Injury Ward: Gibson, Hall, Schultz, & Pastrnak Is All Thumbs

Brennan Des



Here’s this week’s latest in the world of injuries! As always, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza for the latest updates.


John GibsonThe Ducks goaltender suffered an upper-body injury when teammate Jaycob Megna crashed into him following a drive to the net by Matt Duchene of the Senators. While we don’t know exactly how long Gibson will be out, we do know that he hasn’t been practicing. Through 46 games this season he sports a 2.93 GAA and .914 SV%, which may not be good enough for the Vezina conversation, but those numbers are extremely impressive considering how terrible the Ducks have been recently.


Ryan MillerIsn’t quite ready to return, but is very close. Which means Chad Johnson and Kevin Boyle will be Anaheim’s goaltending duo against the Canucks on Wednesday!


David PastrnakPicture this, it’s Sunday night and you’ve just finished a lovely dinner with your co-workers. You’re walking to your car when all of a sudden you fall and injure your left thumb. Extremely relatable scenario, right? Especially if your name is David Pastrnak. Okay but seriously, are we sure that Pastrnak was merely walking to his car? Is it really possible to fall while walking? I like to think he was engaged in a spirited trot, happily skipping towards his car when all of a sudden gravity got the best of him. Forgive me for being so insensitive, but when you write about injuries every week, it’s nice to have a break from the same old boring “upper-body, day-to-day”. Speaking of timelines, I should probably mention that Pastrnak will be out for the next two weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated. Danton Heinen took Pasta’s spot on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Tuesday against the Blackhawks. He put up three points in a 6-3 win.


Casey MittelstadtSuffered a lower-body injury duri