Injury Ward: Barkov; Pacioretty; Byram; Martinez; Oshie & More

Brennan Des


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.

Craig SmithThe 32-year-old winger has missed Boston's past two games with a nagging upper-body injury. He practiced with the team on Wednesday and it sounds like he should be available for Boston's next game, scheduled on Saturday in Philadelphia. 

Craig AndersonThe Sabres netminder is reportedly dealing with head/neck issues after taking a hard hit in a game against San Jose back in early November. While it doesn't seem like a long-term issue, you have to exercise a great deal of caution when recovering from an injury to head/neck area.

Victor OlofssonHas been sidelined for the past couple weeks with a soft-tissue injury. While he has been able to skate, the injury has been most troublesome when Olofsson shoots the puck. The team has done extensive testing and imaging – none of which revealed anything serious. It just seems like the healing process is taking longer than they expected for an injury of this nature. With all this in mind, it's hard to put a timeline of Olofsson's return right now.

Casey MittelstadtHas been skating on his own and progressing well in his recovery from an upper-body injury, gradually increasing the intensity of his workouts. It sounds like he'll be out for roughly two more weeks.   

Brett Pesce