Here are the latest injury updates from around the NHL. If you notice a player isn’t on the list, there probably haven’t been any new developments since our last update. As always, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza for the latest injury information and line combinations.
Ondrej Kase – Was on the ice during Tuesday morning’s skate, but he was wearing a non-contact jersey. We need him to be a full participant in practice before we can even start mentioning words like ‘return’. Concussions need to be monitored constantly, and he’ll need to be feeling better for a good stretch of days before getting back into the lineup.
Antti Raanta – Tweaked something in Tuesday’s practice. It doesn’t sound too serious, so he should still be available for Thursday’s game against the Flyers. He’s travelling with the team on their four-game road trip.
Charlie McAvoy – The Bruins haven’t revealed much about McAvoy’s upper-body injury, and we still don’t know when exactly he’ll be back. While he has been working out off the ice, he hasn’t been skating. I’ll probably have a better update for you next week (it sounds like he won’t be back before then).
Alexander Radulov – Has been skating. He’s aiming to return to the lineup on Thursday when Dallas takes on San Jose. The Stars managed just two goals in their last two games, and could definitely use Radulov back in the lineup.
Jonathan Quick – The Kings’ goaltender will miss three to six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. I’d definitely play close attention to how LA plays during the next few games, considering John Stevens (who was supposed to be an offensively-minded coach) was relieved of coaching duties. If Jack Campbell and Peter Budaj seem to be facing less high-danger opportunities in the coming weeks, it might be a good idea to try and acquire Jonathan Quick in your fantasy leagues. I don’t see how Quick’s fantasy value can be any lower than it is right now. Not only is he injured, but he put up a disappointing 0-3-1 record with 4.55 GAA and .845 SV% prior to the injury.
Viktor Arvidsson – Sported a non-contact jersey during Tuesday practice and didn’t participate in the line rushes. Usually, line rushes are a good indication of whether or not a player is going to play in the team’s next game. The fact that Arvidsson wasn’t skating alongside Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen on Tuesday, makes me think he won’t be in the lineup when Nashville faces Colorado on Wednesday.
Jesper Bratt – It’s possible he gets medical clearance to play before the team wraps up its current road trip. The Devils have two more games on the road before they head back home, Friday against the Leafs and Sunday against the Jets.
Brady Tkachuk – The fourth overall pick of the 2018 draft is extremely close to a return, he might even be available on Thursday when the Sens take on the Golden Knights. He was originally scheduled to miss a month with a torn ligament in his leg. A return on Thursday would be ahead of schedule.
Michal Neuvirth – Is probably a couple days away from being healthy, so he should be available for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks. He’s had only one appearance this season – a 6-1 loss to the Islanders in which he allowed six goals.
Brian Elliott – Will be evaluated on Wednesday morning, but the injury isn’t expected to be serious. If you want an update on Elliott’s status, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza. If you’re reading this, you probably own Elliott in your fantasy league, so let me take this time to offer my condolences for your loss of all goalie categories.
Tomas Hertl – Skated on Tuesday morning and was a game-time decision for San Jose’ game against Minnesota. He appeared to take a hit to the head on Saturday against the Flyers. While he didn’t play against the Wild, the injury isn’t believed to be too serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Brayden Schenn – Is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Coach Mike Yeo observed that Schenn just wasn’t physically at the same level during the team’s morning skate, so he kept him out of the lineup on Tuesday.
Victor Hedman – Seems like it’s being treated as a day-to-day situation now, as his absence from Tuesday’s morning skate simply ruled him out for Tuesday’s game against the Oilers. Ryan McDonagh has been great in Hedman’s absence, with seven points in six games.
Ondrej Palat – Same situation as Hedman. Should be considered day-to-day until the team gives us a more definitive update.
Auston Matthews – Continues to skate and put some pucks on net, but not yet in a high-speed environment (practice). It’s encouraging to see him back on the ice, but don’t expect him back for another few weeks.
Brock Boeser – The Canucks’ forward sat out Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings because of discomfort from a groin strain initially sustained on October 18. Keep in mind that Boeser is just 21 years old and seems to be part of a bright future in Vancouver that includes Elias Pettersson. The team would be smart to let Boeser fully recover from this groin ailment, so it doesn’t become something that bothers him throughout his career.
Erik Haula – Was stretchered off the ice after landing awkwardly on his leg following a collision with Patrick Marleau. Expect an official update from the team on Wednesday, but this looks like it could cause him to miss some substantial time.
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