Ramblings: Kane Stays Hot; Laine, Weber & Rinne Shine; Injury Updates (Feb 24)

Alexander MacLean

2021-02-24

We had a typical Tuesday night with six games on the docket plus some other news, so get comfy, grab your coffee, tea, or drink of choice, and let's get rolling.

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The NHL rescheduled 31 games to help fit the schedule in around the constantly shifting Covid landscape. You can find all of the details here, but the main thing to note is that none of the games were pushed to or from the next week, so none of your immediate schedule planning changes. Additionally, the Central is seeing a few more games leak past the May 8th end of the fantasy season. Games past that date are unlikely to be counted in fantasy leagues, but double check with your commissioner and your league service provider. 

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No Injury Ward this year from Brennan Des, so I'm going to try and cover a few relevant injury thoughts here to pick up the slack. Your injury update expert will be back next Wednesday for the full recap. 

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Teuvo Teravainen sustained a concussion in Monday's game against Tampa Bay. Timelines are tricky at the best of times, but he's currently not travelling with the team, so expect him to miss at least a week. Watch for Warren Foegele to get a short-term bump. 

The outlook is a little worse for Carl Gunnarsson who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The 34-year-old will become a UFA, and may have played his last game for the Blues. He wasn't a mainstay in fantasy lineups, but he will remain in Blues lore as the first player in team history to score a game winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final. Add to that an injury to Colton Parayko, and we will likely see some added ice time for Vince Dunn, and a full-time lineup spot for Niko Mikkola.

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Nico Hischier is now scoreless in three games, but he'll be an excellent fantasy asset when he gets going. Maybe a buy-low window opening for a future 60-70-point player. He was named the newest captain of the New Jersey Devils franchise as Ian Gooding covered on Sunday. Hischier becomes the youngest current captain in the NHL, but Connor McDavid remains the youngest player to be named as captain in NHL history. This led me down a rabbit hole when I realized that the claim for the oldest is not as easy to find. Google doesn't actually have an easy answer to pop up there, and it takes some digging. I'll share the answer that I found at the end, but mull it over now and see what you can come up with. 

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