The IR: Updates on Malkin, Garon, Steen, Enstrom and more
Get The Stretcher (Latest Injuries)
Just a week after he returned to the lineup from a concussion and scored a pair of points in a thrilling home victory over Tampa Bay, Evgeni Malkin will be out of commission for one or two weeks with what's been deemed as an upper-body injury – possibly an issue with his shoulder. Thankfully, it's not a concussion.
Former first-round pick Colin Wilson was enjoying the best season of his career as a member of the Nashville Predators, but an upper-body injury could force him out of action for an extended period of time. While his shooting percentage of .269 is nearly double his career mark of .154, Wilson has certainly made strides as a player during his age 23-campaign and earned a significant amount of time on the power play as a result.
Fellow Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist is expected to miss two games with an upper-body injury. The loss of Wilson and Hornqvist is a major blow to a Nashville offense that already struggles to score with much consistency.
Injuries are wreaking havoc on the forward depth for the Dallas Stars. Star forward Jamie Benn is dealing with a wrist injury he sustained this past weekend. Gritty veteran Brenden Morrow is still out with a groin injury he suffered last week, and elder statesman Ray Whitney has been slow to return from a broken foot that took him out of the lineup on February 1. However, it looks like Whitney will return to action this week.
Michael Grabner is out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder issue that sidelined him over the weekend. There's no timetable for his return.
One Day At A Time (Day-to-Day)
Mike Green's owners have to be more than a little frustrated with the once-dominant Washington defenseman. Green has been skating with the team as he tries to recover from a lingering groin injury. He hasn't seen action in a game since Feb. 28, and he hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 3. There are more questions than answer regarding Green's future fantasy value, making it hard to trade for him or trade him away.
Radim Vrbata has been out for almost a month with what Phoenix officials described as a lower-b