Ramblings: Washington COVID updates; Flyers and Penguins injuries; Tomasino and Granlund – January 22

Michael Clifford

2021-01-22

The bad news for the Flyers just keeps coming. Following Sean Couturier's pec/rib injury, the team announced that Morgan Frost dislocated his left shoulder and will be out for the foreseeable future. It is a brutal break for a guy who may have seen a bigger role with Couturier out. For now, expect a lot of Kevin Hayes.

The team also announced a rib fracture for Phillippe Myers and that will also leave him out of action for a while. He had a great breakout year in 2019-20 and looked to figure into their top-4 for 2021 and beyond. This is a big blow to a blue line that has looked shaky at the outset of the season.

With that Myers news, we learned that Shayne Gostisbehere may return to the lineup once Philly returns home from their current road trip. I am still a big believe in Ghost's skills but he's really running out of time to turn it around in Philly. This season may be his last chance to do so.

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Staying in Pennsylvania, the Penguins will be without Matheson, Pettersson, and Riikola for the foreseeable future. The shortest return could be Pettersson, who is week-to-week. Expect monster minutes for Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin, while Pierre-Olivier Joseph probably gets the call.

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In response to Ilya Samsonov hitting the COVID list with some of his teammates, the Capitals recalled Craig Anderson from the taxi squad. Looking ahead, the Capitals don't have another back-to-back until February 20-21, so that leaves them plenty of time to ride the hot hand of Vitek Vanacek, if they need to. They do have five games in nine days coming up so they might want to rest him, but there's no real need for a split-start situation anytime soon. As long as Vanacek doesn't fall on his face, he should see a lot of starts in the near-term.

Connor McMichael was activated from the taxi squad. The prospect had a good showing at the World Juniors and with all the Caps on the COVID list, he may get a chance in the NHL this season.

Washington finally announced that their COVID protocol players will likely miss at least four games. In that sense, prepare to be without Ovi and the gang for at least the next week. In other words, they ride the pines in weekly leagues next week.

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MacKenzie Blackwood, Jon Merrill, and Sam Gagner have all hit the COVID list as well. Again, this doesn't mean it's a positive t