Ramblings: Updates on Shesterkin and Kuemper; Zibanejad, Laine, and Hall – March 23

Michael Clifford

2021-03-23

Tyler Toffoli slated to miss Montreal's game on Monday night, which would have marked his second consecutive game out of the lineup. The guy with 18 goals in 30 games is going to be sorely missed if this persists. One of Montreal's strengths is being able to roll out three lines that can score. If he's not in the lineup, it takes more than just a goal scorer away. It effectively changes the entire composition of the team

Anyway, there are a bunch of past-tense verbs in that paragraph because Edmonton/Montreal was postponed due to COVID protocols. On the Montreal front, both Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia hit the COVID list. On the heels of all of Boston's problems, it's a reminder that this is still around and still a very big problem for the NHL.

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Noah Dobson is still not in the lineup for the Islanders. This is a team starting to go through it with injuries, but they've built themselves a nice cushion in the East.

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An update on Igor Shesterkin:

Good news, fantasy owners! He will be back sometime this week, it appears. Not a moment too soon as the Rangers really appear to be finding their footing. This could be a big second half for Igor if they stick with him as the starter.

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For more goalie news, an update on Darcy Kuemper:

This is bad news for Kuemper, but good news for Antti Raanta's fantasy owners. Provided Raanta can stay healthy, he's probably the starter until Kuemper gets back. The concern is th