Peter Harling makes his columnist debut, digging up whatever information he can from the top secret world of NHL player injuries…
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Knee
Crosby collided with teammate Chris Kunitz in what he described as a "stinger". Fear not Crosby owners, his head was not involved in the impact. His knee took the blow and he gingerly made his way off the ice. Per TSN, he will miss the next two games “as a precaution”.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens – Knee
Habs number one defender who seemed close to a return, suffered another setback. While traveling with the team on their Western road trip, Markov visited a specialist in Anaheim and now has undergone another knee surgery. Markov had arthroscopic knee surgery to have scar tissue and debris removed. He will be out an additional four to six weeks.
Chris Higgins, Vancouver Canucks – Foot
Higgins has a suspected staph infection. His foot is severely swollen and he is listed as day – to – day. He suffered a staph infection last season and had missed several games.
James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers – Upper Body Injury
JVR participated in a full practice on Monday, and is expected to return to action on Wednesday.
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins – Concussion
Letang was the recipient of Max Pacioretty's hit that cost the Hab player a suspension. At first glance, it appeared Letang merely suffered a broken nose, as he returned in the game and scored the game winning goal. Letang has been suffering from "concussion – like" symptoms since that hit however, and now has been added to the injured reserve list, and officially diagnosed as concussed.
Alex Semin, Washington Capitals – Undisclosed
This situation is very suspicious. There are several conflicting reports on his status. Coach Dale Hunter, said Semin was cleared to play on Monday, yet he was not in the lineup, despite participating in the morning skate. He is officially listed as having a right shoulder injury, and is day – to – day. Semin has been a healthy scratch prior to the "injury" and is still taking part in full practice and lining up with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Keep an eye on this situation!
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars – Back
The Stars Captain is expe