Injury updates with fantasy implications
This week we have a few updates on residents of the Dobber Injury Ward, as well as a few new visitors. You’ll notice more big-name goaltenders on this list than usual, which is why I stress the importance of following me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza so you can be the first to see which backup to pick up.
The Big Guns (>75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Henrik Lundqvist – As hockey players age, their bodies become less resilient to the wear and tear of the sport. Bones are fractured, muscles are pulled, groins are torn. Now getting up there at 35 years of age, old King Henrik is out with the flu. Sorry for the unnecessary build up, illnesses can be boring to write about.
Ryan Getzlaf – The Ducks’ captain has been skating every day, and is on track to return before teammate Ryan Kesler. While the addition of Adam Henrique has provided some relief down the middle, the Ducks have understandably had some trouble scoring goals this season, averaging 2.59 goals for per game (fourth-worst in the league). Coach Randy Carlyle expects Getzlaf to join the team for its next road trip before Christmas (December 14 to December 23), so let’s hope he’s on Santa’s nice list.
Corey Crawford – A nagging lower-body injury will keep the Blackhawks’ goaltender out until at least Friday, when he will be eligible to play against the Sabres. The team expects him to try skating again on Wednesday, and how he feels should give us an idea of when he’ll be back. With goalies dropping like flies recently, it would be wise to follow me on Twitter so you can be the first to scoop those backups. Speaking of backups, Anton Forsberg has performed well in Crawford’s absence, allowing just three goals in two starts (despite losing both contests).
Cam Talbot – The Oilers’ goaltender has another week left in the original two-week timetable, but it could be longer. He’s had an awful start to the season (3.00 GAA and .903 SV%), and hopefully this time allows the “Carey Price” effect to take place. Jobs are on the line in Edmonton as the team’s 11-14-2 record is hard to swallow with a talent like