As if there wasn’t enough pressure on the Boston Bruins for tonight’s
rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins, now it seems they may be
without a good chunk of their roster in a critical game. Blake Wheeler,
Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk all missed this morning’s skate with
flu-like symptoms, and could be out for tonight’s game. Reports Joe Haggerty of NECN.com:
All three are question marks for tonight against the Penguins, and
may just force Andrew Ference into the lineup with a troublesome groin
that’s been giving him problems. B’s coach Claude Julien said that
Ference was a possibility for tonight’s game after missing the last zz
games after blowing out his groin.
The Bruins are coming home from a long road trip and are gearing
up for what could be an incredibly emotional game against the Penguins.
Now it’s the flu that’s hitting the locker room, just another bit of
adversity for the team to fight through. That’s all. No worries, right?
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?