Ramblings: Komeback Karlsson, Necas Hot Start, Struggling Reinhart (Oct 30)

Ian Gooding

2022-10-30

Jake Oettinger has had a fantastic start, so it would be a shame if he were to miss time due to injury. Oettinger left Saturday's matinee match with the Rangers in the second period with a lower-body injury. According to Mike Heika of the team's website, Oettinger is expected to "see doctors and we'll know more on Monday." If you're in a weekly league, you should probably make other plans in net for next week.

Scott Wedgewood took over from Oettinger, allowing four goals on 17 shots in an eventual 6-3 loss to the Rangers. Wedgewood is one option if Oettinger is on your team, and he has shown better than he was on Saturday (.910 SV% with NJ/ARI/DAL last season).

Vincent Trocheck entered Saturday's game with a three-game point drought. He snapped that slump with two goals and an assist, giving him nine points in nine games. Playing in New York agrees with Trocheck so far, as he has been centering Artemi Panarin's line while also logging first-unit power-play minutes. Trocheck's shot total is also way up from last season, as he is averaging 3.7 SOG/GP and has no fewer than three shots in any game this season.

Maybe keeping Karlsson isn't such a bad idea? Erik Karlsson was at it again on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals on five shots, giving him six goals and 11 points in 11 games this season. Immediately following his Saturday game, Karlsson was the league leader in both goals and points among defensemen. It seems as though he still has something left in the tank, although I'm still wary about the next injury. Whether you drafted Karlsson or not, this is great to see.

I hate to throw cold water on the Karlsson story, but there's a reality check beyond the obvious injury risk. Karlsson's six goals comes over his last eight games, which is scorching hot yet clearly unsustainable. Karlsson's shooting percentage currently sits at 22%, which is sky high for a defenseman. He has taken 12 shots over his last two games, which helps his cause. If he can continue shooting the puck on net, then the regression won't be as significant and you'll see more