NHL Injury updates on Justin Faulk, Rick Nash, Mike Cammalleri, Jakub Voracek, Jori Lehtera and more
Will Rick Nash ever return? Back in late January, he was expected to be able to play after the All-Star break and look where we are now. Get the latest updates on him and more in the latest IR Report.
Arizona Coyotes: Viktor Tikhonov– Technically, Tikhonov isn’t injured but he did miss Monday’s game so I thought I’d put him on the list. He left the Coyotes temporarily to be with his wife while she is expected to give birth.
Edmonton Oilers: Benoit Pouliot– A shoulder injury will keep Pouliot off the ice for a while. Coach Todd McLellan was quoted saying that Pouliot’s injury is “still long term. Shoulder injury, not day-to-day, and he’s got to see some doctors and have some tests to figure out what long term really is. He won’t play for a little while for sure.”
Florida Panthers: Al Montoya– Panther’s backup goalie Al Montoya exited Sunday’s game early after being elbowed in the head by Marco Scandella. Al Montoya was having a really good season for the Panthers, winning nine of his 16 games while posting an average save percentage .928. He was playing so well, in fact, that the Panthers were afforded the luxury of resting Luongo every once in a while and playing Montoya instead. With Montoya now injured, for presumably a while, the Panthers will rely on Luongo more and start him in more games.
New Jersey Devils: Mike Cammalleri– While there were reports saying Cammalleri might be making his return soon, it was announced that he has suffered a setback and will not close to playing. Cammalleri might not be able to play for the rest of the season. His absence severely hurts the Devi’s offensive capabilities and hurts most of the forwards on the roster. In the 42 games that Cammalleri has played in for the Devils, he’s tallied 14 goals and 24 assists. In the 14 games that Cammalleri has missed so far, the Devils have only averaged 1.86 goals per game. If Cammalleri misses a lot of time, it could spell trouble for the Devil’s offense.
New York Rangers: Rick Nash– Nash is expected to start lower-body workouts in about a week and is slowly recovering from a leg injury that has kept him on the shelf since January 22. However, a return date wasn’t specified and it is unknown when Nash might be able to return to the lineup.
Washington Capitals: John Carlson– Carlson is projected to be out of the lineup for the next three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury. The Capitals have placed him on long-term injured reserve. With Carlson out of the lineup, expect to see Matt Niskanen’s name in the scorebox more often. Back when Carlson was injured in January, Niskanen score eight points in 12 games.
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