Ramblings: Boeser Unscratched, Binnington Struggling Again, Domi Bouncing Back (Dec 4)

Ian Gooding

2022-12-04

Brock Boeser was supposed to be a healthy scratch on Saturday, but a morning skate injury to Dakota Joshua meant that Boeser was re-inserted into the lineup. Boeser had been held without a point with a minus-3 in the three games leading up to Saturday, although he had a nine-game point streak prior to that.

Bruce Boudreau has tried nearly everything to try to send a message to his underachieving lineup, with both Conor Garland and Andrei Kuzmenko already being healthy scratched for one game each earlier this season. A three-game point slump is usually not a reason to scratch a scorer, so the issues are more with Boeser's defensive play. This is an example of the real-life game and the fantasy game not perfectly intersecting, as a rosterable fantasy player being healthy scratched is not unheard of. For what it's worth, Boeser was a team-worst minus-14 entering Saturday's game, but he scored the game-tying goal and finished with a plus-1.

More on Boeser: According to Elliotte Friedman, Boeser's representatives have been given permission to talk to other teams. That action is usually taken when a team is trying to expedite a trade. Given the unsettled situation in Vancouver, it looks like Boeser's time as a Canuck could come to an end soon.

Speaking of Garland, he has not scored a goal since October 27, which is a span of 17 games.

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