Injury Ward: Makar, Drouin, Karlsson, Oshie & Covid Updates

Brennan Des

2021-11-03

Here's the latest injury news from across the NHL! If you're looking for information about a specific player and don't see their name in this article, there probably haven't been any significant updates about their progress since last week's article. If you ever need injury updates for a specific player, shoot me a message on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.

Rickard Rakell – The Ducks' forward is week-to-week with a shoulder injury. Rakell has four goals through eight appearances this year, averaging 3.6 shots per game.

Nick Schmaltz – Is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with an upper-body injury. Schmaltz has just one point through his first six outings of the year. He's consistently scored at a 50-point pace in recent seasons but that seems like a tall task given the current quality of Arizona's roster.

Victor OlofssonThe Sabres winger sustained a soft-tissue injury during the team's practice on Monday that caused him to miss Tuesday's clash with the Sharks. He was essentially a game-time decision on Tuesday, which suggests the injury isn't too serious because he wasn't ruled out so far in advance. Olofsson is off to a great start this year, tallying nine points in his first eight appearances.

Casey MittelstadtHas been making good progress in his recovery from an upper-body injury. The hope is he'll be able to practice with the team after they return home from a four-game road trip that wraps up on Thursday in Seattle.

Nino NiederreiterThe Hurricanes forward will be sidelined for a few weeks with a lower-body injury. With Nino unavailable, Seth Jarvis – Carolina's first-round pick from the 2020 draft – entered the lineup on Sunday against the Coyotes. It was his first game in the NHL and he managed to tally an assist through 10 minutes of action.

Tyler JohnsonThe 31-year-old forward is dealing with some neck soreness and won't be available on