Ramblings: Bruins Games Postponed, Fading Freddy, Lehner Returns (Mar 20)

Ian Gooding

2021-03-20

With five players now in COVID protocol, the NHL has cancelled the Bruins' next two games. These include today's (Saturday's) game against Buffalo and Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders. David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, and Craig Smith have joined Sean Kuraly on the COVID protocol list.

Unless you're talking about top-tier options like Brad Marchand or Patrice Bergeron (not Pastrnak, since he's on the protocol list), you're probably better off benching any Bruins in weekly leagues next week in case further games are postponed. The Bruins will be able to reopen their facilities on Wednesday pending test results.

Keep in mind that the Bruins' next game on Thursday is also scheduled to be against the Islanders. If this game is also postponed, the Isles would be knocked down from four games to two next week. For more on the upcoming schedule, see this week's Looking Ahead.

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Alex Galchenyuk made his Leafs debut on Friday, playing on a scoring line with John Tavares and William Nylander. His results were much like those of his most recent stops, as he was held without a point to go with a minus-2 in 11 minutes. If you're looking for a positive, Galchenyuk took three shots and three hits, so it looks like he brought some energy. If he can't make it on a scoring line, then he's going to be back in the press box in short order. He's probably worth taking a flier on in a deeper league (currently 9 percent owned in Yahoo leagues), but you'll also want him on a very short leash.

Wayne Simmonds also returned to lineup on Friday, recording an assist on Jason Spezza's goal while taking six hits. He had been out of lineup since early February with a broken wrist. Simmonds was on a line with Spezza and Pierre Engvall, which doesn't make him as intriguing an option as Galchenyuk in the short term. However, Simmonds could still be useful in bangers leagues.

Frederik Andersen now has losses in five of his last six starts, along with Really Bad Starts in three of his last five starts. That includes allowing four goals on 18 shots against Calgary. Andersen admitted earlier this week he wasn't 100% and still playing through the lower-body injury that forced him to miss a bit of time earlier this season. It might be best for the Leafs to give him some rest