Injury Ward: Kucherov Returns; Covid Cases; Tuch, Smith, Guentzel & More

Brennan Des

2021-12-29

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 our last article. If you ever need injury updates for a specific player, shoot me a message on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.

Jakob ChychrunIt sounds like an upper-body injury will keep the Coyotes defenseman sidelined until the second or third week of January.

Alex TuchFive months removed from shoulder surgery, Tuch is expected to make his season debut against the Devils on Wednesday.

Craig AndersonThe Sabres netminder is out month-to-month with an upper-body injury that's kept him sidelined since early November. He was on the ice facing shots last week, but there's no concrete timetable for his return.

Martin NecasEntered concussion protocol after taking a hit during a game against the Kings on December 18th. He was a full participant in practice on Sunday and Wednesday, so I'd expect he'll be available against the Habs on Thursday.

Gabriel LandeskogColorado's captain has been a full participant in recent practices and should be available for the team's next game, against Anaheim on Sunday. He had been out with a lower-body injury since December 10th.

Bowen Byram The Avalanche defenseman has been sidelined with some head-related issues. He has been skating recently and looked like a full participant in recent practices despite wearing a non-contact sweater. Byram could be an option for Colorado's next game, scheduled for Sunday against the Ducks.

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