Saturday was not only packed with action, but packed with injuries, particularly for Pittsburgh...
Justin Abdelkader (Detroit): With a crushing (and very illegal) hit to the head from Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland, Justin Abdelkader went down in the first period and did not return. Abdelkader, who will not play today, took Engelland's right shoulder with his chin and then struggled to get up. Engelland received a 10-minute misconduct penalty, an ejection, and a date with the disciplinary committee on Wednesday, which will almost certainly lead to a suspension. Tomas Jurco has been called up to take Abdelkader's place; Jurco has 26 points, including 11 goals, in the AHL.
Ilya Bryzgalov (Edmonton): Sidelined since December 1st, Bryzgalov was activated from injured reserve on Saturday. With the move, Jason LaBarbera was traded to Chicago for future considerations. Chicago plans to send LaBarbera to the Rockford Hodges, but likes the goalie for depth with Corey Crawfordand Nikolai Khabibulin still out with lower-body injuries.
Shane Doan (Phoenix): Shane Doan and The Mystery of Stuff That Makes You Uncomfortable continues, but with some news. He has been suffering from "fevers and some headaches, stuff like that" and "just aches and pains, stuff that makes you uncomfortable." Well, okay then. While there is no timetable for his return and no one really knows what is wrong with him, he has responded to medication and is feeling much better.
Alex Goligoski (Dallas): In the second period, Goligoski was hit from behind by Anthony Peluso and suffered a gash near his right eye. Have no fear, he returned, but Peluso could still be suspended for the hit which infuriated Coach Lindy Ruff.
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh): Suffering from a mostly ambiguous upper-body injury, Letang did not play and has no time table for return. Consider him day-to-day for now and in slightly better shape than his buddy Evgeni.
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh): After scoring a goal and two assists, Malkin was backchecking Luke Glendening on the power play early in the third period when he stumbled and fell legs-first into the boards behind Pittsburgh's goal. Called for holding on the play but unable to serve the penalty, he was helped off the ice while favoring his left leg. He will undergo more tests today, but as a small sliver of silver lining, Malkin was seen walk/limping around after the game. There is no time table for his return.
Sean Monahan (Calgary): The intriguing rookie, who already has nine goals this season, returned after breaking his foot and missing the past seven games. He looked rusty, but his upside is worth an investment if you have room for him.
George Parros (Montreal): He waited two entire minutes before dropping his gloves, but after taking some hits to the head from Eric Boulton, Parros left for precautionary reasons and did not return. It is unclear if he sustained a concussion, but monitor the situation as this would be second of the season.
Stephen Weiss (Detroit): Expect the oft-injured center to be out through at least Christmas with his wonky groin. He still may need surgery, so don't hold your breath - not that you should anyway, considering his woeful four points this season.
Rene Bourque (Montreal): Although he did not make the trip to New York, Bourque continued practicing and could return as early as next week.
Colin Fraser (Los Angeles): Fraser moved to injured reserved after sustaining a concussion on Wednesday night against Toronto. The Kings activated Trevor Lewis in his place, who had been out since November 21st with a lower-body injury.
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay): Hedman began drill work yesterday and expects to return in about a week from his lower-body injury.
Cody Hodgson (Buffalo): Although he participated in pre-game warmups, Hodgson missed his second game in a row with a lower-body injury. He should be back soon.
Elias Lindholm (Carolina): The rookie sat out on Saturday after taking a hard hit from Calgary on Thursday.
Marc Methot (Los Angeles): Methot missed his second game due to the flu.
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay): Incredibly, Stamkos is already skating after breaking his leg only a month ago. He won't be back for another 6-8 weeks, but an extremely promising sign.
Tim Thomas (Florida): Thomas was placed on injured reserve after re-injuring his groin in practice on Thursday.