Ramblings: Updates on Schultz and Kahun; Buchnevich; Bjork; scoring rates – January 21

Michael Clifford

2020-01-21

 

Justin Schultz was in a regular jersey for the Penguins in practice on Monday. He’s been out over a month with a lower-body injury. The team has a game Tuesday night in Philadelphia and then is off until after the All-Star Game. It would make sense that they give him that extra week to work on his own and get as close to game shape as possible. It’s not as if they’re falling out of playoff contention and absolutely need every game from him at the moment.

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Staying with the Penguins, Dominik Kahun has been diagnosed with a concussion. As mentioned, the Penguins are going to hit their break after a game on Tuesday night so Kahun will have lots of time off to recuperate for the stretch run. Of course, concussions are a fickle thing, so how much time he’ll actually need to recover is not certain.

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Both Frans Nielsen and Mike Green left Detroit’s Monday afternoon loss in Colorado with an upper-body injury, though there was no update on either postgame. Not that either player has a lot of fantasy value this year, but this could change Detroit’s approach to the trade deadline if Green’s is a serious injury.

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We had a pretty good game – or at least an exciting comeback – over the weekend between Vegas and Montreal. The latter had a two-goal lead with two minutes left on the clock and blew it, only to win in the shootout. Watching the game, it stood out to me just how good Jonathan Marchessault is. I know, hot take and all, but what I noticed is that it seems Marchessault does something positive for his team every shift. Maybe something unexpected, even. Whether it’s digging out a puck on the boards, batting a pass out of mid-air, or a backcheck to break up an opportunity, it seems like he manages to contribute something to his squad every time he hits the ice. There’s no floating or half-inspired backcheck efforts. I’m not foolish enough to think he plays at 100 percent speed every shift, but he seems to pick his moments to have an impact. It’s impressive.

Anyway, that got me looking up some of his stats this year and here’s something that stuck out to me: he’s second among all players in the league (minimum 50 minutes at 5-on-4) in shot rate on the power play behind teammate Max Pacioretty. Despite that shot rate, Ma