WILMINGTON, Mass. Gregory Campbell has been obscured by the giant shadow of Zdeno Charas lower body injury, but the fourth line center is also questionable for tomorrow night's game with a foot injury.
Campbell was limping noticeably after the victory over Columbus, and had his foot placed in a walking boot Monday after he blocked a shot while killing a penalty in the comeback victory. Campbell and Chara were both absent from Bs practice at Ristuccia Arena, and Daniel Paille (mild concussion) returned to the practice ice to center a fourth line between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron.
He took a shot off the foot the other night, so hes a guy that I would label as questionable for tomorrow, said Julien of a home game against the Los Angeles Kings. He certainly didnt feel very good today, but hes a tough individual. Hes in a walking boot right now and hes limping. Hes had treatments here this morning, so I dont know what the final verdict is on him yet.
The Bs coach said the organization will likely be discussing it on Tuesday morning with Campbell limping around and Paille still yet to face any contact after suffering a head injury against the Florida Panthers last week. Trent Whitfield, Zach Hamill and Jamie Arniel all have previous experience if called upon by the Bs for an emergency start, and center Craig Cunningham has actually been playing the best hockey of his pro career recently.
So theres a wealth of players to choose from if Campbell cant answer the bell on Tuesday night.
Thats something well probably look at later today or tomorrow morning. If need be, well be calling somebody up, said Julien.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.
*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.
*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?
*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.
*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.
*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.