Friday, November 23, 2007
Turns out El Capitano's groin injury will keep him out for at least one game. At some point in the overtime period against the Penguins on Thursday, Daniel Alfredsson aggravated his groin and is stated as day-to-day. Head coach John Paddock says it's highly unlikely Alfie will play against Philadelphia on Saturday.
Hopefully Randy Robitaille is ready to return from his back injury, because it's going to be a while before Patrick Eaves can return. Apparently my previous statement of 2-4 weeks for Eaves might have been optimistic, and apparently it could be twice that much. Too bad for him, too, as he's been playing some of his best hockey.
If Ropes Robitaille is unable to return, someone will have to be recalled from Bingo. Nick Foligno, who is averaging a point a game in Binghamton after a two-assist game yesterday, seems the most likely callup, but I've been surprised before.
Also, Martin Gerber will be starting once again on Saturday. Even though he played a bad game on Thursday, it would seem Paddock wants to give The Gerber an opportunity to redeem himself before he gives Ray Emery a shot to run with the starting job. Given his 13-3 record, I would say that The Gerber has earned the opportunity.