WEDS Injury Update: Radulov, Kostitsyn, Pietrangelo, Kovalchuk
(5/2/12) It isn't exactly injury news, but let's cut straight to the biggest fantasy story of the second round so far, which is that Nashville's Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn are suspended for Wednesday's Game 3 because they violated team rules. Apparently the duo were out past team curfew, and Preds management have decided to discipline the pair.
We here at Fantasy Hockey Standard have mixed feeling about the situation. On one hand, Radulov and Kostitsyn are professionals and need to act accordingly: rules are rules, and players need to respect that. On the other hand, the Preds are down 2-0 in their series and, more importantly, there are playoff pools going on! Apparently Nashville GM David Poile doesn't have either player on his fantasy team...
And seriously, our team has done some of our most brilliant work after coming home well past curfew, and if we disciplined our staff the way the Predators are coming down on Radulov and Kostitsyn, well, we might as well just lock the doors because there'd be nobody left!
If you own either player, all you can really do is grit your teeth and bear it. Or, if your league allows the luxury of transactions, go ahead and move the pair to the bench for Game 3.
In other news, the Devils were without Ilya Kovalchuk Tuesday for Game 2 of their series against the Flyers, as the star forward deals with a lower-back injury. For now, we'll consider Kovalchuk day-to-day and call him questionable for Game 3 on Thursday, but we're a little concerned that this could linger and affect his performance, even if he does make it into the lineup. Stay tuned...
For the Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky missed Game 2 and remains questionable to play tonight against the Caps. Dubinsky was spotted on crutches as recently as Sunday and hasn't returned to the ice, so we have to think he's unlikely to be able to go.
Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski also remains questionable for tonight. He's been dealing with an undisclosed injury that has slowed him through the first two rounds.
And we have an update on the status of Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who is reportedly dealing with upper and lower-body injuries. Pietrangelo went awkwardly into the boards during Game One against the Kings on Saturday when he was hit by Dwight King. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock didn't close the door on having his star defenseman available for Thursday, but he didn't exactly sound optimistic when speaking to the media. We'll know more after the morning skate.
Meanwhile, we can also confirm that Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak is ruled out for the remainder of the series, so it'll be Brian Elliott the rest of the second round, for better or worse...