This week, many top players returned to the ice to help their teams. Find out who and get the latest injury updates in this week’s IR Report.
Anaheim Ducks: Josh Manson- Manson wasn’t able to play on Monday and Tuesday because of an illness.
Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith– Keith returned from his injury on Saturday and skated over 27 minutes. Keith returning immensely helps the Hawks because he’s such an integral part of the defense but in a fantasy perspective, I think Brent Seabrook will take a huge hit in production. In the first six games of the season with Keith in the lineup, Seabrook only managed one point. However, in the 10 games Seabrook played in without Keith, he scored 11 points. Keith’s return should make it very hard for Seabrook to maintain this kind of production.
Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk– Datsyuk returned to the lineup Friday and has healed from his ankle surgery. He skated about 21 minutes and played on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.
Detroit Red Wings: Teemu Pulkkinen- Pulkkinen was unable to play on Saturday because of general soreness but is feeling better and played in Monday’s game.
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid– Update on McDavid’s injury. He won’t be able to play for at least two months so he’s projected to return to the lineup during January. However, he’s said that he’s feeling a lot better and has been doing upper-body exercises.
Florida Panthers: Aleksander Barkov– Barkov returned to the Panther’s lineup on Monday and skated back on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr. In the beginning of the year, the line of Barkov, Huberdeau, and Jagr was great so it’s nice to see Barkov return to that line. However, Barkov’s return won’t help Bjugstad. Before Barkov’s injury, Bjugstad was seeing around 15 minutes of ice time per game but while Barkov was injured, Bjugstad started receiving 18-21 minutes of ice time. Now with Barkov back, it looks like Bjugstad’s ice time will drop back to the levels it was at in the beginning of the year. Guess how much ice time Bjugstad got in Barkov’s first game back? Around 15 minutes.
Florida Panthers: Dmitri Kulikov– During Saturday’s game against the Lightning, Kulikov left after he was hit by J.T. Brown and didn’t play in Monday’s game. He’ll at least be out for a week with a leg injury but it isn’t serious.
Nashville Predators: Carter Hutton- Hutton has been activated from injured reserve.
New Jersey Devils: Stefan Matteau- Matteau didn’t play in Saturday or Tuesday’s game because of an illness and is considered day-to-day.
Philadelphia Flyers: Evgeny Medvedev- Medvedev returned to action Thursday and skated about 20 minutes.
Philadelphia Flyers: Mark Streit– Streit had surgery on Tuesday to repair a pubic plate detachment and will probably miss six weeks (A pubic plate detachment “constitutes a central hub of mechanical linkage between the abdominal wall and the lower limbs”, for those of you that don’t know). He has been put on long-term injured reserve. With Streit out of action, I’d expect Michael Del Zotto to get a nice boost in production. Streit held the spot on the top powerplay unit in Philadelphia and someone has to fill that role. Hopefully Del Zotto can jump into the spot and garner up some points. Also, Streit’s injury should help Shayne Gostisbehere a little. On Tuesday night, he got to play in Streit’s spot on the top powerplay unit and scored a powerplay goal. Both him and Del Zotto should get chances to produce and could get some decent production.
Philadelphia Flyers: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare- Bellemare was activated off of injured reserve and played in Saturday’s game.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jonathan Bernier– Bernier returned from injury on Sunday night and gave up four goals against the Rangers. When Bernier got injured, I figured James Reimer’s value would go up but I thought it would quickly go down once Bernier returned. Now that Reimer’s been doing great and Bernier was terrible against the Rangers, Bernier returning shouldn’t have much of an effect on Reimer’s value as I initially thought. Reimer should keep getting starts until he cools off and even then might still be able to take a lot of starts away from Bernier.
Vancouver Canucks: Luca Sbisa– Sbisa may return to the lineup soon and might play during the Canucks’ road trip. Monday’s game marks the eighth game Sbisa’s missed.
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