Monday’s Injury News

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Key injury news and notes from around the NHL

Anaheim Ducks

Sami Vatanen suffered an upper body injury over the weekend and is listed as day-to-day. He’s had a modest start to the year with 5 points through 15 games.

Carolina Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner had an MRI last week and no timetable has been given for a return. He’s listed as day-to-day by the Hurricanes. This is a really tough break considering his start to the season – 9 points and 36 shots through 10 games.

Colorado Avalanche

Alex Tanguay is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee after getting hit in the Montreal game. You can see the video here at NHL.com. With Downie now departed I could see Tanguay getting even more opportunity in their top six. Assuming he dodges serious injury here a 60 point season is more than achievable.

Edmonton Oilers

David Perron is dealing with a neck injury and is considered day-to-day.

Justin Schultz left practice on Friday with a possible rib injury according to reports. It is unclear how serious it is – the good news is he’s day-to-day. His minus 10 rating on the year is a bit glaring. In one year pools it might be worth looking elsewhere at the moment.

Los Angeles Kings

Jeff Carter has a lingering foot injury that has him questionable for next game.

New Jersey Devils

Patrik Elias missed the game on Sunday with an upper body injury. He’s had an ok start with 7 points in 10 games thus far. He was actually dropped in my pool a couple of days ago. My advice is to stick with Elias through this injury; he’s such a consistent producer and could quite possibly be over 60 points and 160 shots.

Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson took a knee to the head from Valeri Nichushkin in overtime against the Dallas Stars. He had to be taken off on a stretcher – it’s unclear how serious the injury is at this time. Backup goalie Lehner could see a number of starts in the coming weeks.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Dave Bolland suffered a leg laceration on a hit from Zach Kassian this weekend. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery. While there isn’t a timetable for his return, I would imagine he will miss a significant portion of the season.

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin is dealing with an upper body injury and is considered day-to-day. He was hurt crashing into the net against Vancouver last Monday. The team has specifically said this is not a concussion. It’s injuries like this to star players that make me wish the NHL adopted a similar injury sharing policy to the NFL – would certainly be a lot easier on poolies!

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