ANAHEIM >> Heart Nate Thompson didn’t skate Tuesday with the Geese, which when mixed with the on-ice presence of middle Sam Carrick of the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, led to hypothesis Thompson was injured and won’t play Wednesday in Recreation 7 towards the Edmonton Oilers.
Geese coach Randy Carlyle stated Thompson took “a upkeep day,” however then added a cryptic remark that resolved nothing. Or little or no, anyway, with out studying between the traces a bit of greater than 24 hours earlier than the Geese’ fifth Recreation 7 in as many seasons.
“He can be an choice for us,” Carlyle stated of Thompson, the Geese’ fourth-line middle who performed solely eight minutes 44 seconds in Recreation 6 after averaging 10:51 in the course of the playoffs. “If nothing modifications between now and Wednesday morning, he can be an choice for us.”
Carrick might play rather than Thompson if wanted. The Geese acquired the 25-year-old Carrick from the Chicago Blackhawks on March 1 and assigned him to San Diego. He had three objectives and 11 factors in 15 regular-season video games. He additionally had two objectives and 4 factors in seven playoff video games.
The Gulls face the San Jose Barracuda in Recreation three of their second-round sequence Wednesday.
“I’d be prepared for it,” stated Carrick, who might make his Stanley Cup playoff debut after taking part in a complete of 19 regular-season video games in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Whether or not I get the decision or not, I’ve received to be prepared.
“No matter they need me to do, I’ll simply play my position. It doesn’t matter what number of minutes I get or what-not. Each shift, it’s received to be a constructive affect on the sport, whether or not it’s being bodily or simply having a powerful possession shift. If I get the decision, I’ll be prepared.”
Thompson wasn’t accessible for remark, however he was at Honda Heart.
Defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Simon Despres skated earlier than the remainder of the Geese took the ice for his or her apply. Bieksa hasn’t performed since struggling a lower-body harm in Recreation 1 towards the Oilers. Despres performed just one sport this season due to a concussion.
Left wing Patrick Eaves continues to be sidelined due to a lower-body harm and isn’t anticipated to play in Recreation 7. He walked from the dressing room with the help of crutches after the Geese accomplished their apply and held a short workforce assembly.
Proper wing Ondrej Kase, who has a lower-body harm, skated along with his teammates and may very well be match to play in Recreation 7. Proper wing Logan Shaw didn’t apply and isn’t anticipated to play towards the Oilers due to a lower-body harm.
Recreation 7 winner
Antoine Vermette smiled faintly when it was talked about that he was the one participant within the Geese’ dressing room to really have received a Recreation 7 at Honda Heart. Vermette was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Geese in Recreation 7 of the Western Convention finals in 2015.
“I don’t wish to go an excessive amount of into this,” the 34-year-old middle stated.
Vermette couldn’t recall what number of Recreation 7s he’s performed throughout his profession, however two stood out.
“That may be a nice query,” he stated. “Another person requested me this earlier and I couldn’t give you a transparent reply instantly, so I’ve do to some analysis. I’m getting outdated. I’m shedding my thoughts.”
Defenseman Brandon Montour will play in his first Recreation 7 within the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, however he stated Tuesday he has been taking part in them in his creativeness since he was a toddler rising up in Brantford, Ontario.
“You play highway hockey once you’re a child, and also you’re taking part in late at night time, and also you’re picturing you’re taking part in in a Recreation 7,” Montour stated. “I used to be an enormous Detroit Crimson Wings fan rising up, so Steve Yzerman was my man. That might be a man I believed I’d be.”