This week in the IR report Howard, Nuge, updates… and some star players return.
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings – Broken Finger – Indefinite
The original prognosis on Howards return was a little optimistic at "a few days". The team has since updated the time table for his return with a more realistic sounding four to six weeks.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers – Shoulder – Day-to-Day
The Nuge aggravated his previous shoulder injury in Monday's game in Toronto. The initial timetable for his return is currently listed as seven to 10 days.
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars –Neck – Day-to-Day
Morrow who has been plagued by shoulder and neck injuries all season is back on the injured list. The earliest he can possibly return is Friday.
Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders – Facial Injury – Day-to-Day
Hamonic was struck in the face by a shot from Buffalos Christian Ehrhoff. He required surgery to repair a broken nose. Expect him to wear a cage and return within two or three games.
Scottie Upshall, Florida Panthers – Abdomen – Indefinite
Upshall has only managed to play 17 games this season due to groin injuries. It was looking as though he was about to return but he has suffered a setback. Upshall is now schedule to undergo sports hernia surgery on Thursday that will keep him out for four to six weeks.
Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils – Back – Day-to-Day
Larsson suffered a bruised back from a P.K. Subban check. He has already missed three games and is day-to-day.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Concussion/neck – Indefinite
Crosby was able to participate in a light optional practice on Tuesday. Perhaps he is making some progress since last week's soft tissue discovery. While this is very promising news there is still no timetable for his return and we probably won’t find out anymore until – at best – the day before he actually returns.
Jose Theodore & Jacob Markstrom, Florida Panthers – Knee – Day-to-Day
Both goalies are making progress in their return from knee injuries and have resumed skating and practice. Theodore is closer to a return, perhaps by the weekend, while Markstroms return date is still unclear and will likely see time in the minors when he is ready.
Simon Gagne, Los Angeles Kings – Concussion – Indefinite
Gagne has made little progress and is still unable to any physical activity. Given his history of concussions there is little chance he returns soon. This is very concerning for his career and long term health.