Injury Report: Updates on Mrazek, Burakovsky, Hronek and More
Here's this week's latest in the injury world. If you don't see a certain player below, there probably haven't been any major developments in their progress. Once there is a significant update, I'll be sure to have it for you on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!
Hampus Lindholm – Left Tuesday's game against the Oilers with an upper-body injury. He lost his balance after some contact from Leon Draisaitl and proceeded to crash awkwardly into the boards. As I write this, the Ducks haven't released an update on his status going forward, but I think this might be a little more serious than your typical 'day-to-day' injury.
Cam Fowler – Will be sidelined for the next two weeks as he recovers from a lower-body injury. With both Lindholm and Fowler injured, Josh Manson will probably see an increased role at even strength over the next few games. Since Manson has never really been deployed on the power-play during his career, it might be Michael Del Zotto who steps up to the top unit.
Jakob Chychrun – An imaging report revealed something "definitely not great" and the 21-year-old defenseman is expected to miss at least the next few games with a hip injury. He hasn't been skating recently and there's currently no timetable for his return.
Ondrej Kase – The 24-year-old forward was traded from Anaheim to Boston on Monday. Check out the fantasy impact of that trade over here. Flu-like symptoms have kept Kase out of the lineup since February 7th, but it sounds like he's getting close to a return. He was a full participant in Monday's practice, skating alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. While he sat out of Tuesday's game against the Flames, he hasn't yet been ruled out of Thursday's clash with the Stars. Kase is someone the analytics community has always spoken highly of, perhaps this change of scenery sparks a breakout that's been prophesized for some time now.
Linus Ullmark – Has been working out on the ice and progressing well in his recovery from a lower-body injury. He is not with the team as they embark on a four-game road trip through Colorado on Wednesday, Vegas on Friday, Arizona on Saturday and Winnipeg on Tuesday. Sounds like it'll be another ten days before he's ready to return to the lineup.
Mark Giordano – Calgary's captain participated in Tuesday morning's skate and it seemed like he'd be available to face the Bruins in the evening. While he ultimately sat out against Boston, that decision wasn't made until close to game time, indicating that he's very close to a return. Barring any setbacks (knock on Miles Wood) we should see him back in the lineup on Thursday against the Predators.
James Reimer – Is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury after teammate Jaccob Slavin landed on top of him, which seemingly caused his leg to bend at an awkward angle. Reimer has been solid this season, sporting a 14-6-2 record alongside a 2.66 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Petr Mrazek – Is expected to be sidelined for the next little while as he deals with a concussion. He suffered the concussion during Saturday's game against the Leafs, when he came out to play the puck and got run over by Kyle Clifford. It's extremely difficult to put a timetable on a concussion as some people get over the symptoms within a few days while others need a few months. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said Mrazek will be sidelined for a few weeks at the most but thinks it might be less than that. With both Reimer and Mrazek on the shelf, it looks like Carolina will be rolling with a goaltending tandem of Alex Nedeljkovic and Anton Forsberg for the next few games. Maybe they should sign David Ayres to a contract.
Andre Burakovsky – Skated hard on Tuesday, but didn't take any contact and it's unlikely he's in the lineup on Wednesday against the Sabres. He's been feeling unwell recently but it sounds like he's really close to a return and could even be available for Friday's game against the Hurricanes.
Philipp Grubauer – A lower-body injury is expected to keep him sidelined until mid-March. Pavel Francouz is definitely worth a pickup if he's still available in your league. Francouz is 16-5-3 this year, with a 2.27 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Elvis Merzlikins – Left Monday's game against the Senators after taking some contact from Anthony Duclair. It appeared as though Duclair made contact with Merlikins' head while it was turned to the side, which could have resulted in a concussion or neck injury. As I write this, the team hasn't released any official update, so we don't know the exact nature of the injury or how much time he's going to miss. A lot of people are rushing to pick up Joonas Korpisalo in fantasy leagues, but as I mentioned in this week's Eastern Edge, there may be better options. The Blue Jackets have been decimated by injuries and face a number of strong offensive teams over the next few weeks – not exactly an ideal situation for a goalie.
