Devan Dubnyk, the Edmonton Oilers goaltender who has finally seemed
to be the spark the team needed, will not be able to play tonight as
he’s been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder. He won’t even be
able to be the backup to Jeff Deslauriers, since the disease is very
The only issue is the team is struggling to find a
backup option on such short notice, according to Joanne Ireland of the
Edmonton Journal. Torrie Jung of the Edmonton Oil Kings isn’t an option
since the team is on the West Coast, there isn’t enough time get Bryan
Pitton up from the Springfield Falcons.
Another stumbling block is
that any player stepping in would have to use NHL-sanctioned goalie
pads, so it can’t just be some local men’s league player either. Unless
he can fit into Dubnyk’s pads, which is something that Jung did earlier
this season. Problem is, Dubnyk is 6-foot-5.
could throw him into Devan’s equipment but we’d have to look for
him,” Quinn said. “I don’t know what the answer is yet. In the old days,
the trainers would do it. (Equipment manager Barrie Stafford) didn’t
want to do it but (medical trainer Ken Lowe) said he would.”
If one of the trainers steps into Dubnyk’s gear, I can only imagine
what would happen if Deslauriers were hurt in the game. The Oilers would
probably just forfeit.
No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.
Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.
They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.
On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.
Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.
Perhaps some of that has to do with health?
Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.
The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.
“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”
He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.
You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.
Here are the handy links for the two contests.
First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.
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After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.
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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.
Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.
“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”
Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.
Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.
Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.
Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer