NHL injuries and info for Tuesday Oct 15-McCabe out, Bure to play

Joe C

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Florida- Panthers are a little banged up and in two meetings in Minnesota, Florida has yet to score a goal. Panthers pk has been suspect allowing 4 goals in 16 penalties but their power play has been very good scoring 5 in 12 attempts, they face a Wild team who are very disciplined taking only 8 penalties in two games having killed off all 8. Coach Mike Keenan is not very happy with the play of Roberto Louongo and will not hestitate to give him the hook should he let in a couple of quick goals. I would think he gets the start. Matteau FW-?, Mezei D-out, Huselius FW-out, Novoseltsev FW-out, Laus D-out. Florida has called up veteran defenseman Igor Ulanov to replace Mezei who broke his ankle.

Minnesota- Wild are playing very well and with a lot of confidence right now. This is the start of a 4 game homestand and the only thing that worries me is Minnesota looking past this game with Dallas then Detroit coming up. Manny Fernandez who's been very sharp so far this year will most likely start since Lemaire likes to alternate, though with Dallas on deck he might stick Roloson in there. Hendrickson FW-out.

Carolina- Canes have not been sharp at all this year and of all teams, this is the team that will be effected most by the new rules. Canes do set picks better then the Raptors and have payed the price allowing 3 power play goals in their loss in Tampa.
Canes have taken 25 penalties in 3 games, that's tough to overcome. The only break their getting is facing a banged up Blues team. Wesley D-?. Kevin Weeks is scheduled to start.

St.Louis- Blues are under a lot of pressure from their fans and ownership. They've been missing Pronger and goalie Brent Johnson so it's not easy for them. Now they are also without goalie Fred Brathwaite who aggravated an earlier groin injury, in his spot will start Reinhard Divis who has very little if any NHL experience. Right now Blues are looking to survive until they get healthy again. Like Carolina the Blues are also struggling in the pk department allowing 4 power play goals in 11 chances, that's about 35% which isn't very good. Corso FW-out, Pronger D-out, Pilon D-out, Johnson G-out, Brathwaite G-out, Nash FW-out.

Nashville- Start of a 3 game road trip so look for a good effort.
Preds are healthy and like their opponent the Isles are looking for their first win. Coach Trotz has said he will make some lineup changes for tonight's game, we'll see. Preds are 3-3 lifetime vs. the Isles having won twice in Long Island. Preds have allowed 4 pp goals in 2 games so look for a more disciplined game tonight. Grimson FW-out, look for Dunham in net.

New York Islanders- Isles did play a much better game vs. the Caps pretty much controlling the whole game allowing the Caps only 14 shots only to lose 2-1. That kind of effort tonight might get them a win. Peca FW-out, Webb FW- ? Haller D-out, Martinek D-out. Look for Osgood to start in net.

Toronto- Leafs are in a 3/4 spot but the first two games were played at home. They are coming off a 5-4 loss at home vs. Pittsburgh and did lose their best defensman in Bryan McCabe.
Toronto has done very well at MSG winning 4 of their last 5 but with Trevor Kidd in net, (whom I'm no fan of) and no McCabe, it'll be tough. Belfour G-out, McCabe D-out, Roberts FW-out.

New York Rangers- Blueshirts are coming off a pathetic 6-0 loss in Pittsburgh. In that game Lindros didn't play because he was suspended but will play tonight. New York was also in a 3/4 that night as well. Rangers should be fresh having been off for two days while Leafs played last night and are in a 3/4. Look for a better effort tonight. Power play is struggling having scored 1 goal in 18 chances but if Bure's back that stat will improve. Karpa D-out, Litner D-out. There is a very good possibility that Pavel Bure will play tonight since he did participate in a full practice yesterday. Also goalie Dan Blackburn has been cleared to play so I'd look for him to start.

Phoenix- Coyotes are in a 3/4 spot tonight and are coming off a brutal hard fought 4-2 win in Columbus. Facing a fresh and tough Sens team there might not be any gas in the tank to beat these guys. Yotes do have numerous injuries and to their credit they gutted out a win. Kolanos FW-out, May FW-out, Savage FW-out,
Simpson D-out, Berehowski D-out. With Brian Boucher starting last night I would think Burke starts in net tonight.

Ottawa- Sens coming off a big 2-1 comeback win in Toronto this past Saturday. This team is healthy and has a big advantage vs. a Phoenix team who went through a physical war vs. the Jackets last night. Ottawa is healthy, look for Lalime to start in net, Neil FW-out.

