Injury Ward: Updates on Matthews, Murray, Kuznetsov, and more…

Brennan Des


Here’s this week’s latest in injury news! Remember to follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza for the latest line combinations and injury updates.

Hampus LindholmHas been progressing well from a lower-body injury. Anaheim has three games left in their road trip: Wednesday against the Panthers, Friday against the Hurricanes and Sunday against the Capitals. It’s the expectation that Lindholm will make his return in one of those three games.

Antti RaantaLeft Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury. He recently returned from a lower-body injury and struggled in three starts during which he allowed 14 goals. I get the feeling he wasn’t at 100% when he returned, so maybe this time the Coyotes will be more careful, and wait till Raanta is completely healthy.

Darcy KuemperIs day-to-day with a minor lower-body injury. With Raanta injured as well, it looks like Arizona’s goaltending tandem will consist of Adin Hill and Hunter Miska. Hill and Miska rank 28th and 59th respectively on our top 60 fantasy hockey prospect goalies over at DobberProspects. I’m not sure if I’d be racing to pick them up in any of my leagues, but if you’re really desperate for goalies in the short term…

Charlie McAvoyHas been skating, but I wasn’t able to find any indication that he took part in a full-contact practice just yet. The Bruins host the Islanders on Thursday and the Red Wings on Saturday. With the information we have now, I wouldn’t expect McAvoy to play in either of those games.

Conor ShearyOut day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He’s seeing more time on the power play in Buffalo than he saw in Pittsburgh, but his production (12 points in 24 games) hasn’t been a huge factor in the Sabres’ 10-game winning streak.

Henri JokiharjuMissed Tuesday’s game against the Golden Knights with an illness. Doesn’t seem to be anything too serious, so don’t expect him to miss too much action.