Just reported on Twitter, by beat writer Tony Androckitis (HighlandParkHockey): Forward and leading goal scorer Petr Straka is expected to be out “long term.” Reportedly, the TV crews said “4-6 weeks” during the recent game broadcast–but who could hear that? We were all at the game….
Straka got hit in the knee blocking a shot in the waning minutes of the game on Sunday, January 3 (if memory serves). He came back to play that Friday versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but wasn’t terribly effective and hasn’t played or practiced since, as far as I know. It is thought that the reason for the absence was the blow to his knee–but there’s no way to know for sure with the way they protect injury information.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the team has struggled since then: Straka is the leading goal scorer on the team and led the AHL at the time of the injury. Since then, despite good play from the netminders and solid defense, the team has struggled to put the puck in the back of the net and win games.
Next man up, I guess. We’ve got experienced goal scorers on the team and guys who are starting to step up. Taylor Leier reportedly had a strong game in the win at Bridgeport on Sunday. Rise up, indeed.
Get well soon, Strax,