Here are this week’s injury updates from around the league…
Jakob Silfverberg – He has been working with a skating coach but hasn’t started skating with the team. Doesn’t seem like he’s close to a return.
Ryan Getzlaf – Has been skating for the past four days, so it seems likely he’ll be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Ducks face the Islanders.
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.
Ondrej Kase – Similar status to Silfverberg, he’s been working with a skating coach but hasn’t passed the checkpoints that would indicate a return (e.g. practicing with teammates).
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:
J.T. Compher – Out with a concussion, which means we have no idea how long he’ll be out of the lineup.
Valeri Nichushkin – Was sore after Monday’s game against the Senators, so he sat out on Tuesday when Dallas faced New Jersey. Shouldn’t miss too much more time – if any.
Jonathan Quick – Has been working hard on the ice, and even started facing a few shots on Tuesday. His status remains week-to-week until we get a more substantial update from the team.
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.
Jesper Bratt – Should start skating by himself on Thursday.
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.
Ryan Dzingel – There’s a possibility he plays against the Canadiens on Saturday as he continues to progress in his recovery from a lower-body injury. That’s all we really know right now.
Nolan Patrick – There’s a good chance he returns to action this week. Whether that be against the Blue Jackets on Thursday, the Devils on Saturday, or even sometime next week is yet to be determined.
Justin Schultz – Broke his leg on Saturday after getting tangled up with Tomas Plekanec. He’s going to be out of the lineup for the next four months.
Logan Couture – Seemed to hurt his hand after a collision with his teammate in Tuesday’s practice, but coach Pete DeBoer said he didn’t have an update on Couture’s status.
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.
Paul Stastny – Could potentially be out for the next two months with a leg injury.
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.