While the All-Star break gave most players a chance to rest, some will need more time off to recover from injury. Let’s check in on our patients…
The Big Guns (>75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Nathan MacKinnon – As I write this, MacKinnon has left Tuesday’s game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury. He was holding his shoulder as he left the ice, but expect a more detailed update on Wednesday. If you want to see that update right away, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.
Corey Crawford – The Blackhawks goalie has engaged in a bit of light training, and the team hopes he’ll start skating some time this week. Since he’s not on the road trip and Chicago’s next home game is on February 6, he’ll be out for another week at the very least. Coach Joel Quenneville is optimistic that Crawford will play again this season, but hasn’t provided a definite timetable.
Filip Forsberg – Very close to a return as he is no longer wearing a non-contact jersey in practice. He skated alongside Ryan Johansen and Victors Arvidsson, who should see an increase in production when Forsberg eventually comes back. I’d almost guarantee that Forsberg plays sometime this week, either Thursday against the Kings, or Saturday against the Rangers. He had been having a great season with 34 points in 37 games prior to the injury.
Shea Weber – Will need two to three more weeks to recover from a foot injury he suffered on opening night, an injury he tried to play through early in the season, which is probably why he’s been out for so long. Since I get a chance to watch a lot of Habs’ hockey, I’ll say that Weber’s absence is really exposing a lot of the team’s flaws on the blue line. Sure, there are good stories like Victor Mete’s development, and even Jeff Petry taking on a bigger role, but the core is still very weak. The Canadiens’ have allowed an average o