Injury Ward: Latest injury updates on Price, Carlson, Halak, Reimer, McDavid and others…
Hey everyone! I hope your 2016’s going splendidly so far. Here are some dudes whose 2016 could be better.
The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Carey Price – Price still has one week left on his original recovery timetable, out with a lower-body injury. While the news is the injury is “going well”, he still hasn’t resumed skating, so take that with a grain of salt.
Jeff Carter – Carter looked like he had a chance to return to the lineup on Monday, but it was not in the cards. He’ll get another shot at it when the Kings play Toronto. He’s got an upper-body injury.
David Krejci – The Bruins’ centerman was placed on injured reserve last week with an upper-body injury. The Bruins’ have been holding their own in his absence, posting 50% CorsiFor, 55.8 Corsi/60, and 2.8 Goals/60, which is more or less in line with what they posted with him in the lineup this year (49.7, 54.8, and 3.0, respectively).
Sergei Bobrovsky – Man just call me Nostradamus. After CBJ activated Bobrovsky off the IR, he immediately re-aggravated his injury like I predicted, forcing him to be placed back on it. He’ll have to stay there until January 6th, but might be out a little while beyond that as well.
The Second Liners (50%-80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Ondrej Palat – Palat returned on Saturday to reunite the Triplets line. In his first game back, he posted an assist and three shots. Look for all three of Kucherov, Palat, and Johnson to pick up speed going forward.
Chris Kreider – Kreider was doubtful for Tuesday’s game versus Dallas, and indeed missed it. He has a hand injury, but anyone whose status is “doubtful” may return quite soon, so keep an eye on his status.
Erik Johnson – The Avalanche defenseman suffered a lower-body injury on Monday night, where Tyson Barrie put up four points. Head Coach Patrick Roy says he’ll be out in anywhere between five and twelve days.
The Depth Guys (20%-50% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Nail Yakupov – Yakupov’s status remains unchanged. The kid’s skating, which is a bigger deal for him than McDavid, seeing as his injury was to the ankle. Mum’s the word on his return date though. I try and keep the world up to date on injuries via my twitter feed, so if he’s unexpectedly back, that’s where you can hear about it.
Cam Fowler – The Ducks’ defenseman has a schedule for his recovery from a knee injury, and it looks like its 4-6 weeks. He was having a middling season with just 12 points in 34 games. He’s actually been declining in points-per-game for a few years now.
Jonathan Drouin – Drouin made a return, but it was short-lived. He only lasted around 11 minutes of icetime, had no points, one shot, and was a miuns-two. He was immediately sent to Syracuse, the AHL affiliate, and (though I’m sure you’ve heard about this) his agent, Allan Walsh, has revealed that he requested a trade on the young winger’s behalf.
Mika Zibanejad – After receiving a scary high stick near his eye, Zibanejad received stitches for a cut. Look for updates on him from this morning’s practice. There shouldn’t be an issue with him moving forward.
The Mr. Irrelevants (<20% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Robin Lehner – The Sabres’ goalie is in the AHL right now to get back into game shape. Expect him back in the lineup soon. But… yknow… He’s still playing for Buffalo, so don’t throw a parade or anything.
David Savard – The Blue Jackets’ defenseman returned way ahead of his original prognosis. In two games so far, he has six shots on goal and one assist. He also sent Mikko Koivu to the hospital, which makes total sense.
Oscar Klefbom – Klefbom is still out. While his fractured knuckle has healed, he suffered a lower-body injury while he was out. He will be out for “some time to come”, whatever that means. I’d consider him week-to-week, but that could quickly change to day-to-day.
As always, thanks for reading, and follow me on Twitter for more frequent injury updates and general hockey-related tomfoolery! @AjayDaCosta, in case that address bar is too far away.
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