Fantasy Hockey Injury News for Monday

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A fantasized look at the NHL injury news on Monday morning

Buffalo Sabres

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder and goaltender Ryan Miller are both listed as day-to-day. Tallinder is dealing with an upper body injury while Miller has a lower body injury (have to love the NHL and their vague injury reports). If you are in a weekly pool I’d recommend adding Buffalo’s back up Jhonas Enroth to spell Miller while we recovers.

Winger Villie Leino is out indefinitely after sustaining a cracked rib in the team’s season opener.

Calgary Flames

The team’s 29 year old "first line center" Matt Stajan is week-to-week with a deep leg contusion. It’s unlikely Stajan carried much fantasy value to begin with (23 points in 43 games last year), but this injury will force him to the waiver wire in most pools. Expect players like Mikael Backlund and newly acquired Joe Colborne to see increased ice time as a result.

Colorado Avalanche

Captain Gabriel Landeskog missed Friday’s game with a leg injury, but it isn't thought to be serious, a good sign for poolies. I’ve seen Landy undervalued in a lot of leagues, likely due to his 17 points in 36 games last year. This injury will certainly lessen his value even more. My recommendation to those that drafted him is to hang tough. Few players have his mix of points (50-60), shots (260+) and hits ( 200+). If you don’t own him, now would be the perfect time to send across a ‘feeler’ offer to see where the other managers head is at.

Minnesota Wild

The 21 year old centerman Charlie Coyle left Saturday’s game against Anaheim with an apparent lower body injury after colliding with Andrew Cogliano. He is listed as day-to-day. Assuming he is back soon, Coyle has received some time in Minnesota’s top six and may be worth a look in deeper leagues.

Montreal Canadians

Max Pacioretty missed Saturday’s game against Philadelphia with lingering effects of a wrist injury on a hit from Toronto’s Colton Orr. I am looking for Max to affirm himself as a top 40 player this year, likely finishing with north of 70 points and 280 shots. If this injury persists for an extended time he could make for a nice buy low candidate in your league.

Nashville Predators

Defenceman Roman Josi is out after a hit from Colorado’s Steve Downie. I’ve watched the hit a few times and it looked to me a predatory one, not too dissimilar from the way Downie went after Dean McAmmond years ago.

Josi had a respectable season last year, amassing 18 points in 48 games. In only two games this year he has received over six minutes of power play time, playing alongside captain Shea Weber. Hopefully he won’t be out too long, but with a concussion it’s difficult to give a timeline for return.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Nikolai Kulemin is expected to miss up to two weeks with a bone chip in his ankle. The twitter world was initially up in arms, with some suggesting that Kulemin was being held out of Saturday’s game because of a trade. When watching Kulemin you always get the sense he could do more offensively. Alas, his 30 goal, 57 point season in 2010-11 is becoming an ever more distant memory.

Vancouver Canucks

Winger Alex Burrows blocked a shot off his foot against San Jose on Thursday and is expected to miss multiple weeks. This will open up some ice time for Janek Hansen on the team’s top line playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Burrows is a rare blend of 50 points, close to 100 penalty minutes and 150 shots. Make sure to keep an eye on him if an impatient manager drops him to the waiver wire.

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