Let's check in on the latest fantasy hockey injuries…
The Bad News
Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom left Wedensday evening's game against Toronto with a head injury sustained from a high hit dished out by Nazem Kadri. The severity of the injury remains to be seen. Josh Harding replaced Backstrom in net and earned the victory.
Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick is dealing with either a groin injury or a hamstring injury. Either way, it's a safe bet he won't be playing over the course of the next few days. This gives Jonathan Ber… Wait, never mind. Ben Scrivens got the start Tuesday night in Quick's absence.
It hasn't been easy being a Rick Nash owner this season. The high-scoring New York Rangers winger has seen action in just three games in 2013, the last being on Oct. 8. Nash is currently working his way back from a concussion, and his recovery took a promising step forward when it was announced he took part in his first practice in more than month on Wednesday. Oh, but he wore a non-contact jersey. It's a step in the right direction, but a return does not appear imminent.
In case you haven't had access to a television, computer or mobile device for the past several days, all-world Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos is out for the season with a broken tibia. Check out Dobber's reaction piece on the Stamkos injury to find out who will step up their production in the absence of Stamkos.
Pekka Rinne's hip infection and recent hip scope have knocked him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, but Nashville's franchise netminder is recovering well. There is no timetable for his return. Carter Hutton has seen the majority of starts in net for Nashville in Rinne's absence, but he has struggled mightily. Rinne's return can't come soon enough.
A foot injury caused Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter to miss a game earlier this week. It's been described as "nagging," so it's fair to wonder whether he'll miss a bit more time.
Good news: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has nine points in 10 games played this season. Bad news: The Hurricanes have played 18 games and Skinner hasn't seen action for the squad since Oct. 24. His "upper-body injury" has been lingering for a while, but it looks like the talented (but oft-injured) forward may practice as soon as this Friday.
Paul Martin missed the past two games with some sort of undisclosed lower-body injury. No word as of yet when the veteran blueliner will return to the lineup.
The Colorado Avalanche will determine if veteran forward Alex Tanguay will need to undergo surgery on his ailing knee, which has caused him to miss nearly two weeks of action. The decision should be made in the