of the season, which isn’t a lot for 13 games. Remember, though, how bad his start to the season was. At one point it looked like he might be a healthy scratch and he spent a few games on the fourth line. Of late, he has four points in five games, skating at least 18 minutes in each contest.

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Let’s get to some news.

 

Los Angeles announced goalie Jonathan Quick is out indefinitely following surgery for a torn meniscus. In his stead, Jack Campbell would be the pickup to make, if he's available. The rough timeline right now could be up until the middle of December for Quick's recovery. 

 

Thomas Vanek was injured on Tuesday night and left the game. The initial timeline is that he would miss 2-3 weeks with whatever is ailing him. Needless to say, the Wings can ill-afford to lose forward depth. I’m not sure there’s anyone on that roster worth grabbing to fill his minutes.

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Pekka Rinne was activated off the IR and should be good to go for Nashville’s next game, which comes Thursday in Tampa Bay. The team only has two games in the next six days and only one back to back in the next six weeks so expect Juuse Saros to be on the bench a lot. Maybe they decide to save Rinne a bit, maybe not. I tend to lean in the direction of coaches over-using their starting goalie.

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Jakub Vrana is once again skating on the top line in practice for the Caps. While they’re going through a rotation of players with Tom Wilson still suspended for the next few weeks, it’ll be interesting to see if Vrana can stick there for the time being. He’s definitely shown well enough to earn longer than a one game look.

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