Injury Ward: All The Avs, Gibson, Krug, Radulov, Hedman, Tarasenko, Bobrovsky & Markstrom
Here's this week's latest injury news. 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!
John Gibson – Didn't practice on Monday and was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Senators because of a groin injury. He reportedly had a spasm in his groin during Friday's clash with the Leafs and left the game because he didn't want to push it any further and cause a tear. Gibson is having the worst year of his career in terms of save percentage (.902) and GAA (3.04). He's one of the most talented goalies in the league but his fantasy value is limited as he plays behind a struggling team.
Hampus Lindholm – Is dealing with multiple upper-body injuries – one of which is a sore back – and there's no timetable for his return. There's a possibility he's sidelined for the rest of the season.
Cam Fowler – Has been working out with the team's skill coach and could return at some point in the next few games, if all goes well. Anaheim plays Los Angeles on Saturday and Montreal on Sunday. Don't be surprised to see Fowler make his return in one of those games.
Conor Garland – Is officially week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Some reports suggest that a knee injury will keep Garland sidelined for the rest of the season, but they haven't been confirmed yet. He had an extremely strong showing during the third quarter of the campaign, posting 17 points in 21 games.
Torey Krug – Suffered an upper-body injury after during Saturday's game against Tampa when he went into the boards awkwardly. He's day-to-day for now and hasn't yet been ruled out for Friday's game against the Sabres.
James Reimer – Was on the ice taking shots on Wednesday (not the alcoholic kind). He was originally expected to return shortly after Petr Mrazek. Now that Mrazek is healthy, I think we can expect Reimer to get back in the lineup soon.
Nathan MacKinnon – A lower-body injury will keep him out of the lineup for the next week or two. MacKinnon has been on an absolute tear this season, tallying 93 points in 69 games. There's really no way to replace the value he brings to your fantasy roster, especially considering Colorado's favourable off-day schedule this week. Keep an eye on Colorado's lines during Wednesday's game against the Rangers to see who takes on a bigger role in MacKinnon's absence. Vladislav Namestnikov, J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost are names that immediately come to mind.
Cale Makar – Will return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Rangers, marking his first game since February 29th. Makar's absence has caused him to fall behind in the Calder race, as he's now six points back of Quinn Hughes (who has played 12 more games). He may have a bit more difficulty scoring with the likes of Mackinnon, Rantanen, Burakovsky and Kadri sidelined with injury.
Mikko Rantanen/Andre Burakovsky/Nazem Kadri – Have all been skating recently, but not taking contact. Coach Jared Bednar said we could see them return during the team's current homestand, which includes a clash with the Canucks on Friday, Golden Knights on Sunday, and Sharks on Tuesday.
Philipp Grubauer – Has been skating recently but there's still no timetable for his return. While Pavel Francouz has played well this season, he's struggled recently, allowing three or more goals in each of his last four games.
Alexander Radulov – An illness kept him out of the team's last two games, but he has been skating on his own and hasn't yet been ruled out of Thursday's clash with the Panthers. It's been a disappointing season for the 33-year-old forward, who has just 34 points in 60 games – a far cry from the 72 points he tallied in 70 appearances last year.
Sergei Bobrovsky – Has been on the ice with Florida's goalie coach recently. While he's getting closer to a return, he won't be available for Thursday's game against Dallas. Chris Driedger has been excellent in Bobrovsky's absence, stopping 59 of 61 shots through two wins against the Blues and Habs.
Jeff Carter – Hasn't been skating recently but coach Todd McLellan still seems optimistic that Carter will return before the end of the regular season. With that being said, once he starts skating again, he'll probably need to participate in a full-contact practice before returning to the lineup. With so many steps left in his recovery, I wouldn't expect him to be back any time soon.
Tomas Tatar – An upper-body injury will keep him sidelined indefinitely. Tatar's absence should have a significant impact on Montreal's offense, as he leads the team in scoring with 61 points in 68 games. To give you some perspective on how well he's been playing this year, Philip Danault sits second in team scoring with 47 points in 71 games. Since the Habs are no longer in the playoff race, he won't be rushed back into the lineup. If there are better options available on the waiver wire, it might be best to drop Tatar in one-year fantasy leagues.
Jonathan Drouin – It appears likely that he'll return to the lineup on Thursday against the Sabres, but the final decision will be made on game day. He has been skating recently as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Chris Kreider – Was skating by himself on Tuesday morning, just nine days after breaking his foot. While this is certainly an encouraging step in his recovery, coach David Quinn said there's no timetable for Kreider's return as he still isn't close to getting back in the lineup.
James van Riemsdyk – Is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with a broken hand. After a slow start to the season saw him put up just nine points in his first 20 games, he had rebounded nicely with 31 points over his next 46 contests. Over the past two months, no team has a better record than the Flyers (18-6-1).
Logan Couture – Left Sunday's game against the Avalanche after a puck was deflected and hit him in the head. On Tuesday, Coach Bob Boughner revealed that Couture wasn't feeling any better and would not be joining the team as they travelled to Chicago for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. It's unlikely he joins the team for the rest of the road trip, which continues through St. Louis on Friday, Dallas on Saturday and Colorado on Tuesday.
Vladimir Tarasenko – Did not travel to Anaheim with the team and won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Ducks. With that being said, the Blues recently placed Troy Brouwer on waivers, which clears up the cap space necessary to activate Tarasenko from injured reserve. It sounds like the 28-year-old forward is getting close to a return, but I'm still not convinced he's a must-add in all fantasy formats. At this point in the season, short-term production is of most importance. Depending on your league settings, there are only two to three weeks left in the fantasy hockey season. Considering Tarasenko hasn't played an NHL game for nearly five months now, can we really expect to be himself as soon as he returns? I think it makes sense to account for an adjustment period, where he takes a few games to get up to speed. After that adjustment period, will there be enough time left in your fantasy season for him to have a tangible impact? I'm leaning towards no. Essentially, I think you might be able to find a few options on the waiver wire that will be able to match Tarasenko's output over the next few weeks.
Victor Hedman – A lower-body injury kept him out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Leafs, but he has been practicing and it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined long term. As I write this, his status for Thursday's game against the Flyers hasn't yet been determined.
Jacob Markstrom – Skated on Tuesday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury. Markstrom underwent a lower-body procedure to treat the injury on February 26th and the team announced that he'd be re-evaluated in two weeks. Well, it's been two weeks since that announcement, so we can expect an update in the coming days.
Alex Tuch – Is not travelling with the team to Minnesota, so he won't be in the lineup on Thursday when the Golden Knights face the Wild. His status for Sunday's game in Colorado hasn't yet been determined.
Mark Stone – Remains week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Coach Pete DeBoer said that Stone should return before the end of the regular season, to play a few games and avoid going into the playoffs cold.
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