Uh oh. There are only three games on the docket for Wednesday, but injuries are a factor in all of them. The Washington Capitals must now worry about underrated defenseman Matt Niskanen after he left tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury. Niskanen took a shift to end the second period, only not to return, much like Andrej Sekera did in tonight’s Edmonton Oilers game. The Capitals blueliner got hurt after falling awkwardly following a collision with Radko Gudas, as you can see from the video above.
The Pittsburgh Penguins moved fast on Thursday morning after losing a key defenseman to knee surgery. Trevor Daley, who is second on the Penguins in average ice time at 20:18, will miss six weeks after arthroscopic surgery to his left knee. Daley last played just 8:34 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 21, after he was injured in the first period.
It’s one thing for Carey Price to shake off that Paul Byron shot in warm-ups. And, honestly, that bump from Shea Weber during the game. But to play like, well, Carey Price? That would be something else. Well, you probably saw this one coming … but Price had some absolutely great moments against the New York Rangers in an eventual 3-2 shootout win. He was the main difference-maker, although it must be said that there’s some comic relief in Byron scoring the shootout-winner. Price vs. Rick Nash felt like a subplot of the overall story. On one occasion, Price made a resounding stop on a Nash breakaway: It was quite the night for the aging power forward, however, as he nailed his other opportunity.