Injury Ward: Laine; Shesterkin; Kucherov; Backstrom & Covid Cases

Brennan Des

2021-12-15

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.

John Gibson Left Saturday's game against the Penguins with a lower-body injury and is officially day-to-day. As I write this, Gibson's status for Wednesday's game against the Kraken is still up in the air. Backup Anthony Stolarz has been excellent this season, posting a 5-2-1 record alongside a 2.26 GAA and .930 save percentage.

Max ComtoisOn November 18th, Comtois underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right hand. The procedure came with a recovery timeline of six weeks. We're about four weeks into that timetable and he's back on the ice, shooting pucks.  

Jakob ChychrunSuffered an upper-body injury during Friday's game against the Panthers and is officially day-to-day. Chychrun won't play this week, which means he'll miss Wednesday's game against the Rangers and Friday's game against the Ducks. It's been a disappointing season for the 23-year-old defenseman, who has just seven points in 26 appearances.

Dustin TokarskiThe Sabres netminder is back in Buffalo after completing his COVID quarantine. Tokarski won't join the team on their current road trip, so he won't be available for Thursday's game in Minnesota or Friday's game in Pittsburgh. He's expected to resume on-ice workouts this week. The starting role in Buffalo currently belongs to Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who sports a sparkling 1.99 GAA and .939 save percentage through four appearances.

Casey MittelstadtOn Friday, the 23-year-old center underwent surgery for an upper-body injury. There's currently no timetable for his return, but he should be back at some point this season.

Gabriel LandeskogColorado's captain will be sidelin