Radko Gudas is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and the two could be meeting again in the very near future.
Early in tonight’s Flyers-Devils game, Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey forward Bobby Farnham.
This, of course, is the latest in a series of transgressions from the Philly blueliner.
Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.
That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.
It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.
Jordan Weal‘s time in Philly’s been interrupted… before it ever got started, really.
Weal, acquired from L.A. in the Vinny Lecavalier–Luke Schenn deal, will miss the next three weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced on Tuesday.
The news comes after Weal played just his third game as a Flyer on Saturday, against New Jersey. Since being acquired on Jan. 6, Weal has been scratched for 14 of Philly’s 17 games.
A talented scorer at the AHL level — he was last year’s Calder Cup MVP, scoring 22 points in 19 games for Manchester — Weal hasn’t had a ton of success at the big league level yet. He’s scoreless in 13 career games, all of which have come this season.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Weal moving forward. He turns 24 in April and will be a restricted free agent come July, meaning his chances to show something with the Flyers will be few.
The Montreal Canadiens didn’t need any more bad news.
But on Tuesday, they got some anyway.
Center David Desharnais, fourth among all Habs forwards in assists this year, was in a walking boot after taking a Tom Gilbert shot during Monday’s 6-2 beating in Arizona — dropping the Canadiens to 8-22-1 over their last 31 games — and won’t play tomorrow when Montreal takes on Colorado.
Desharnais has been a lightning rod in Montreal this year — he’s one of head coach Michel Therrien’s favorite forwards, but isn’t exactly a fan favorite. Undeterred, Therrien has continued to use the diminutive pivot quite a bit, as Desharnais averages over 16 minutes a night and is second on the club in faceoff duty, trailing only Tomas Plekanec.
With Desharnais out, Montreal’s lines looked like this on Tuesday:
Alex Galchenyuk–Tomas Plekanec–Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty—Lars Eller—Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron–Jacob De La Rose–Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann/Lucas Lessio—Torrey Mitchell—Devante Smith-Pelly
A decidedly young feel in the latest installment of Goals of the Week.
Filip Forsberg, 21, is the resident greybeard, but only when stacked up against the No. 1 and No. 2 picks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft — 19-year-olds Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.
Probably worth mentioning this is McDavid’s second straight Goals of the Week appearance. He’s quite good at the hockey.