Goc scored his first goal as a member of the Blues on Tuesday against his old team in a 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh. He was plus-1 and added two hits and a blocked shot while winning five of seven faceoffs in the contest.
Goc will be the odd man out when Olli Jokinen makes his debut for the Blues on Saturday against Toronto.Goc has just two points in 18 games with St. Louis and only six points on the season. On the other hand, he has won 53.6% of his faceoffs with St. Louis, so depending on what coach Ken Hitchcock wants from his fourth line center, Goc could be back in the lineup regularly down the stretch.
Goc (face) is in line to play Tuesday against the Canadiens, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.Goc was limited to just 6:51 of ice time in Saturday's game against the Penguins after taking a slash to the face, but appears to be fine. He's set to center the Blues' fourth line.
Goc took a stick to the mouth Saturday and went to the locker room for treatment, the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford reports.He saw just four minutes of ice time before the stick to the face caused his mouth to bleed, and he exited the ice. Goc should be considered day-to-day.
Goc picked up an assist Thursday in a win over the Canes. It was his first point since being traded to the Blues. He was plus-1 with three shots and a hit on the night.Goc is centering the Blues fourth line and has played right around 13 minutes in his first two games with his new team. He has been a 20+ point scorer in the past, but has just seven point on the year and the move to the Blues will keep him primarily in a checking role.
Goc, who was traded to the Blues on Tuesday, will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the PredatorsGoc managed just six points in 43 games with the Penguins this season, and he figures to skate on the Blues' fourth line. It would thus be unwise to expect a significant uptick in production.
Goc was traded to the Blues on Tuesday in exchange for Maxim Lapierre, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.It's a swap of depth centers, with Goc providing a dash more of offensive upside compared to Lapierre's more physical style. After compiling 25 points a season ago, Goc struggled to find his place on the Pens' checking line, contributing only two goals and four assists over 43 games. Don't expect his numbers to take off with the Blues, who are arguably even deeper at forward than the Penguins.
Coach Mike Johnston said after Friday's practice that he expects Goc (illness) to play Saturday.Goc will need to take part in Saturday's morning skate before his return is officially verified, but that's merely a formality at this point. Look for him to center the Pens' checking line in Saturday's game against the Habs.
Goc (illness) participated in practice Friday.Goc appeared to be a full participant in the session, seemingly putting him on track to play Saturday against the Canadiens. His availability should be verified when the Penguins hold their morning skate Saturday.
Goc (illness) was able to take part in an off-ice workout Thursday.Coach Mike Johnston said the workout that he expects to have Goc back at practice Friday. If all goes well during that session, there's strong odds that the center would be cleared to reclaim his spot in the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens.
Goc will miss Wednesday's game due to an illness, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.Goc was absent from the team's morning skate, but it doesn't sound like he's at risk for the mumps or any other contagious virus. Coach Mike Johnston characterized Goc's situation as "just sickness, nothing else." The bottom-six forward should be healthy within a few days.
Goc (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.Goc's return to practice after missing Monday's session indicates that he is not dealing with the mumps or any other virus that might potentially sideline him for multiple days. Look for him to play Wednesday against the Bruins.
Goc didn't practice Monday due to an illness, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.Goc's illness could be a number of things, but the mumps has been passed around the league this season, and has hit a number of Penguins players. Although there is no indication that's the illness Goc is dealing with, it wouldn't be surprising if he gets tested for the virus. For now, he should be considered day-to-day until more information about his condition becomes available.
Goc (foot) was on the ice for pregame warmups and looks set to play Thursday against the Canucks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.Goc was centering the fourth line during rushes and looks ready to go after a two-game absence. He's a useful grinder and generally fares well on face-offs, but with just one point in 22 games, the fantasy appeal is minimal.
Goc (foot) is a possibility to play Thursday versus the Canucks.Goc centered the Penguins' fourth line at Wednesday's practice and didn't experience any notable setbacks during the session. The Penguins will likely evaluate his health Thursday morning before deciding if he's fit to play.
Goc (foot) missed his second straight game Tuesday against the Devils, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.Though Goc was able to skate on his prior to Monday's practice, he's not yet to the point in his recovery where he can practice with the team. Andrew Ebbett pivoted the Pens' fourth line in Goc's absence Tuesday.
Goc (foot) skated on his own prior to Monday's practice.Goc is still considered day-to-day with the foot injury, but it's not a good sign that he's not fully participating in practice yet. He looks doubtful to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Devils at this point.
Goc (foot) will not play Saturday against the Hurricanes.Goc did not make the trip to Carolina, so he will be unavailable Saturday night. Head coach Mike Johnston said Goc is dealing with only a bruise, so there's a chance he could play in the Penguins' next game Tuesday.
Head coach Mike Johnston does not believe the foot injury that knocked Goc out of Friday's game is "anything concerning."Johnston did not provide much for details regarding Goc's status, so it remains to be seen if the injury will prevent Goc from playing in Pittsburgh's next game Saturday.
Goc left the first period of Friday's game with an apparent foot injury and did not return.The center blocked a shot with his skates and then broke his stick off the boards immediately thereafter upon returning to the bench. Goc has but one point (a goal) in 22 games but serves an important piece of the team's penalty killing unit.
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