Oliver Bjorkstrand – Will miss the next eight to ten weeks as he recovers from a sprained and fractured ankle. That's absolutely brutal news for a Blue Jackets team that is fighting to make the playoffs while already dealing with a number of significant injuries. Bjorkstrand started off slow with six points in his first 19 games but maintained a point-per-game pace over his next 30 contests. This injury may cause him to slip under the radar during fantasy drafts next year, but keep in mind that this guy is the real deal.
Filip Hronek – Has been feeling better recently and is expected to play at some point in the coming week. He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and while he's questionable to return on Thursday against the Wild, he could be back on Saturday against the Senators.
Pekka Rinne – An illness kept him out of the lineup on Tuesday when Nashville faced Ottawa. Players don't usually miss too much time when they're sick, so I expect Rinne should be available on Thursday when the Predators play the Flames.
Igor Shesterkin – Was involved in a car accident on Sunday and suffered a rib fracture that will keep him sidelined for the next couple of weeks, after which he'll be re-evaluated. He has been excellent this season, sporting a 9-1-0 record, 2.23 GAA and .940 save percentage.
Anthony Duclair – Reportedly twisted his ankle during Monday's game against the Blue Jackets and while he isn't expected to be out long term, he could miss a few games. The team is just returning from a two-game road trip. So, now that they're back in Ottawa, Duclair should have an opportunity to meet with doctors to learn more about the injury and its accompanying timetable.
Mark Borowiecki – According to head coach D.J. Smith, Borowiecki is nowhere near skating and will be out for the foreseeable future. There's no timetable available for his ankle injury and I wouldn't be surprised if he was sidelined for the rest of the regular season.
Vladimir Tarasenko – While there's still no timetable for his return, he has been skating with the team regularly. The Blues begin a three-game road trip on March 3rd, that kicks off in New York, moves to New Jersey on March 6th and ends in Chicago on March 8th. Tarasenko is expected to travel with the team during that trip but will not feature in any of those games. When the Blues return home on March 9th, Tarasenko is expected to meet with doctors to determine a potential return date. GM Doug Armstrong would like Tarasenko to play in a few regular season games instead of just being thrown into playoff action.
Steven Stamkos – Has been dealing with a lower-body injury this season, which apparently flared up again during Tuesday's clash with the Leafs. A few weeks ago, Stamkos mentioned that he'd likely have to play through this nagging injury for the rest of the season. It's possible that he's opting for short-term treatment options now, in order to postpone a more long-term treatment option (e.g. surgery) until after the playoffs. Of course, that's just my speculation as the team hasn't released any further update on his status.
Jake Muzzin – Is expected to miss four weeks with a broken hand. For the next little while, Toronto's blueline will feature Tyson Barrie, Justin Holl, Travis Dermott, Calle Rosen, Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren. If you own Frederik Andersen in your fantasy league, I wouldn't blame you for being nervous.
Morgan Rielly – Skated for about 10 minutes on Monday – for the first time since fracturing his foot on January 12th. While it's certainly a step in the right direction, he isn't expected to be back any time soon. He hopes to feature in a few games before the end of the regular season, but there's no timetable for his return.
Jacob Markstrom – Suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday's game against Boston. Initial reports indicate that he could miss three to four weeks as a result. We're expected to have more information about the nature of the injury as well as the accompanying timetable in the next few days. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to see that update when it becomes available. Thatcher Demko will take over starting duties in Vancouver while Markstrom is sidelined. Demko is 11-6-2 this year, with a 3.03 GAA and .906 save percentage.
Brock Boeser – According to Canucks GM Jim Benning, there's a chance Boeser is back before the end of the year. It's been about a week and a half since the team announced that he'd miss at least three weeks with a rib fracture. Again, it seems unlikely that Boeser will have an impact on your fantasy playoffs as he'll probably miss the next few weeks of action. However, this is good news for Canucks fans who are hoping to clinch a playoff berth. Tyler Toffoli – who was acquired to provide some offense while Boeser was sidelined – has five points in three games since arriving in Vancouver.
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