Ramblings: Updates on Andersen, Nyquist; Palmieri/Zajac; Gallagher, Wheeler, and Jenner out – April 8

Michael Clifford

2021-04-08

Rick Bowness was cleared to return to the team following a false-positive COVID test. This seemed like a likely case of a false positive as it became public that he and some members of the team had already been vaccinated, but it's always good to get clarity in these situations. Good for Bowness.

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Mike Hoffman was a healthy scratch on Wednesday night. We have seen a lot of this around the league this year and I have to think the schedule and travel is playing a factor here. Just the grind of this season in particular, really.

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A quick Frederik Andersen update:

There are a couple factors at play here. First, the Leafs can probably walk to a division title for the balance of the season, so there's no rush to get any injured player back. Also, Jack Campbell has been great in his tenure this year. Giving Andersen all the time he needs makes sense, and he's probably not even the starter anymore.

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It doesn't appear as though Brendan Gallagher will require surgery on his fractured thumb, which is good news, but he is on LTIR and will be out at least six weeks. He may be fine for playoffs but that will be pushing the timeline depending when the North Division can fit in all their games.

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