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Tyler Myers is out vs. Toronto tonight

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The Sabres’ loss to Pittsburgh last night turned out to bad news for a different reason.

Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said Myers is out of tonight’s game thanks to a foot injury suffered last night.  In Myers’ stead, T.J. Brennan and Brayden McNabb were each called up to try and fill out his position. Ruff says that Myers is day-to-day with the injury.

Myers has had his share of health issues this season but he’s started to get his game back in shape recently. Brennan and McNabb both in the house for tonight’s game, thanks to fellow defenseman Mike Weber being listed as questionable. Nothing ever comes easy for the Sabres on defense.

Blues haven’t been this healthy in two years

Andy McDonald

It might be a bit much to call the St. Louis Blues “100 percent” healthy. That’s very much a relative term at this point in a grueling 82-game regular season.

Still, relatively speaking, Jeremy Rutherford points out that this the first time the Blues will enjoy their full roster’s strength since March 3 … 2010. That’s a whopping 160-game span.

Of course, this is assuming that a bundle of Blues return on Saturday won’t have any setbacks. Andy McDonald, Roman Polak and Matt D’Agostini are the players expected to come back to the fold. (Polak has been sidelined especially long, but McDonald is likely the biggest impact player.)

Obviously, the Blues have managed just fine while piecing together that roster as they currently lead the league with 106 standings points. Still, T.J. Oshie marveled at an already-deep team’s staggering depth after watching everyone in action during practice.

“I was in the middle of one of the drills (at Friday’s practice) … we were doing 5 on 5 and it seemed like every line was battling with every line,” Oshie said. “It wasn’t one line dominating another. I looked over at (Carlo Colaiacovo) and I said, ‘We’ve got a really deep team when everybody is out here.'”

Want an idea of what the Blues might look like at “100 percent” strength? Here are Rutherford’s expected line combinations for Saturday:


Alex Steen-David Backes-T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald-Patrik Berglund-David Perron
Vladimir Sobotka-Jason Arnott-Jamie Langenbrunner
Matt D’Agostini-Scott Nichol-Chris Stewart

Extras: B.J. Crombeen, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Chris Porter


Carlo Colaiacovo-Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell-Roman Polak

Extras: Kent Huskins, Ian Cole


Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott

Naturally, Ken Hitchcock faces his latest coaching challenge in mixing all these “new” ingredients properly, but that’s likely a good problem to have. It’s not a very familiar one for St. Louis, though.

Sidney Crosby takes puck to face, leaves “trail of blood” (Update: he’s back)

Marc Staal, Sidney Crosby

It’s obviously very early in the process, but Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby left the ice bloodied after taking a puck to the face.

Update: Arthur Staple reports that Crosby didn’t take very long to return and that his mouth took the “brunt” of the abuse. For the time being, it looks like Crosby and the Penguins dodged an injury bullet.

It looked scary at first, though, as you can see from these Tweets. First, NHL.com’s Brian Compton captures the unsettling initial scene:

“Crosby hit in the face with a puck, leaves a trail of blood.”

Pittsburgh beat writer Josh Yohe provides an idea of how much blood was lost:

“Lengthy delay as Islanders ice girls have trouble removing Crosby’s blood from the ice.”

It all seems OK, though.

It looks like Tomas Vokoun may be injured again

Tomas Vokoun, Jeff Skinner

While it’s not a certainty, obvious body language – shaking his head in apparent frustration, leaving the ice in an instant – indicates that Tomas Vokoun aggravated his groin injury tonight. The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno ranks among the people who feel strongly that it’s not just a skate issue for a goalie who missed 13 games with that ailment.

Whyno also points out that Braden Holtby left the press box to essentially back up Michal Neuvirth on an emergency basis, which just strengthens the possibility that Vokoun is injured.

The first period ended as a good news/bad news scenario for the Washington Capitals in another big game (this time against the Bruins in Boston). Admittedly, the atmosphere leans toward the negative, though.

Bad news: Jason Chimera received a game misconduct for a significant charging hit on Adam McQuaid, who was banged up after the hit.

Good news: Vokoun helped the Capitals kill most of the five-minute major penalty that resulted, leaving the net with somewhere around 40 seconds of PK time remaining.

Bad news: Vokoun likely tweaked that injury during the kill.

Neutral: The first period ended 0-0, which all things considered (particularly the 7-2 shot disparity in favor of Boston), might just be good news.

Update: CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports that Vokoun won’t return to the game – and even goes as far as to wonder if it’s “the last” the team will see of the banged-up netminder. (In a Capitals uniform, at least.)

Evgeni Nabokov might not be able to help your fantasy team

New York Rangers v New York Islanders

Evgeni Nabokov’s future with the New York Islanders will surprisingly be extended into next season, but there’s a chance fans might not see much more of him this season. Katie Strang reports that Nabokov left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and did not return.

The Islanders went on to win, hurting the Penguins while simultaneously helping the New York Rangers in the process.

They also damaged their chances in the draft lottery, as well, as this win keeps them just outside the bottom five in the NHL at 75 points with six games left.

There’s no word on the severity of Nabokov’s injury, but at this point, they might be better off just letting him rest. He already got his contract extension while, at this point, New York might benefit from trotting out tomato cans so they can continue slipping lower down the ranks and improve their draft lottery odds in the process.

Ultimately, there’s only one two parties that really could benefit from Nabokov coming back: head coach Jack Capuano (to an extent) and fantasy hockey owners (to a much larger degree).