Here are this week’s injury updates from around the league…
Patrick Eaves – He has been increasing the intensity of his workouts as he gets closer and closer to a return. Once he starts skating with the Ducks’ main roster instead of the extra forwards, we can expect him back in the lineup.
Alex Galchenyuk – Has been cleared for contact! Still no timetable for his return, but he did skate with the team before they faced Minnesota on Tuesday. Through four games and two periods this season, the Coyotes are yet to score a goal at 5-on-5. They could really use Galchenyuk.
Torey Krug – Has been making good progress and should start skating sometime this week. Two weeks ago, the team said his ankle injury would be re-evaluated in three weeks, so we’ll probably be waiting at least a week for his official return.
Scott Darling – No real substantial update just yet, just some light work on the ice. Don’t be surprised if he goes on a little conditioning stint in the AHL before he starts for the Hurricanes. Carolina is 4-1-1 in his absence, with some great performances from Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek. No need to rush Darling back!
Corey Crawford – Coach Joel Quenneville should know sometime on Wednesday whether Crawford will start against Arizona on Thursday. The Coyotes seem to have mastered the art of high-volume/low-quality shots, so it should be a good game for Crawford to ease himself back into NHL action after a very long absence.
Update, per Mark Lazerus of The Athletic:
Corey Crawford says they'll wait till tomorrow morning to make it official, but the plan is indeed for him to start tomorrow.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 17, 2018
Shea Weber – Skated before practice ahead of Montreal’s home opener on October 11. This might have had more to do with his role in the opening ceremony as captain of the team.
Cory Schneider – Has made great progress and should be considered day-to-day at this point. Schneider should be healthy enough to start within the next week, whether or not he gets a start is a completely different matter. Keith Kinkaid has been amazing to start the season, sporting a 4-0 record with a 1.00 GAA, .961 SV% and two shutouts.
Joe Thornton – Was an active participant in Tuesday’s practice, skating on a line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane. However, after the practice, coach DeBoer revealed Thornton needs more time to ensure his knee infection doesn’t return. This probably means he’ll sit out the next two games, but it seems to be more of a precautionary measure than anything else. He should return soon!
Jaden Schwartz – Practiced with the team on Tuesday and looks like he could be in the lineup on Wednesday when St. Louis takes on Montreal. He had taken a puck to the leg against Calgary on Thursday and needed a couple games off to feel better.
Frederik Andersen – Tweaked his knee during Saturday’s game against the Capitals. While coach Mike Babcock originally said he was going to start Andersen against the Penguins on Thursday, there’s no guarantee that’s still the case. It’s a situation that the Leafs will have to play by ear, consider Andersen day-to-day for now.
Elias Pettersson – At this point, you’re probably familiar with the play in which Michael Matheson gave Pettersson a concussion, but here it is again. While we know Pettersson is in concussion protocol, but we have no idea when exactly he’ll be back. Recovering from a concussion is a different process for everyone, but our very own Cam Robinson shared some encouraging information about Vancouver’s star rookie. I should probably mention he had eight points in five games prior to the injury. Good golly is he ever talented.
Dustin Byfuglien – An upper-body injury caused him to miss his second consecutive game on Tuesday. We don’t know very much about the injury, but the team seems to be assessing the situation daily, so consider him day-to-day for now. Josh Morrissey has three points in the two games Byfuglien has missed.