Injury Ward: Week 11

Mike Schmidt



Let's check in on the latest news regarding injuries…

The Bad News

Henrik Zetterberg owners will have to learn to get on without him for some time, as it was announced this week that the Detroit Red Wings winger's back injury caused him to be moved to the long-term injured list. Therefore, he won't be eligible to return to the lineup until Dec. 28.


The last time Vincent Lecavalier played something resembling a full season was the 2009-10 campaign, one in which he suited up in all 82 games (and totaled 70 points) for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Injuries continue to be an issue for him, as the Philadelphia Flyers forward is expected to miss the next few weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his back. Lecavalier, who has missed 44 games over the course of the past three years, is struggling to stay healthy during his inaugural year with the Flyers.



Evander Kane remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Winnipeg Jets winger has been out of the lineup for about two weeks.


Corey Crawford will miss the next three weeks or so due to a lower-body ailment. Meanwhile, fellow Chicago Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin has only appeared in four games this season and hasn't seen any action since the middle of November. However, he is well on his way toward returning from a lower-body injury. This means Antti Raanta looks like the primary backup to Corey Crawford right now, and there's no reason to think a healthy Khabibulin will be a useful fantasy option once he and/or Crawford gets healthy.


Ilya Bryzgalov's return to fantasy relevance has been kind of unbelievable. But here we are. Howeve