MacDonald blocked a shot in the third period that likely caused the injury. He missed a few shifts but continued playing the rest of the game.
Here’s the shot that likely injured MacDonald.
MacDonald a solid game against Edmonton that culminated in that blocked shot.
You always hate to see injuries, but this opens the door for another rookie defenseman.
Sam Morin was the odd man out after training camp, and has been playing well so far with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He scored his first goal on Saturday night and should get the call for Tuesday night’s game
Morin and MacDonald are both on the defensive side of things, but I don’t see it being a straight swap. Morin played with Gostisbehere during the preseason and I can see that becoming a pair again.
Here are my projected pairs with MacDonald out and Morin in.
Ivan Provorov – Robert Hagg
Sam Morin – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Radko Gudas
Ivan Provorov is a stud and Robert Hagg has proven to be a great solid defenseman, they should make for a good top pair.
Morin and Gostisbehere have played together, but this requires Gostisbehere to move back to the right side, rather than the left. It’s not a huge change, but it is one to take note of.
Sanheim and Gudas have been playing well together and that shouldn’t change.
We’ll get more intel on the situation tomorrow at practice and at morning skate on Tuesday.
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