Injury Ward: Nurse, Barkov, Malkin, Point, Backstrom & 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 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. On Friday, the team announced that he was week-to-week with an upper-body injury. He's been Buffalo's best goalie this year, sporting a 4-2-0 record alongside a 2.50 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Casey MittelstadtSkated with his teammates on Wednesday. While he wasn't taking any contact, Mittelstadt said it was a huge step forward, both mentally and physically. There's no official timetable for his return, but he'll need a few more practices before getting back in the lineup.

Bowen ByramWas in concussion protocol after taking an elbow to head last Thursday against Vancouver. Byram has been skating with his teammates recently, but hasn't been taking any contact. There's a chance he'll be cleared to play in Friday's game against the Stars.

Nathan MacKinnonHas been skating recently – an encouraging step in his recovery from a lower-body injury. MacKinnon is expected to return at some point during Colorado's five-game road trip through the East, which begins on December 1st.

Pavel FrancouzWas a full participant in Sunday's practice, facing shots for the first time since spraining his ankle during preseason action. While he won't play against the Stars on Friday, he's