Rick DiPietro wasn't healthy enough to start last night, although he did back up Joey MacDonald, so he should be ready to go shortly but be very wary as he's nursing a few injuries and has been diagnosed with a 15 year malaise that is being an Islander.
We're really confused about the NYI right now... GM Garth Snow was talking to anyone that would listen in the offseason about how they wanted to play the young guys, give them a real chance and new coach Scott Gordon was the guy to do it... well in their opener last night the forwards with the most ice time were Doug Weight, Bill Guerin and Jon Sim. Kyle Okposo and Jeff Tambellini played less than 13 minutes and saw virtually no PP time and Josh Bailey was scratched (although he may have a minor injury).
Was flipping through games last night and caught some of the Atlanta win over Washington... very impressive. Two things of note: Zach Bogosian had no points, played less that 13 minutes and had 9 minutes in penalties; and Ron Hainsey looks like he'll be the man on the PP (sorry Tobi Enstrom) and look for Hainsey to pile up a lot of shots this year as he's obviously been instructed by coach John Anderson to let 'er rip.
Dustin Byfuglien played with Pat Kane and Patrick Sharp for most of the night last night... great spot for a guy who's classified as a Dman in a lot of leagues.
Fabian Brunnstrom was a healthy scratch for the Dallas opener... but should make his debut soon. If you have your heart set on a Swedish breakout candidate from Dallas then look to Loui Eriksson instead... he's a better bet.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Bryan McCabe left the game last night injured... initial reports are that its a broken back, ouch... stay tuned.
- Tim Connolly has a hairline fracture of a vertebra and will miss at least a week but you just never know with this guy.
- Chuck Kobasew has a cracked bone in his ankle and will be out for at least 3 weeks.
- Bryan Little looks fully recovered from his hip pointer and was 2+1=3 last night for Atlanta.
- Derick Brassard has recovered from the "flu" and had a goal last night.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... NOTHING... its the first Saturday night of the hockey season and there's 13 games on the schedule today... how could we possibly be distracted?