Are you tired of being the last manager in your league to hear about an injury? Frustrated that someone else snagged Miro Heiskanen when the Stars announced John Klingberg would be out for four weeks? Well, do I have a solution for you! Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza for the latest injury updates and line combinations. While you’re busy living your life (and actually contributing to society), I’ll be glued to my phone. Constantly refreshing my timeline. Waiting for news of Shea Weber’s return. Furiously retweeting updates on Jonathan Quick’s status. Please friends, my self-worth is measured by the number of followers I have on Twitter.
Cam Fowler – The Ducks’ defenseman continues to be evaluated by doctors after taking a puck to the face in Monday’s game against Nashville. His cheekbone appears to be the area of concern, but we should know more in the coming days. I wouldn’t expect him to be in the lineup on Wednesday when Anaheim takes on the Golden Knights.
Antti Raanta – Has been skating and feeling better since sustaining a lower-body injury in practice last week. Coach Rick Tocchet wants to see Raanta practice a few times before getting back into action. I’m just speculating, but Saturday against the Bruins seems like a realistic date to return. I don’t think we realize just how good Raanta has been since the beginning of the calendar year. He sports a 21-10-4 record alongside a 1.91 GAA and .939 SV% in 2018.
Charlie McAvoy – Has a concussion. I say this every time an NHLer gets diagnosed with a concussion, but we really have no idea exactly how long he’ll be out. Concussions are so unpredictable because you can be feeling good for a few days, and start to feel symptoms again out of nowhere. In my opinion, he should be considered week-to-week until we hear otherwise.
Brandon Saad – Brandon optimistic! Optimistic that he’ll play Wednesday against the Blues! Considering coach Jeremy Colliton stacked the top line (Nick Schmaltz – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane), I’m interested to see where Saad will line up. He has three points in his last four games.
John Klingberg – The Stars’ defenseman will miss at least four weeks after surgery on his hand. If Miro Heiskanen is still a free agent in your league (he’s available in 54% of Yahoo! leagues), stop what you’re doing right now and add him to your roster (but come back to finish reading because I miss you when you’re not here). Heiskanen will move up to the top power-play unit, one that features Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Jason Spezza. The third overall pick of the 2017 draft has been such a treat to watch this season, and should see an increased role in Klingberg’s absence.
Jonathan Quick – Still a few weeks away from an actual return, but we should see him start skating in about a week. I mentioned this last week, but it makes sense to acquire him in your league right now for what should be pennies on the dollar.
Jack Campbell – Sometimes we strive so hard to be like our role models, we go overboard – we become too much like them. Jack Campbell was the student, Jonathan Quick was the master. When Quick had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, the only logical option was for Campbell to do the same! Okay, in all seriousness though, it’s really unfortunate that LA lost two goalies to very similar injuries. Campbell will miss the next four to six weeks. Considering how poorly the Kings have played this season, Campbell was a real bright spot with a .923 SV% and 2.33 GAA.
Shea Weber – The Canadiens’ captain practiced with his teammates for the first time this season on Tuesday. He had the knee surgery in early July, and the recovery period was expected to be five to six months. It looks like he’s ahead of schedule, and there’s a chance he plays before December. Weber hasn’t seen game-action for almost a year now, so give him some time to ease back into things. His return should also have a positive impact on Carey Price.
Nico Hischier – Day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He had a good start to the season with 12 points in 15 games, and I genuinely believe he can maintain the 65-point pace he’s currently on. Travis Zajac takes Hischier’s spot on the top line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri.
Pavel Buchnevich – Broke his thumb on Saturday against the Blue Jackets, will miss the next four-to-six weeks as a result. He had been playing well recently, with five points in his last five games. Let’s hope this doesn’t ruin his momentum.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Has been skating. Still no timetable for his return, but he has been making incredible progress since tearing his Achilles in training camp. We might even see him play some time this season (which wasn’t a guarantee).
Derick Brassard – Has been making good progress from a lower-body injury and should start practicing soon. He has only appeared in eight games this season, and has five points in those games. With only one win in their last seven games, the Penguins could really use Brassard.
Brayden Schenn – Won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Blues face the Blackhawks. Coach Mike Yeo hopes to see Schenn play at some point during the road trip, which continues into Vegas on Friday and San Jose on Saturday.
Auston Matthews – Has been practicing with the team, but hasn’t been taking contact. We’re about halfway through the original four-week timetable, and he still seems on track to return in a couple of weeks. The Leafs have scored three or more goals in four of their last five games, so the offense has been okay without Matthews.
Brock Boeser – Should be considered week-to-week with irritated adductor muscles. In this case, it seems like Boeser strained his inner thigh muscles, which control movement inward and to the sides of the thigh bone. The main takeaway here is that the team identified what was bothering Boeser, and now have a plan to fix it. He had 11 points in 13 games while playing through the injury, I’m scared to see what he can do when he’s 100% healthy.
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