Ramblings: Konecny injured; Kyrou called up; Line scrambling; Hronek – December 10

Michael Clifford

2019-12-10

 

Travis Konecny is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered over the weekend off a hit from Mark Borowiecki.

Konecny was having a fantastic breakout season with 11 goals and 28 points in 30 games, doing so while playing just 16 minutes a night. As always with concussions, there’s no telling how long he’ll be out but let’s hope this isn’t too long. He’s an exciting young talent that the game needs.

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Jordan Kyrou has been recalled by the St. Louis Blues.

Since the start of the 2018 season, Kyrou has 58 points in 63 games as a 20/21-year old in the AHL. He has nothing left to prove at that level. In the past, injuries and a loaded St. Louis forward group helped prevent Kyrou from establishing himself as an NHL regular. A loaded forward group is certainly not the case this year so let’s hope they give Kyrou every opportunity in the top-6 to establish himself.

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Tampa Bay started Monday night’s game against the New York Islanders by putting Steven Stamkos on what would I guess be called the third line? With Cirelli-Killorn-Conacher on the second line. We’ve seen some weird line combinations out of the Bolts this year but this is probably the worst among them. I guess the reasoning being they want to keep him away from the tough matchups the Islanders have? But the Lightning were at home, so…

It couldn't hurt them, could it? Well, Ross Johnston actually scored:

 

Anyway, the Islanders handed the Lightning their lunch to the tune of a 5-1 win. Brock Nelson had a pair of goals, his 10th and 11th of the season. He’s now well on his way to breaking his personal best of 26 goals back in 2015-16. Anders Lee added a goal and an assist to his season’s total, but with just eight of each on the year, he’s well off what we’ve been expecting from him for several seasons now.

Noah Dobson was in the lineup for Nick Leddy but only played about nin