Out with the old, in with the new.
That’s the strategy Ottawa will employ this evening as it looks to win its second consecutive game against Montreal and keep the series (currently 3-1 in favor of the Habs) alive — veteran Chris Neil, who played in Games 3 and 4, will be dropped from the lineup in favor of Alex Chiasson, who hasn’t played since Game 2.
Neil, 35, was a non-factor in each of the last two outings, and only played 6:06 in Game 4.
Chiasson, 24, fits with the youth movement that head coach Dave Cameron implemented upon taking the gig from Paul MacLean, and continues to push today; only two Senators in the lineup tonight are over the age of 30 (winger Milan Michalek and goalie Craig Anderson).
Meanwhile, the likes of Curtis Lazar (19 years old), Cody Ceci (21), Mika Zibanejad (21), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (22) and Calder nominee Mark Stone (22) continue to see significant minutes.
Following Winnipeg’s sweep at the hands of Anaheim on Wednesday, head coach Paul Maurice said the club was dealing with as many as eight significant injuries during the playoffs.
Turns out Jacob Trouba had one of them.
Trouba broke his left hand in Game 2 of the opening-round series, per the Winnipeg Sun. The injury will require surgery and sideline the young d-man for approximately 6-8 weeks, ruling him out of potential participation with Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships (May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.)
The 21-year-old struggled over the final three games of the series, so it’s not entirely surprising to hear he was hurt. That said, the nature of the injury is fairly significant — trying to play D with a broken hand? — and Trouba deserves plenty of credit for gutting it out and logging the minutes he did. He skated over 20 in Games 2 and 3 before seeing just 16:15 in the deciding Game 4.
This could partially explain why Trouba was danced around on Emerson Etem’s outrageous solo effort in Wednesday’s loss.
During today’s locker clear-out, captain Andrew Ladd also revealed he’s been playing with a sports hernia. Oh, and here are the rest of the injuries, per head coach Paul Maurice…
The Dallas Stars have locked in one of the assets acquired from the Erik Cole deadline deal, signing forward Mattias Janmark to a two-year deal.
The contract, announced via Twitter by agency Uptown Sports, is worth $1.46M and of the two-way variety, according to TVA Sports. That puts the Swede — taken 79th overall by Detroit at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — on a $734,000 average annual cap hit though, per reports from SHL club Frolunda, he is expected to play in Europe next season.
That said, the Stars are getting a look at Janmark now, as he’s been brought over to participate in the Calder Cup playoffs with AHL Texas. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares; he, along with Mattias Backman, were the two pieces Dallas acquired for Cole and Janmark has proven to be a good scorer in Sweden, racking up 36 points in 55 games this season.