Injury Ward: Is Anyone Returning Before the All-Star Break?

Brennan Des

2018-01-24

Could there be any players that will make their return from injury before the All-Star Break?

The Injury Ward is rather full this week, but I’ll do my best to update you on all of our patients. With the All-Star Break right around the corner, a lot of these short-term injuries will be given time to heal. Teams don’t update us as often when players are out with long-term injuries, but when they do, I’ll have it for you on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!

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Corey CrawfordThe Blackhawks goalie has been working out off the ice and could start skating again very soon. Coach Joel Quenneville said “I think he is getting closer. He was in again today, had a good workout, feeling much better. When we get him on the ice soon here, hopefully, then we’ll get a better assessment.” The Central is currently the most competitive division in the NHL, with each team showcasing a positive goal differential. The Colorado Avalanche just went on a 10-game winning streak, and still sit fifth out of eight teams. While we still have many games to play, the Blackhawks are seven points out of a playoff spot and have a tough road ahead of them. Crawford’s last game was on December 23, and Chicago has allowed 3.16 goals against per game since then (12 games). In my opinion, the team won’t make the playoffs without Crawford, but they also can’t afford to rush him back if he’s not feeling 100 percent.

Filip ForsbergHas been participating in practice, but not taking any contact. Robby Stanley observed that Forsberg’s stick-handling didn’t seem affected at all by the injury, let’s hope that holds true for other aspects of his game.

Taylor Hall – Will be reevaluated Wednesday after missing the last two games with a hand issue. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, and the team doesn’t believe it will keep him out long-term. Hall has had an amazing first half to the season with 48 points in 41 games, the Devils are going to need him as they push for the playoffs.

Martin JonesA minor lower-body injury has prevented the Sharks’ goaltender from starting recently. Perhaps it’s a good idea to let him rest on Thursday for an extended recovery into the All-Star break. It hasn’t been an ideal season for Jones, as his 14-11-4 record, 2.68 GAA and .910 SV% pale in comparison to Aaron Dell’s 12-3-3 record, 2.32 GA