The weekly IR report is back and kicks off with news on Nash, Pitkanen, Vrbata and more!
Get the stretcher (latest injuries):
Rick Nash is out with an undisclosed injury and the New York Rangers are not saying anything, which has some people thinking possible concussion. Talk on Sirius/XM NHL radio was that Nash might have been hurt back against the Boston Bruins on February 12. If that's the case and he has a concussion somebody is not doing their job protecting players who suffer concussions.
Nash was riding a four game point streak before missing Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens. If Nash is out long term this is a huge blow to the Rangers and many poolies who were expecting a big year from Nash.
This could be just the break needed for Chris Kreider who has struggled this season after an impressive start to his career during last season's playoffs. According to Frozen Pool Line Combinations Kreider played with Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards 28.3% of the time on even strength and saw 22.2% of the power play time in the game against Montreal. Power forwards tend to take longer to develop but this is a great opportunity for Kreider.
Jimmy Howard left Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators with what the Detroit Red Wings are calling a head injury. According to Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock (Source: Detroit News) "Howard was hit during practice before the game and it affected him during the game. He wasn't seeing good, or something like that." This doesn't sound good for Howard who will have further test done.
Detroit replaced Howard with Jonas Gustavsson at the 11:22 mark of the first period and he stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced. For now expect Gustavsson to be the starter as he is the only proven NHL goalie left in their organization after losing Joey MacDonald on waivers. Gustavsson put up decent numbers on a terrible Toronto Maple Leafs team so count on better numbers playing for a veteran Detroit team. Take the gamble now and grab him in case Howard is out long term.
Detroit Free Press just reported that Howard was cleared to play, which is great news for Howard owners but with a head injury dress with caution as he may get a rest to be sure.
Marian Hossa took an elbow to the head from Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen and left the game in the third period. The extent of the injury is still uncertain but with his past injury woes there is reasons for concern.