Will Crawford be back this season? Plus updates on more players.
This week we check in on a few long-term injuries, with a few short-term updates as well. For the latest injury news and new line combinations that affect your fantasy hockey roster, follow @BrennanDeSouza on Twitter!
The Big Guns (>75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Corey Crawford – Still no concrete update on the Blackhawks’ goaltender. The most coach Joel Quenneville has revealed is that Crawford will be back at some point this season. The Blackhawks currently hold the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, with Calgary, Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim nipping at their heels. Considering the team is in the middle of such a tight playoff race, something major must keeping Crawford out of the lineup. He has missed the last seven games with an ‘upper-body injury’ without a timetable for the future. It might be a good idea to follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to find out more information on Crawford as it becomes available. Anton Forsberg has stopped 57 of the 60 shots he has faced over the team’s last two games, both of which were wins.
Josh Bailey – 50 points in 42 games. That’s more than Connor McDavid! That’s more than Sidney Crosby! Unfortunately, a lower-body injury could keep Bailey out even after the team’s bye week (January 8 to 12). At this point there’s still no concrete timetable, and all we really know is that he’s feeling a little sore and shouldn’t be out long-term. With that being said, Coach Doug Weight also added that news on the injury isn’t horrific, but it’s certainly not good.
Shea Weber – Last week, we looked at how Weber’s absence affects the team, so this week I’ll keep it short and sweet. He’s doubtful until after the All-Star Game (January 28) and is still in a walking boot.
Filip Forsberg – The Predators’ forward will miss four to six weeks with an upper body injury. He was having a great season with 34 points in 37 games, Nashville is going to need their depth to step up in his absence.
Jaden Schwartz – Was spotted walking without any restrictions or noticeable discomfort! We still h