Ramblings: Vezina Candidates; Batherson, Ekholm, Werenski & More

Alexander MacLean

2021-03-03

We had a busier and earlier Tuesday night with eight games all starting before 8:30pm EST, so I was able to catch the end of all of them. That means I have some thoughts! Get comfy, grab your coffee, tea, or drink of choice, and let's get rolling.

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The big news of the day was Sidney Crosby landing on the NHL Covid list. With Crosby out for an unknown amount of time (though hopefully it's only contact tracing), this could be the opportunity Evgeni Malkin owners have been waiting for in order to get his season back on track. He picked up a single assist last night.

Kaapo Kakko was also taken off of the list, which is great news for the 19-year-old because as a Type-1 Diabetic, he would be more likely to have severe symptoms. He was showing some flashes of really getting comfortable too. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off.

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The Predators also had some injury news, with Ryan Johansen added to the Covid list, while Ryan Ellis and Luke Kunin are going to be out with various ailments. Hopefully like we saw in San Jose when Tomas Hertl was added to the list, this is contained to just the one player. The Central Division can only afford to have so lose so many more games before some just aren't re-scheduled. 

The absences provide some opportunity for a few fringe players to break into the lineup – players that were set to play a role before David Poile went on a late-offseason shopping spree that is. Tanner Jeannot and Mathieu Olivier got the first look, but only 15 combined minutes, so expect a few different names to rotate through for the forwards. 

The main names to keep an eye on are on defence, with Dante Fabbro playing on the top pairing with Roman Josi, he could see an uptick in offensive deployment. On the third pairing,