Injury Ward: Letang Inching Back, Pastrnak, Byfuglien, Lehner, & Hischier

Brennan Des



Here’s the latest in the world of NHL injuries! Knowing my luck, teams are going to release a whole bunch of updates immediately after this article is posted. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to see those updates.


Derek StepanThe Coyotes forward will miss the next four to six weeks of action with a lower-body injury. By some miracle, the Coyotes are just three points behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot and they’ve played one less game than the Wild. They’ve battled through a number of significant injuries this season and seem resilient enough to stay competitive even without Stepan.


Marcus JohanssonLeft Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes with an upper-body injury after this hit from Micheal Ferland. He has one point in three games since being traded to the Bruins, but his linemates Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci have been on fire. It looks like Peter Cehlarik skated alongside DeBrusk and Krejci in Johansson’s absence.



David Pastrnakhas been skating with a stick in his hand, which is very encouraging considering he’s recovering from a thumb injury. Once he starts shooting the puck as a full participant in practice, we can start talking about a return. I would expect him to be back in the lineup at some point next week unless we hear otherwise.


Micheal FerlandLeft Tuesday’s game against the Bruins with an upper-body injury. While we don’t know exactly what he’s dealing with, it seems he suffered the injury during a fight with