It's hockey, there's injuries. The Alaska Aces play hockey, so they have injured players. And so they'll be somewhat of a patchwork crew when they travel Tuesday to Idaho, where they open a three-game series Wednesday night against the Steelheads.
Third-line right wing Ross Ring-Jarvi won't make the trip -- he got hit by the puck in Sunday's 4-0 win over Bakersfield and awoke this morning sore with a lower-body injury. With Ring-Jarvi out, winger Robert Farmer will make the trip.
On the flip side, defenseman Corey Syvret, who missed the last two games of the Bako series with an upper-body injury, took part in this morning's optional skate and will make the trip to Idaho. Jordan Kremyr, who sat out Sunday with lower-body soreness, should make the trip.
Still out with injuries, and not making the trip, are winger David Eddy (lower-body), and defensemen Sean Curry (lower-body) and Zach Davies (surgery, broken wrist).
Counting goaltender Gerald Coleman, who is on the inactive list after offseason hip surgery and not on the mend as quickly as hoped, six different Aces already have missed a combined 29 games because of injuries.
Last season was a particularly tough one for the Aces on the injury front -- 21 different players missed a combined 334 regular-season games because of injuries.
Lastly, we noted the Aces' practice today was an optional skate. Those always remind The Blog of the immortal words of former Aces veteran center Kimbi Daniels: "Once again, I choose to exercise my option.''