Ramblings: Ottawa’s COVID Problem Grows; Calgary’s New Line; Makar’s Return – November 12
The hits just keep coming for Ottawa as the team added Alex Formenton, Nikita Zaitsev, and Matt Murray to the COVID list. That now gives them nine players and a coach on that list for the time being, which began Thursday night against Los Angeles. The game went on as scheduled, despite the talk that there might be some postponements.
For us, this gives us a clear indication of how the NHL is going to handle COVID this year. If nine players from the roster isn't enough for a postponement, then it's unlikely we're to see any postponements this year. We are talking nearly half a starting roster out of the lineup and the game going on with, potentially, more cases to come.
One thing I wonder is how opponents feel about this? Los Angeles has had their own COVID issues already. I assume that the team doesn't have an issue with the risk, but with Viktor Arvidsson and Drew Doughty already out, could they afford a two-week absence from Anze Kopitar? Maybe their hands are kind of tied here by the league, but again, at least we know games won't be postponed moving forward.
Calgary changed up the second line for the game on Thursday night, with Sean Monahan flanked by Blake Coleman and Andrew Mangiapane. That is an interesting combination and because I love talking player chemistry, let's talk about the potential of that trio.
First, the wingers are both very good. From Evolving Hockey, their offensive and defensive impacts: