Thursday, November 22, 2007
Of course it was only a matter of time. Patrick Eaves has been playing the best hockey of his career, getting points and serious ice time, and then he separated his shoulder the Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Sabres. Apparently the timeline is 2-4 weeks. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, but hopefully Eaves is back soon and continues playing like he has been this season.
One opportunity that comes from this unfortunate circumstance is for Nick Foligno, who I understand is already on his way back to Ottawa from Binghamton. After two assists in three games for the B-Sens, Foligno got his feet wet in the AHL; maybe he'll play out of his mind to try and avoid more bus rides.
It's unknown whether or not Randy Robitaille will be back in the lineup against the Penguins on Thursday as he's still day-to-day with a hand injury. Hopefully it's not too serious.
EDIT: Correction: Apparently the Sens have called up Alexander Nikulin instead of Foligno. Holy shit. This is awesome, if also unexpected; I guess John Paddock wants to keep everyone on their toes. It also might be an attempt to give more offensive punch, rounding out the second line with a little extra offensive ability (if Nikulin plays that high). I'm excited to hear SputNik's next blog entry!