Friday, December 22, 2006
- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been bitten by the injury bug once again.
The Leafs will be without arguably one of their best players tonight in Chicago and for the next two to three weeks, according to Maple Leaf doctors.
Ponikarovsky has a slight separation of the shoulder. The good news? At least he can still skate so conditioning should not be a huge problem.
Forward Kyle Wellwood will also not be suiting up for the Blue and White tonight in Chicago as he continues to nurse a groin injury which occurred in one of Maurice’s “competitive practices” on Wednesday.
- Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza has been diagnosed with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of the Sens lineup for the next four to six weeks.
An MRI was performed today, but Ottawa coach Brian Murray would not disclose the results to the media prompting speculation it could be worse than originally suspected.
The Senators were hoping to climb back into a playoff spot, but the task will be much more difficult without one of their top point producers.
- Following a sucker punch thrown last night by Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol, the NHL has decided to throw one of their own right back at him, by announcing today Nichol will be suspended for Nashville’s next nine games.
Nichol will give up US$25,267.41 in salary after a ruling handed down by Colin Campbell via a conference call conducted today.