Sunday's Fantasy Hockey Injury Updates

Victor Hedman goes down with an ankle injury. - Mike Carlson

A fantasized look at NHL injuries & transactions from Saturday

BIG BLOWS

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay): After blocking a shot with his right ankle during the third period of Saturday's game, the 23-year-old defenseman had to be helped off the ice and needed crutches after the game. X-rays came back negative and Hedman surprisingly traveled with the team to Sunday's game, but it is doubtful he will play. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Henrik Sedin (Vancouver): In a big blow to the Canucks, Sedin sustained a rib injury in Thursday's game and while he attempted to play through it in 12:11 on the ice yesterday, he did not return for the third period. Coach John Tortorella took a break from threatening Bob Hartley to mention that Sedin is day-today for now.

Nail Yakupov (Edmonton): On Saturday, the sophomore winger was placed on injured reserve with a "head injury," after being crushed by Minnesota's Matt Cooke on Thursday. He has not been diagnosed with a concussion, but Yakupov is nevertheless undergoing concussion protocol and will not be able to return until Friday at the earliest. Perhaps the concussion will jar him into remembering how to play defense. Or at the very least, help him forget his dismal -31 rating and regain some confidence.

QUICK HITS

Jonas Brodin (Minnesota): Brodin left early in the third period, but later returned, after getting slashed in the face by Antoine Roussel. It was gory enough that play had to be stopped while the rink crew cleaned up blood from the ice, but the talented sophomore should be fine.

Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers): In the third period, Hagelin was hit in the leg by a puck and did not return. He should be active and healthy by tonight.

Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota): The rookie goalie has been so impressive that the Wild are leaning towards keeping three goalies even after Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding return from injuries. I would not be shocked if the team explores potential trades for Backstrom considering their young talent in goal.

BACK IN ACTION

Alex Burrows (Vancouver): Welcome back, Mr. Burrows. After missing 20 games with a broken jaw, he returned on Saturday night with two shots, three hits, and four penalty minutes in 20:46 on the ice. He is worth monitoring, especially if he plays with the Sedin twins.

Paul Martin (Pittsburgh): The defenseman may return as soon as Monday after fracturing his tibia nearly two months ago. He is projected to play with Brooks Orpik. In an interesting tidbit, Jayson Megna, the right-winger who has been out with a lower-body injury, was paired on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Megna is speedy with four goals, two assists, 16 hits, seven blocks, and 19 shots on goal in 15 games this season.

Alexander Steen (St. Louis): Returning from an 11-game concussion absence, Steen had four shots and two penalty minutes in 20:56 on the ice. He comes back to mouthwatering stats to the tune of 24 goals, 14 assists, +15 rating, 121 shots on goal, and 23 hits. Get him active.

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