Injury Ward: Week 15

Mike Schmidt

2014-01-10

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Let’s check in on the latest news regarding NHL injuries…


The Bad News


Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo is expected to miss the next week or so with an ankle injury.  Both the Canucks and the Canadian Olympic team are hopeful the injury doesn't linger, but the consensus is the damage to his ankle is less than expected.  Luongo was hurt Saturday evening in Los Angeles.


A bothersome hand injury has finally become too much for Logan Couture to play through.  The San Jose Sharks winger will undergo surgery and is expected to miss about three or four weeks.

 

Ben Bishop has been placed on injured reserve due with a sprained wrist. The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder last played on Sunday, but there's no telling if he'll be ready to come back when he's eligible on Tuesday.  Anders Lindback and Cedric Desjardins are Tampa Bay's options in net while Bishop is on the shelf.


This week's ankle surgery will keep Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu sidelined for more than a month.  Fellow centers Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund will try to fill the void left by the Wild captain's absence.

 

It does not appear veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins at any point in the near future. He suffered a blood clot in late September and has yet to suit up for the team this season.

 

A lower-body injury has sidelined Carolina Hurricanes captain and center Eric Staal this week. However, it looks like he'll be able to return soon.

 

Veteran defenseman Paul Martin has been out of the Pittsburgh Pe