Phladelphia- Flyers are still patting themselves on the back for their scoring 3 goals in the last 6 minutes to win 5-4 in Calgary. Keith Primeau FW is listed as doubtful for tonight's game, he has a swollen ankle and as of yesterday he couldn't fit his skates on. This is their final game of this road trip and they have won their last 2 trips to Montreal. Primeau FW- doubtful, Somik FW-?. Look for Cechmanek to start in net.

Montreal- Habs are coming off a brutal 6-1 loss vs. Buffalo in Montreal no less. Look for a better effort tonight and they do get Randy McKay in the lineup which will give them some size and toughness up front, Philly has a big edge in this department vs. Montreal. Odjick FW-out, Ribero FW-out, Souray D-out, I'm sure Theodore will start.

Edmonton- Oliers are very happy with their start having played disciplined hockey only taking 10 penalties allowing 1 pp goal in two games. Team is healthy, Green FW-out, look for Salo to start in net.

Dallas- Stars are playing well and are home after winning 5-2 in Phoenix their last game. In that game Ron Tugnutt was in net so I'm sure Turco will start tonight, Arnott FW-out.

Feel free to add any info or correct any mistakes I made.
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Joe C

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St. Louis- here is a little info on Blues goalie for tonight's game,

Blues Notebook: Brathwaite's injury makes Divis a starter
By Derrick Goold
Of the Post-Dispatch
10/14/2002 10:25 PM

Fred Brathwaite's groin made Austrian history Monday.

After the recurrence of a groin strain prematurely ended his practice, Brathwaite slashed his stick against a wall after leaving the ice, reluctantly handing the goaltending chores to Reinhard Divis.

Divis, the Blues' top minor-league goalie last season, will be the first Austrian-born player to start an NHL game when the Blues play Carolina tonight at Savvis Center. It will be his second NHL appearance. He became the first Austrian to play in the NHL last season with 25 minutes vs. Colorado.

"He's patient," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Focused. Relies on his fundamentals. He's just the same, same, same."

During the preseason, Divis owned the Blues' goaltending duties with No. 1 Brent Johnson (high ankle sprain) and Brathwaite (same strained groin) out with injuries. Divis, 27, appeared in six games, posting a 2-2-0 record. He had a .909 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against. In his first four games, he allowed three goals on 55 shots.

The Blues promoted Curtis Sanford from Worcester to back up Divis tonight. Because of Brathwaite's aggravated injury - which happened during Saturday's tie with Minnesota - the Blues will carry three goalies on the 23-man roster. To make room for Sanford, winger Tyson Nash was placed on the injured list retroactive to Oct. 9.

Johnson, who hasn't been in pads since the first week of September, skated without equipment Monday. Today Johnson will try on the pads and see how his ankle works with the increased weight, Quenneville said.

Divis, Austria's Olympic goalie during this year's Winter Games, was 28-20-5 in Worcester last season, solidifying the IceCats' playoff berth with 19 consecutive starts down the stretch.


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Great info Joe , have your read anything about Guerin being day to day with a leg injury? I say this because myself and a few cousins have done a hockey pool , and the stats are tracked on officepools.com . this site has Guerin listed as day to day. I can't find that news anywhere

Joe C

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Armando he was listed day to day a few days ago but from all accounts he's fine. As a matter of fact he was voted "player of the week".


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Thanks joe , I know he was player of the week I have him :D. I just didn't see when he was listed , that's all.

The Arrogant Worms

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I have heard 2 reports on Bure this morning on the news....one said he will play and one said they are going to hold him out untill Thursday because he has lost too much weight. I'll keep my ears and eyes open.

Joe C

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Thanks for the info TAW, this is what I have from Newsday,

Bure will skate again today and be re-evaluated to see if he can play against Toronto at the Garden tonight.

Rangers coach Bryan Trottier was optimistic about the return of his star forward, who totaled 12 goals and eight assists in 12 games with the Rangers last season after he was acquired from the Panthers.

Trottier could not estimate the amount of playing time for Bure but was encouraged by the way he practiced. "Pavel looked very good," Trottier said.

While Bure was quick to say he has fully recovered from his illness, he was equally hesitant to proclaim his right knee is 100 percent. Bure had surgery Sept. 26 and was nearing a return before he became ill.

"You can find a concern with everything," Bure said. "I'm just going to go out there and do the best I can . . . I'll play the game and we'll see how I react."


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IMO he is not even a month post op so I wouldn't think he will be much of a threat tonight.. Could be wrong here, but the Rangers will likly be very cautious with him..

Joe C

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While I'd love to have Bure in the lineup tonight at 100% that's not the only reason I like the Rangers. I know from what I've read Trottier is really putting a lot of stock in this game especially since they've been outscored 10-1 their last 2 games.