Jakob Silfverberg – The Ducks’ forward has a fractured finger tip. A few adjustments have been made to his glove so he can continue to play, even with the fracture. He did not travel with the team as they started a two-game road trip on Tuesday against the Blackhawks (game two is Thursday against the Stars).
Patrick Eaves – Made the trip to Chicago but wasn’t in the lineup against the Blackhawks, he’ll also make the trip to Dallas, but probably won’t face the Stars on Thursday. He has been skating frequently, so expect him back soon.
Ondrej Kase – Hasn’t been feeling any concussion-like symptoms in the past couple of days. This is extremely encouraging news, but keep in mind that those symptoms can still make an unexpected return. The team is aware of this, so they’ll wait until he’s symptom-free for a consistent period of time before inserting him back into the lineup.
Charlie McAvoy – Officially, he “has not been feeling right” after a hit against the Oilers last week. He’s back in Boston undergoing some medical tests to find out exactly what the issue is. While there have been some rumours that McAvoy has a concussion, there’s no real significant evidence to back that up just yet.
Scott Darling – Has been activated from the injured-reserve list and should start for the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina’s AHL affiliate) on Wednesday. This start will give him a chance to get back into form physically, so he’s not just immediately thrown out against elite NHL opponents after weeks of being on the shelf. The team hopes Darling will be ready by Friday, when the Hurricanes host the Sharks.
Alexander Radulov – Has been practicing with the team despite missing the past two games with a lower-body injury. For both games Radulov missed, the Stars announced his absence pretty close to game time, meaning he’s probably just a few steps away from a return. Consider him day-to-day for now. Tyler Pitlick took Radulov’s spot on the top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Tuesday.
Ty Rattie – He was drafted in many leagues because his preseason success landed him a spot beside Connor McDavid during the regular season. The points haven’t come as easily for Rattie as they did in exhibition action, but it’s still early in the season. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a few weeks to see exactly what he’s capable of, as he’s on the shelf with a middle-body muscle injury.
Roberto Luongo – The Panthers’ goaltender has resumed skating and is travelling with the team on their two-week road trip. This is definitely encouraging news, but there’s no guarantee he’ll play on the road trip. Florida has just one win in seven games and is allowing four goals against per game (third-worst in the league). James Reimer and Michael Hutchinson have not been playing well. They could definitely use a healthy Luongo.
Dustin Brown – The Kings’ forward is eligible to come off LTIR on Sunday, when the Kings take on the Rangers. As of right now, it seems like he’ll be in the lineup for that game, but only time will tell.
Pekka Rinne – Hasn’t been a significant update just yet. We know that Rinne hasn’t been practicing and is required to miss at least one more game (Thursday against the Devils) because he was placed on IR. Juuse Saros remains a solid option behind a strong defense in Nashville, and can be extremely valuable if Rinne is out long-term.
Cory Schneider – Currently on a conditioning stint in the AHL, he’ll start for the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday night. Keith Kinkaid has faltered in his last two starts for New Jersey, allowing four goals against Colorado and three goals against Philadelphia. Schneider should have an opportunity to reclaim his role as starter when he gets called up, but he won’t have much room for error.
Brady Tkachuk – The fourth overall pick of the 2018 draft will be out for a month because of a torn ligament in his leg. Tkachuk had an amazing start to the season with six points in his first four games. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery.
Michal Neuvirth – Extremely close to a return. He’s taking on more of a workload in practice as he continues to recover from a groin injury. There’s a chance that Neuvirth sees an AHL start on Wednesday, in an attempt to get him back to form. Don’t be surprised to see Neuvirth pick up an NHL start within the week.
Joe Thornton – The Sharks’ forward is travelling with the team as they play two more games in a three-game road trip (Friday against the Hurricanes and Sunday against the Ducks). While Thornton hopes to play in one of those games, nothing is set in stone.
Robby Fabbri – Sammy Blais was sent down, which means Robby Fabbri might be ready to return. St. Louis faces Columbus on Thursday, so we should get some confirmation between now and then. Fabbri had been practicing with the team and feeling good.
Brock Boeser – The young Canuck had been experiencing groin problems since last Thursday in a game against the Jets. He didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice, which leads me to believe he won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday when Vancouver faces Vegas. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Elias Pettersson – Participated in Tuesday’s practice – his first practice since he suffered a concussion on October 13. While there is a chance he plays on Wednesday against Vegas or Thursday against Arizona, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Pettersson is going to be the face of the franchise for many years to come, so he won’t be thrown into the lineup until the team is absolutely certain he’s feeling 100 percent. A player needs to be feeling good for a consistent period of time before they can return from a concussion. Be patient with Pettersson.
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