OH NO HOSSA
While the early word on Marian Hossa’s upper-body injury is that it’s “not bad,” it’s still a bit exhausting to see the 34-year-old get banged up once more. Amazingly, he’s played in 28 games so far this season despite two (and now three) incidents in which he’s seemingly been hurt.
There’s allegedly even a chance he might play on Wednesday. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, although Hossa’s proven me wrong once or twice already this season.
PLUS AND MINUSES
I’ve mentioned it before, but it begs repeated mentions: plus/minus is a joke stat, although I will admit that it’s one that’s at least difficult to drop in fantasy because of its deeply ingrained status.
It’s pretty funny to see how much team quality impacts the number though. Take for instance, the polar opposites between a few defensemen.
On one hand, you have surprise successes Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Souray, who share the league leading among defensemen with +19 marks. Before 2011-12, Souray wasn’t even in the NHL for contract reasons while Beauchemin was struggling with life after Chris Pronger/Scott Niedermayer, bouncing from the Maple Leafs back to the Ducks and generally looking like a mediocre piece.
Looking at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Florida Panthers are facing questions because Brian Campbell sports a -20 rating (and I’m required to mention that he gets paid too much). Panicking about that mark seems pretty silly when you consider the sorry lot of a team around him, but that’s sports “analysis” for you.
Some major-enough injury setbacks that deserve above-the-grouping treatment: Kyle Quincey could miss up to the rest of this season with a fractured cheekbone while David Booth appears to have a high-ankle sprain.
INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS
Martin Brodeur is targeting Thursday for his return. The Devils have been sliding without him, even if Johan Hedberg seems to have gotten his act together a bit … Andy McDonald could be back tonight. Still, he’s so injury prone that you have to admit he’s in the “Told ya so” category at this point … Sounds like David Krejci’s issues aren’t too serious … Martin Havlat was activated from the IR, but who’s he fooling? … Ray Whitney could be a nice find, especially if he plays with Loui Eriksson and/or Jamie Benn often … Ray Emery got a win. We’ll see if that means he gets close to half the starts going forward. It might be more like one out of every three, though … Jordan Staal thinks Marc Staal might actually play again this season. Not so sure about that prognosis, honestly … It looked like Victor Hedman and Ryan Malone were banged up by Zac Rinaldo hits on Monday. Not a great sign if those end up being serious.