NHL Injury Updates on Carey Price, Jeff Carter, Marc-Andre Fleury, Logan Couture, Cam Fowler, Ondrej Palat and others…
Happy New Year, all!
The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Kris Letang – Letang returned and it looked like just what the doctor ordered for the Pens. They won 3-1 versus the Wild, but King Band-Aid Boy showed us why the throne is his. He’s out again with a suspected concussion. He’s skating again, so he might not miss another game.
John Carlson – Carlson missed his first game since the 2010-2011 season with a lower-body injury. An ironman like that wouldn’t break that streak unless the situation was dire, so don’t be surprised if he’s on the shelf for a while.
Jeff Carter – Carter has missed two games with an upper body injury so far. It's "apparently" his hand and he is day-to-day. In the meantime, his injury caused Darryl Sutter to put Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar on a line together and things have really taken off. When Carter returns, he may find himself with new linemates…
David Krejci – The Bruins’ top center is out with an upper-body injury. Head Coach Claude Julien says it’s week-to-week. Ryan Spooner takes his spot on that scoring line and picked up two assists in his first game there.
The Second Liners (50%-80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Mark Streit – The Flyers are looking to activate Streit for Wednesday’s game versus the Sharks. Again, with all the time he’s missed, he’ll need a few games to get his timing back and will then have to fight to wrest a spot on the top powerplay unit away from Shayne Gostisbehere.
Ondrej Palat – Head Coach Jon Cooper considers Palat to be out longer than Johnson, who is expected back this weekend. Check in over the week for a more concrete estimate. He’s out with an ankle injury.
The Depth Guys (20%-50% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Jeff Petry – Petry returned from his upper-body injury on Boxing Day, averaging 20+ minutes a game.
The Mr. Irrelevants (<20% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Oscar Klefbom – Klefbom is still out with a fractured knuckle. He could return in around a week, so keep an eye on his situation.
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