Ramblings: Crosby; MacKinnon; Defencemen Scoring Goals – November 29

Michael Clifford

2018-11-29

 

The long-awaited return of Auston Matthews came Wednesday night. He was just waiting to be cleared medically, which he was, and he was in the Toronto lineup for the first time in 17 games.

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Kevan Miller took a puck to the throat in the team’s game Monday night. Official word came down Wednesday morning that he had suffered torn cartilage in his larynx and will be out more than a month. He had just returned from injury, too. It’s been a tough year for Miller, and the Boston defence as a whole.

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Ryan Donato was recalled by the Bruins and was slotted, at times, on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk in practice. Whether or not that’s where he slots remains to be seen. We should get a more definitive answer sometime Thursday.

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Staying with the Bruins, word is that the team is close to agreeing to a deal with Jan Kovar. You’ll remember Kovar signed a two-year deal to come from the KHL and play with the Islanders but never cracked the roster and the team released him (check this). Close enough that Kovar was practicing with Boston on Wednesday. There could be some fantasy value in deeper leagues if he lines up with talented wingers on the third line but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there

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Evgeny Kuznetsov skated with his teammates on Wednesday but was in a non-contact jersey. All the same, he’s taking the steps necessary to return so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him on the ice for next week. Those in weekly leagues keep an eye out.

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Florida coach Bob Boughner said there’s a chance that Roberto Luongo could return this weekend. He had suffered a knee injury in his most recent appearance but it doesn’t appear that it’ll be a long-term issue. Good news for fantasy owners.

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The long-awaited return of Auston Matthews came Wednesday night. He was just waiting to be cleared medically, which he