The latest NHL injury news on Roman Josi, Kris Letang, Matt Duchene, Jakob Silfverberg and more…
The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Roman Josi – The Predators defenseman won’t be returning to the lineup before the All-Star break, making the earliest possible date for his return on January 31st against the Penguins. Expect more updates from Nashville after the break when they know more.
John Carlson – There’s a “slight possibility” the Capitals’ defenseman will be in the lineup on Thursday against the Devils, but Coach Barry Trotz thinks a return after the All-Star break is much more likely. Although progress is being made, Carlson just hasn’t had enough time on the ice to fully recover from a lower-body injury.
Kris Letang – I should just change the title from “The Big Guns” to “Elite Defensemen”, because that’s all you will be finding in this week’s section. Pretty similar situation to John Carlson at this point. Letang has been skating and recovering well from a knee injury, but we still don’t have a concrete timetable for his return.
The Second Liners (50%-80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Matt Duchene – An illness kept the Colorado center out of the lineup on Monday night against the Sharks, and considering he didn’t practice on Tuesday, he might miss Wednesday night’s contest against the Canucks.
Jakob Silfverberg – The Ducks’ forward will miss his third straight game on Wednesday night when Anaheim hosts the Edmonton. He sustained the injury against the Avalanche, when a hit from Nikita Zadorov caused him to fall head-first to the ice. Many have come to the conclusion that he has suffered a concussion, which is likely but not yet confirmed. He has been skating without taking contact, hopefully the All-Star break will be long enough for him to recover.
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