Here’s this week’s latest in the world of injuries. As always, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza for the latest injury updates and line combinations!
Ryan Miller – Sprained his MCL on Sunday against the Devils and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Early estimates have him sitting out for the next six weeks. The Ducks claimed Chad Johnson off waivers, so they’ll be able to give John Gibson a few breaks every now and then.
Rickard Rakell – At this point, we have no idea how long a sprained ankle will keep him out of the lineup. He’s still walking in a protective boot and hopes to accompany the team on their six-game road trip that begins on Saturday in Columbus.
Corey Perry – It’s been about eleven weeks since Perry had knee surgery. He’s still on track to return sometime in early March.
Antti Raanta – Had a procedure for a lower-body injury that should benefit his long-term health, but there’s a very real possibility he misses the rest of the season. As of right now, he’s out indefinitely. Darcy Kuemper should see the majority of starts going forward and makes a decent add if you’re desperate for goalie help.
Patrice Bergeron – Has been skating on his own, but he’s still a week or two away from participating in practice. David Krejci has six points in three games since taking Bergeron’s spot on a line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
Zdeno Chara – Has been skating on his own as he recovers from an MCL sprain. I expect to have another update for you before he actually returns (meaning he should be out at least another week).
Jake DeBrusk – Officially, the Bruins’ forward is seeing specialists for an injury that has him out on a day-to-day basis. However, coach Bruce Cassidy said, “He gets diagnosed in some way, shape or form and he’ll go into that protocol and we’ll have a better idea on a timeline. As we’ve seen in the past, some of those come around quicker than others. So, it’s better not to speculate.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a concussion to me.
Micheal Ferland – Tuesday night’s contest against the Leafs was his first game back from a concussion that cost him four games. Unfortunately, it looks like he’ll be back on the shelf after leaving the game with an upper-body injury. We should have more details in the coming days.
Jordan Staal – Hasn’t been skating as he continues to recover from a concussion. Luckily for you, I’ve prepared a generic statement for whenever a player gets sidelined by a concussion. “Concussions are unpredictable, he’ll be back when he’s feeling well for a consistent period of time.”
Artem Anisimov – Currently in concussion protocol. Cue the obligatory, “concussions are unpredictable, he’ll be back when he’s feeling well for a consistent period of time.”
Josh Anderson – Left Tuesday’s game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury. From the looks of it, I’d expect him to be out weeks – not days.
Oscar Klefbom – A hand injury will keep him out of the lineups for weeks – not days. This comes at an awful time as Klefbom had seven points in his last nine games and was seeing plenty of ice-time under coach Ken Hitchcock.
Nick Bjugstad – While Bjugstad could probably play through the upper-body injury he’s dealing with, the team prefers to let him rest for a little bit. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mikko Koivu – It looks like the Wild captain will miss the next three to four weeks with a lower-body injury after this collision with Mark Giordano. Koivu had 21 points in 27 games prior to the injury.
P.K. Subban – Sounds like he’s close to a return? Then again, GM David Poile didn’t really specify who he was talking about when he said he was optimistic a couple of Predators were getting really close to a return. Considering Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg should still be out for a few more weeks, I’m assuming Poile was talking about Turris and Subban?
Kevin Shattenkirk – Left Monday’s game against the Lightning with a shoulder injury. He was spotted with his shoulder in a sling and will be out indefinitely.
Mats Zuccarello – Was a full participant in practice! Coach David Quinn used the word ‘very’ three times when describing how close Zuccarello was to a return. I swear I’ve been saying Zuccarello is close to a return for the past three weeks. He’s missed seven straight games…
Pavel Buchnevich – After participating in a full practice, we should see him return to the lineup within the next few days. Perhaps Friday against the Coyotes? Sunday against the Golden Knights?
Matt Duchene – Is out week-to-week with a groin injury. He had 34 points in 29 games prior to the injury. Why can’t Sens fans have nice things…
Bobby Ryan – Concussion. Siri, paste my generic statement about concussions. “Concussions are unpredictable, he’ll be back when he’s feeling well for a consistent period of time.”
Sean Couturier – Expect him to be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Flyers visit the Flames. It looks like he’ll play on a line with Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek – not the usual Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, who will play with James van Riemsdyk.
Patric Hornqvist – Didn’t practice on Tuesday. Remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Matt Murray – Is extremely close to a return after participating in a full practice with the rest of his team. Apparently, Murray was played through some discomfort before eventually being shut down, which might explain his poor numbers (4.08 GAA & .877 SV%) this season. Casey DeSmith has been excellent in Murray’s absence, sporting a 9-4-4 record, 2.34 GAA and .925 SV% on the season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Now that we’re about four weeks into the original four to six-week timetable, we can say he’s very close to a return. He might even be available on Thursday when the Lightning host the Leafs. Tampa has gone on an impressive 12-2 run without Vasilevskiy, so they have no real reason to rush him back.
Paul Stastny – There’s a good chance Stastny will be in the lineup on Wednesday against the Islanders. The final decision will be made on game day, but Stastny said he’s feeling good after missing two months with a lower-body injury.
Tom Wilson – Has been skating and should be cleared to participate in Wednesday’s practice. If all goes well, he’ll be in the lineup on Friday when the Capitals visit Carolina. However, he is dealing with a concussion, which can be unpredictable – so nothing’s set in stone.
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