Will Corey Crawford still return this season?
This week we have a bunch of updates on notable long-term injuries, as well as a few new arrivals to the Dobber Injury Ward. Knowing how much time your players will miss can help you find the best replacements before your opponents. For the latest injury updates, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!
The Big Guns (>75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Corey Crawford – It has been almost four weeks since Corey Crawford went down with an upper-body injury, and sources are now saying Crawford could miss the rest of the season with vertigo-like symptoms. He was dealing with similar symptoms in the 2015-2016 season, which caused him to miss four weeks of action. Considering he still hasn’t resumed skating, it’s going to take longer for him to feel 100% this time. Crawford is 16-9-2 on the season, with a .929 SV% and 2.27 GAA. That gives Chicago a 6-8-4 record without him, so it’s safe to say he’s an integral part of the roster.
Victor Hedman – Huge loss for the Lightning as Victor Hedman will be out three to six weeks with a lower-body injury. While this might create a bigger role for Mikhail Sergachev, let’s remember that he had been playing pretty sheltered minutes and had cooled off recently with only three points in his last 12 games.
Sean Monahan – The flu kept Monahan out of Sunday’s contest against the Hurricanes. Considering he will have had five days of rest prior to the team’s next game against Winnipeg, I wouldn’t expect him to miss any more time.
Viktor Arvidsson – The Predators forward was placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury in practice. With 27 points in 42 games this season, Arvidsson has been proving last season’s 61-pont season wasn’t a fluke.
Josh Bailey – Will be skating on Wednesday. Depending on how he feels, Bailey could be an option later in the week against the Bruins (Thursday) or Blackhawks (Saturday).
Matt Murray – The Penguins goaltender i