Injury Ward: Week Five

Mike Schmidt




Checking in with the latest fantasy hockey injury updates.

The Bad News


No need to really panic, but Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.  Washington doesn't play again until Friday, so there's a pretty decent chance Ovi will be ready for action against the Flyers. *** Update — He’ll miss Friday’s game


It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is exercising extreme patience and caution with James Neal as he recovers from an upper-body injury sustained in the team's season opener. It's unclear exactly when fantasy owners can expect him to return, but the latest indications suggest he's about three weeks away from game action.


Pekka Rinne is… uhh… not well. Not. Well. At. All. He's out at least four weeks. Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg will see the majority of starts in net for the Nashville Predators while their franchise goalie recovers from an infection he developed related to a surgical procedure he underwent on his hip this past summer. 


There is no timetable for Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson's return to the ice. Eriksson, who was the victim of a crushing hit to the head by Buffalo's John Scott last week, is not skating yet.


The Carolina Hurricanes will be without No. 1 netminder Cam Ward for 2-4 weeks. Meanwhile, fellow 'Canes goalie Anton Khudobin is struggling to return from a lower-body injury he sustained in mid-October. Expect to see quite a bit of Justin Peters in net for Carolina over the course of the next several days.


One of Calgary's top offensive players on the young season, winger Lee Stempniak, is week-to-week with a broken foot. Speaking of broken lower limbs belonging to Calgary skaters, Mark Giordano is out for approximately eight weeks with a broken ankle.  Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell are seeing the bulk of power-play time amo