Injury Ward: Ehlers, Eichel, Schmaltz, Pettersson, and Hall

Brennan Des

2019-01-09

 

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Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the latest injury news from around the league!

 

Rickard Rakell – The Ducks forward skated on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Pontus Aberg during Saturday’s practice and it appears likely he’ll be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Ducks host the Senators. Rakell posted 38 points in 39 games during the second half of last season, I’m expecting big things down the stretch this year.

 

Nick SchmaltzA lower-body injury will keep the Coyotes center out of the lineup for the rest of the season. Schmaltz had 14 points in 17 games since arriving in Arizona. Don’t forget about that production when it comes time to draft your fantasy team next year.

 

Charlie McAvoyHas been skating frequently on his own and hopes to participate in Wednesday’s practice. While he appears close to a return, the trainers need to see how he responds to the physical contact that comes with a full practice. It’s a real possibility that he returns to the lineup on Thursday against Washington or Saturday against the Leafs.

 

Jack EichelThe Sabres erred on the side of caution as they kept Eichel out of Tuesday’s clash with the Devils. Eichel had been skating earlier in the day, so the injury doesn&