Ramblings: Injured Avalanche; Boychuk update; DeBrincat’s scoring; Dunn’s season – March 5

Michael Clifford

2020-03-05

Both Andre Burakovsky and Cale Makar were out of the lineup for Colorado on Wednesday night. The team seems to think Makar is closer to returning than Burakovsky is. On the bright side (I think?), Gabriel Landeskog was able to play with a broken nose. I know a lot of teams are going through injuries, but it would be really nice to see this full lineup be completely healthy by the time playoffs roll around.

Mikko Rantanen was also skating, though in a non-contact jersey, so he'll need a lot more time.

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After what could have been a gruesome skate-cut injury, Johnny Boychuk was at Islanders practice on Wednesday. He wasn't partaking in practice, obviously, but the fact that he's released and with the team is a very good sign, and a big relief for not only himself, family, and team, but the hockey community at large. That was a scary, scary incident.

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A memo for cap league owners: the NHL expects the salary cap to be somewhere in the $84-$88M range next year. To be safe, expecting that to be on the lower end is probably a good idea. Better to have extra cap space that you don't immediately need to use than too little.

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James van Riemsdyk suffered an injured hand during their game against Washington on Wednesday night, and coach Alain Vigneault did not seem optimistic about the x-rays that were done. Seems likely that Joel Farabee should be on his way back to the team if JvR misses any games, which also seems likely.

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The Flyers took that game 5-2 and it was a game that looked like a three-goal margin. We had very good efforts from Kevin Hayes (1+1 with five shots and two PIMs) and Ivan Provorov (1+1 with two shots and two blocks). Not that it was a good night at the office for the Caps as a whole, but Braden Holtby's save percentage is now well under .900.

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I had been wondering why