Let's check in on the latest news regarding injuries…
The Bad News
Zach Parise was expected to miss somewhere between two and three weeks due to a bruised foot sustained earlier this week, but the Minnesota Wild winger was spotted at practice on Wednesday. So what should fantasy owners make of this situation? It looks like the initial timetable for his recovery is no longer accurate, so it's probably safe to consider Parise as day-to-day right now.
Concussions sustained by key players often leave fantasy owners unable to determine the severity of those injuries and therefore make informed roster decisions. Fortunately, it looks like the concussion suffered by Detroit veteran Pavel Datsyuk (thanks to an ill-advised elbow to the head, courtesy of Ottawa's Jared Cowen) will not keep him sidelined for a lengthy amount of time.
Unlike Datsyuk, whose health status should be considered day-to-day, Carolina winger Alexander Semin is dealing with a concussion that is serious enough to warrant a stint on injured reserve. At least the Canes got Jeff Skinner back from an upper-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month.
There has been no recent news regarding the timetable for Marian Gaborik's return to the lineup. The middle of December remains a reasonable expectation for the Columbus winger to get healthy and recover from a sprained knee that took him out of action about two weeks ago.
Another injured Blue Jackets winger, Nathan Horton, is getting closer to making his debut with Columbus after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder. A good bet for 20 or so goals most years, the former Boston Bruin practiced this week for the first time as a member of the Columbus organization (albeit while wearing a non-contact jersey). Expect Horton to crack the lineup for the first time at some point around the middle of December.
It's been a tough year for New York Islanders netminders. Both Evgeni Nabokov and Kevil Poulin have been unreliable fantasy options with sub-.900 save percentages on the season, and recent callup Anders Nilsson has all of five NHL starts on his resume. Nabokov is out for about three more weeks with a groin injury, so Poulin has been the No. 1 goaltender (by default). It's difficult to imagine that will change due to a lack of proven alternatives.
It's hard to say whether this means anything or not, but all-world Tampa Bay Lightning winger Steven Stamkos is walking around without crutches or a boot a little more than two weeks after breaking his right leg. It was just Nov. 11 when Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher after colliding with a goal post, so it's amazing for him to be doing as well as he is less than a month after the injury occurred. However, it should be noted that there is no timetable for his return.
Jakob Silfverberg is now expected to return to the Anaheim Ducks lineup in late December – not the middle of December. His recovery from a broken hand will take closer to 8-10 weeks.