In last night’s pretty convincing 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, we’ve lost another soldier.
For four to five weeks.
Mike Knuble was doing what Mike Knuble always does and crashed the net. We always hear about the price guys like that pay. And this time, well, Noobs payed big time.
With a little help from a Wild defenseman, Knuble went head first into the Wild net. He was a little slow to get up, and you could see from the look on his face that he could’ve tweaked or injured something. Joe B and Locker suggested maybe his neck, which wasn’t too hard to believe watching him go into the net like he did.
Instead, it was a broken finger, one that’s bad enough to need surgery. Being the typical hockey player that he is, Noobs wanted to come back despite the wonky finger. But this early in the season, as seen with Alex Ovechkin, the Caps weren’t going to take any chances. The previous two seasons, Knuble played all 82 regular season games, and this surgery will end that streak.
Right now, Milan Jurcina is out with a muscle pull but could probably be ready after tonight’s game in New Jersey. Jeff Schultz was on the shelf for a couple games with a groin injury but, I believe, is healthy now. Ovechkin, who had an upper body injury, will probably return tonight with the loss of Knuble. Either that or the now healthy Boyd Gordon would return, probably putting Eric Fehr in Knuble’s spot, and having one of three centers (Gordon, Dave Steckel, or Mathieu Perreault) play wing.