NHL Injuries: Updates on Fowler, Krug, Andersen, Thornton and more

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2017-04-12

The latest injury info (what little can be scraped up during this time of year) on Thornton, Couture, Raanta, Krug and others…

 

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Cam FowlerThe Ducks’ defenseman will be out for the next two to six weeks with a knee injury. Although this does slightly weaken Anaheim’s defensive core for the playoffs, players like Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm are still capable of holding down the fort. It will be interesting to see if John Gibson’s impressive regular season stats (2.22 GAA and .924 SV%) will translate into playoff success, especially in a favourable matchup against the Flames.

Torey KrugIt’s unlikely that the Bruins defenseman will play against the Senators in Round One of the playoffs. Krug had a very respectable 51 points in 81 games during the regular season, and Boston will definitely miss that scoring from the blue line to begin the series. However, if the series goes down to the wire, a lower-body injury might not be enough to keep the talented blue liner out of the lineup.

Joe ThorntonThe Sharks’ forward is confident he’ll be in the lineup for the team’s playoff opener on Wednesday night, but considers himself day-to-day at this point. Among active players, Thornton is tied for fifth in playoff points, and his team will require that experience to beat Connor McDavid and company.

Frederik AndersenThe Leafs are going to need all hands on deck if they have any chance of beating the favoured Washington Capitals. Pulling off the upset seems impossible without starting goalie Frederik Andersen, who has remained tight lipped on his status, but could be ready for the teams’ opener on Thursday night.

Logan CoutureAfter a great 2016 playoffs, there is some doubt that Couture will be ready to go on Wednesday against the Oilers. He has been skating consistently, but is yet to take contact to the facial area (suffered a mouth injury after taking a puck to the face at the end of last month).