Jordan Staal and Bill Guerin are both likely to be game-time
decisions tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, although it appears
that Staal is much closer to returning.
When he does return, he’ll use the same skates he was wearing
when he was was cut by P.K Subban’s skate blade, which he says makes
skating much easier with the injury. Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazzette, has this quote from Staal on what happened immediately
after the hit.
“I went to the bench. I looked down. It wasn’t looking good. So I
went to the [dressing] room and took the skate off. I knew it wasn’t
just a cut. I went straight to the hospital, had a little surgery, went
home and had a good sleep.”
While Dan Bylsma has maintained that Staal was day-to-day all along,
it seems that Staal did surprise them when he returned to the ice as
soon as he did.
Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat