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The Return Of The Injury Ninja….

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!

 

That sound of fear is hockey fans and fantasy hockey owners cringing in fear as the Injury Ninja has returned. As always, the tradition is to check out the latest injury report and break down a few injuries.

 

The Injury Ninja List

 

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Teemu Selanne 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh flu-like symptoms
Mathieu Perreault 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Chris Stewart 2014-03-07 doubtful for Friday’s game against Florida knee
Zemgus Girgensons 2014-03-07 doubtful for Friday’s game against Florida lower body

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Kevin Westgarth 2014-03-02 expected to miss at least one week concussion
David Jones 2014-03-04 out indefinitely shoulder
Jiri Hudler 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Dennis Wideman 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Matt Stajan 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders personal

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Justin Faulk 2014-03-03 on injured reserve upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Marian Hossa 2014-03-02 expected to miss 2-3 weeks upper body

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Blake Comeau 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville sprained left knee
Nikita Nikitin 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville upper body
Ryan Murray 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville lower body

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Henrik Zetterberg 2014-02-24 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely back surgery
Pavel Datsyuk 2014-02-28 expected to miss three weeks right knee inflammation
Daniel Cleary 2014-02-28 will miss at least one week sprained knee
Darren Helm 2014-03-05 out indefinitely head

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Anton Belov 2014-03-02 on injured reserve and is expected to miss at least two weeks partially torn oblique
Viktor Fasth 2014-03-07 probable for Friday’s game against Los Angeles lower body

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Carey Price 2014-02-26 on injured reserve lower body
Josh Gorges 2014-03-06 out indefinitely broken hand

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
John Tavares 2014-02-24 on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season torn meniscus/MCL in left knee
Eric Boulton 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Calgary bruised hand

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Mats Zuccarello 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Carolina broken left hand

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Clarke MacArthur 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Winnipeg undisclosed

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Ray Emery 2014-03-07 will miss Saturday’s game against Toronto lower body

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Martin Hanzal 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington lower body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Radko Gudas 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Boston left leg

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Colton Orr 2014-03-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Daniel Sedin 2014-03-03 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely strained left hamstring
Brad Richardson 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Calgary undisclosed

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Brooks Laich 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix strained groin
John Erskine 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix upper body
Dmitry Orlov 2014-03-07 undisclosed undisclosed
Mikhail Grabovski 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix sprained left ankle

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
James Wright 2014-03-02 on injured reserve sprained ankle
Mark Scheifele 2014-03-05 expected to miss 6-8 weeks MCL
Chris Thorburn 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Ottawa facial laceration

 

Anyone that is anyone knows that Olympic years produce a lot of visits from the injury ninja. It is just a fact. What is going to happen going forward? With over 100 injuries, I can project that there will be dozens of injuries throughout the rest of the month. The last few Olympics really have produced an uptick in injuries.

The latest big injury really is Carey Price. Montreal fans, including Michael Clifford, have to be in a bit of a panic. It was said hey it is not that bad, now it has morphed into a trip to the injured reserved and a few more games out. Allegedly he could be back by next week. Stay tuned! The bigger question will be is Price really 100%. Let’s be honest. No one really knows that!

Price will not be the last big injury this season. March has shown to be brutal already and we are only a week in. Stay tuned and brace for the impact in your fantasy hockey leagues. Good luck everyone and follow me @ChrisWasselTHW if you have any questions. Always bring it and thanks for reading!

 

 

Fantasy Hockey Olympics

The iconic Olympic rings now will meet fantasy hockey. (File Photo)

The iconic Olympic rings now will meet fantasy hockey. (File Photo)

 

The NHL break comes in just a few weeks but just because most of the professionals take a break, it does not mean you have to. That is correct. From some of the best and brightest in the fantasy industry, we bring you Fantasy Hockey Olympics.

 

Why are we doing this?

 

Sometimes you get bored. Sometimes you try something because everyone thinks you won’t have the balls to do it. Yet here we are. Imagine doing a fantasy hockey box pool for a tournament that lasts less than two weeks. That is just what we are doing. The goal is to give the fantasy hockey and casual hockey fan a new way to look at the Olympics while keeping their interest peaked.

 

It is a goal to try and be creative while giving hockey fans every opportunity to get into fantasy sports/fantasy hockey. This is all while attempting to bring in the casual hockey fans and even general sports fans. Basically expect the unexpected as there will be a little bit of a break between NHL games and the Olympic games.

 

The Men’s Schedule…..

 

WED, FEB 12
1 21:00 C Czech Republic vs. Sweden
2 21:00 C Latvia vs. Switzerland
THU, FEB 13
3 12:00 B Finland vs. Austria
4 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovenia
5 16:30 A Slovakia vs. United States
6 21:00 B Canada vs. Norway
FRI, FEB 14
7 12:00 C Czech Republic vs. Latvia
8 16:30 C Sweden vs. Switzerland
9 21:00 B Canada vs. Austria
10 21:00 B Norway vs. Finland
SAT, FEB 15
11 12:00 A Slovakia vs. Slovenia
12 16:30 A United States vs. Russia
13 21:00 C Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
14 21:00 C Sweden vs. Latvia
SUN, FEB 16
15 12:00 B Austria vs. Norway
16 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovakia
17 16:30 A Slovenia vs. United States
18 21:00 B Finland vs. Canada

QUALIFICATION PLAY-OFF

TUE, FEB 18
19 12:00 tbd
20 16:30 tbd
21 21:00 tbd
22 21:00 tbd

QUARTERFINALS

WED, FEB 19
23 12:00 tbd
24 16:30 tbd
25 21:00 tbd
26 21:00 tbd

SEMIFINALS

FRI, FEB 21
27 16:00 tbd
28 21:00 tbd

BRONZE MEDAL GAME

SAT, FEB 22
29 19:00 L27 vs. L28

GOLD MEDAL GAME

SUN, FEB 23
30 16:00 W27 vs. W28

 

The action starts on February 12th and concludes on the 23rd with the gold medal game. Above is what the grid err schedule looks like. Coming soon will be what the boxes will look like along with information on cost, size of leagues, and ways you can help promote this fun little venture.

 

Look at it this way, it surely is a lot better than sitting around for almost three weeks and doing little or nothing. There will be more details soon via The Hockey Writers, Dobberhockey, Puckrant, THW Live, and many others. The fantasy revolution is coming….

Fantasy Hockey Oddities!

He must feel like Goldberg some days. (File  Photo)

He must feel like Goldberg some days. (File Photo)

 

This departure from the normal injury posts brought to you by FantasyTrade411 was needed. There are just too many oddities in the fantasy hockey world right now for words. Sure the injuries have been just as zany this hockey season but I have numbers cooked up here that you would not even see in the ECHL. We often wish this was made up but sadly it is not. Are you ready for the statistical carnage? I thought you were. So let’s take a trip and see what we can find.

Goaltending Oddities

 

Some of the worst and best from this season from the last line of defense.

 

 

– When is the last time you saw a Conn Smythe winning goalie and a Vezina winner both outside the top 30 among goalies? How about right now? Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick are both tied for 35th at a .905 save percentage.

 

 

– Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped all eight attempts on him in the shootout. Yes we were shocked by this too.

 

 

– Ben Bishop leads all goalies in fantasy hockey above the minimum with a .936 save percentage while sporting a 22-5-3 record.

 

– Jimmy Howard had a 6-9-8 record going into Saturday night’s action. The Red Wings are 12-5-2 when he is not in the starting lineup.

 

– Henrik Lundqvist is 12-16-2 after 30 decisions this year. He was 15-13-2 in that span last year. Maybe that is even more scary. Or is the .928 save percentage in 2013 compared to the .905 this season? You make the call!

 

 

– Mike Smith has played 34 games going into tonight and has zero shutouts. He had five bagels in 34 starts last season for the Phoenix Coyotes.

 

– Brian Elliott has a 1.84 GAA and .928 save percentage this year going into Saturday night. He has career numbers that are a 2.51 GAA and .910 save percentage. Yes, you do the math!

Defensive Oddities

 

– Duncan Keith has nearly an assist a game with 39 assists in 44 games. Sorry for those looking for goals as he only has three despite taking 108 shots on net.

 

– Shea Weber is a -12 after 38 games played and has made some unusually bad turnovers by anyone’s standards and yet he has seven power play goals so special teams hawks take heart.

 

– Sometimes numbers do not tell the whole story as Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene have virtually identical stat lines while on the same team (7-14-21). Yet perception wise one defenseman (Greene) is light years ahead of the other. Why? Intangibles. It is not always about the numbers.

 

– The only player in the NHL to have 100 or more hits and 30 or more points is none other than Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks. It is good to see the physical players getting some big points once again.

 

Zdeno Chara has 18 points in 40 games which less than a half point per game. The last full season where his points per game was this low was over ten years ago. On the bright side, his nine goals and his shooting percentage is approaching ten percent.

Forward Oddities

 

– The shortest category leads off with Alex Ovechkin. He has 31 goals but has a whopping -15. The last 50 goal scorer that was that big a minus or close was the 2007-08 season where Ilya Kovalchuk had 51 goals with a -12. Ovechkin is well on his way.

 

– Joe Thornton has 41 assists in 41 games which is not that uncommon but at this stage of the game, it may be. The Jumbo Joe is on pace for over 75 assists. Age is really only a number.

 

– The Eric Staal decline continues. Now after an injury tonight, who knows how long he will be out for but Staal, who has world class talent, is now on pace for less than 70 points. Honestly, this is a player who should regularly be between 85 and 95 points a year and yet he is a -15 with only 10 goals in 41 games. The biggest oddity is that he has one….ONE power play goal this year. Fantasy hockey fans cringe horribly there!

 

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That is it for now. See you next week with more injuries. As always you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW. Thanks for reading. 

Boston Vs. Pittsburgh: The Injury Ripple Effect?

At this rate, the question has to be asked if he is next? (Crosby, C-PIT)

At this rate, the question has to be asked if he is next? (Crosby, C-PIT)

Dear god! Make them stop! This is more a simple editorial this week because literally let’s look at the two team’s injury reports first.

Injurious Abyss Injury Ninja Style

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Marc Savard 2013-09-07 on injured reserve and will miss the entire season post-concussion syndrome
Adam McQuaid 2013-12-01 on injured reserve lower body
Chris Kelly 2013-12-08 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely broken ankle
Daniel Paille 2013-12-09 out indefinitely concussion-like symptoms
Loui Eriksson 2013-12-09 on injured reserve concussion
Dougie Hamilton 2013-12-09 expected to miss 2-4 weeks lower body
Jarome Iginla 2013-12-16 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Calgary dislocated left ring finger
Shawn Thornton 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed

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PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Tomas Vokoun 2013-09-26 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely blood clot in hip
Rob Scuderi 2013-10-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely ankle surgery
Beau Bennett 2013-11-23 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 2-3 months wrist surgery
Tanner Glass 2013-11-26 on injured reserve broken right hand
Paul Martin 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely undisclosed
Andrew Ebbett 2013-12-04 on injured reserve broken ankle
Brooks Orpik 2013-12-08 on injured reserve head
Kris Letang 2013-12-14 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely upper body
Evgeni Malkin 2013-12-16 missed Monday’s game against Toronto lower body
James Neal 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed
Deryk Engelland 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed

 

Actually we will not include the Boston and Pittsburgh twitter fight, because it is childish and immaterial to your fantasy team. You may even be able to add players after tonight’s Pittsburgh-Toronto game so stay tuned to see what transpires. Injury after injury after injury seems to keep on coming as there are now over 140 NHL players on the injury list. If it seems like it shows no signs of getting better then you may be right.

 

Robert Bortuzzo may or may not get suspended tonight, another Penguin went down and yet Pittsburgh still won over Toronto 3-1. Keep in mind, both Boston and Pittsburgh are winning despite their injuries which you can do in a weak Eastern Conference. Even Tuukka Rask and it seems half the Boston media contracted the flu last week. This is just how crazy it has been with these two teams.

 

The scary thing is Boston plays tomorrow night and the focus will shift from Pittsburgh to Boston to see if the Bruins can manage to avoid the injury ninja. Right now, both teams have an extremely high team “InjureCon”. It is rare to go the team route but exceptions needed to be made. In the meantime, take a breath and maybe the fighting will stop but the injury trend may be one that worsens before it gets better.

 

Fantasy Hockey: When It Rains, Injures Pour?

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!

 

Hey we are back once again! December is here in what has been a nightmare of a season for fantasy owners. If you think the injuries have just been off the charts, then you are not too far off.

 

Let’s take a look at what new injuries are lingering around in the NHL.

 

Fantasy Hockey Injury Ninja

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Mathieu Perreault 2013-12-06 on injured reserve lower body

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Johnny Boychuk 2013-12-06 out indefinitely upper body
Adam McQuaid 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh lower body

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Alexander Sulzer 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Montreal undisclosed

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Sean Monahan 2013-11-28 on injured reserve fractured foot
Dennis Wideman 2013-11-28 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks broken hand
Brian McGrattan 2013-12-06 doubtful for Friday’s game against Phoenix lower body

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Mike Komisarek 2013-12-06 on injured reserve lower body
Brett Bellemore 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against San Jose concussion
Drayson Bowman 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against San Jose bruised ankle

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Michal Handzus 2013-12-06 probable for Friday’s game against Anaheim illness
Andrew Shaw 2013-12-06 will miss Friday’s game against Anaheim upper body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Jan Hejda 2013-12-06 will miss Friday’s game against Calgary bruised knee

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Sergei Bobrovsky 2013-12-04 on injured reserve and will miss at least one month strained groin

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Trevor Daley 2013-12-06 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely sprained left ankle
Ryan Garbutt 2013-12-06 probable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia bone bruise in foot/ankle

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Henrik Zetterberg 2013-12-02 will miss at least two weeks herniated disc
Pavel Datsyuk 2013-12-06 missed Friday but likely to play by Tuesday. concussion
Darren Helm 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against New Jersey shoulder

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Ilya Bryzgalov 2013-12-02 on injured reserve concussion-like symptoms
Boyd Gordon 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Calgary upper body

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Aleksander Barkov 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Detroit lower body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Mikael Granlund 2013-11-28 on injured reserve head

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Rene Bourque 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Buffalo lower body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Filip Forsberg 2013-11-30 on injured reserve upper body
Shea Weber 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington facial laceration/eye

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Carter 2013-12-01 on injured reserve lower body

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Vincent Lecavalier 2013-12-06 will miss Saturday’s game against Dallas back spasms

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Paul Martin 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely undisclosed
Andrew Ebbett 2013-12-04 out indefinitely broken ankle
Evgeni Malkin 2013-12-06 will miss Saturday’s game against Boston lower body
Pascal Dupuis 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Boston undisclosed

SAN JOSE

Player Date Status Description
Raffi Torres 2013-09-23 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 3-5 months right knee surgery
Adam Burish 2013-10-15 on injured reserve lower body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Keith Aulie 2013-12-06 out indefinitely broken hand
Radko Gudas 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Winnipeg upper body
Victor Hedman 2013-12-06 out indefinitely lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Joffrey Lupul 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is expected to miss two weeks strained groin
Colton Orr 2013-12-04 on injured reserve bruised elbow
Tyler Bozak 2013-12-04 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely strained oblique

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Alexandre Burrows 2013-12-02 expected to miss one month broken jaw
Alexander Edler 2013-12-04 out indefinitely lower body

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Michal Neuvirth 2013-11-29 on injured reserve lower body
Brooks Laich 2013-12-04 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville groin

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Michael Frolik 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay flu-like symptoms
Evander Kane 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay lower body

 

All these injuries just seem to get in the way of fantasy teams to the point of utter craziness. What should scare owners is how many key players are going down to injury. Remember there is a little over two months until the start of the Winter Olympics (at least the hockey).

 

With 46 new injuries since Thanksgiving, the turkey no doubt went on some kind of injurious rampage. This week we have also seen referees try to injure teams and then some who you wonder if their eyes are injured.

 

There was THIS!

 

 

There were a bevy of angles and slow motion replays that showed Cory Schneider in the correct area to play the puck. Anyone who wants to #KillTheTrapezoid is well within their right. It was an awful rule to begin with, one that never should have seen the light of day. If you want to “injure” goalies a little more, let’s make more silly rules.

 

This is all in an effort to increase scoring. By the way, has anyone noticed the smaller equipment has had a slight effect in injuries this year. Goalie are lighter for the most part which sometimes leads to injury because of that higher range of motion.

 

Fantasy Hockey Parting Shot

 

Keep an eye on a few new injuries from tonight but this injury parting shot. The last time Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were injured at the same time was April of 2006. Think about that for a second. Let it sink in and remember next week we return with more InjureCon. This week we will do it via Twitter. Good luck fantasy hockey fans!

 

 

Going Into The Hurt Fantasy Hockey Locker!

He must feel like Goldberg some days.

Fantasy hockey fans, Jonathan Quick is anchored but out of your lineup for at least 4-6 more weeks.

This is the hardest part of fantasy hockey. When you get into those weeks where it just seems the focus is not there. It was a strange week with at least a little less in the volume of new injuries. Let’s get down to business on this “injury light” edition of the fantasy hockey injurecon.

Injury Report Fantasy Hockey Week 8

 

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Dennis Seidenberg 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against St. Louis lower body
Adam McQuaid 2013-11-20 doubtful for Thursday’s game against St. Louis strained right hip/groin

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Alexander Semin 2013-11-19 out indefinitely concussion
Ron Hainsey 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Detroit flu-like symptoms
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Detroit upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Nikolai Khabibulin 2013-11-17 on injured reserve lower body
Marian Hossa 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Winnipeg lower body
Bryan Bickell 2013-11-20 expected to miss Thursday’s game against Winnipeg lower body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Matt Duchene 2013-11-18 will miss at least one week strained oblique

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Marian Gaborik 2013-11-15 on injured reserve sprained knee
Brandon Dubinsky 2013-11-20 will miss Wednesday’s game against Calgary bruised foot

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Alex Chiasson 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against the NY Rangers facial laceration

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Daniel Alfredsson 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Carolina tightness in groin
Danny DeKeyser 2013-11-20 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks separated left shoulder

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Philip Larsen 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Florida undisclosed

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Scott Gomez 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Edmonton strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jonathan Quick 2013-11-13 will miss at least 4-6 weeks + strained groin
Kyle Clifford 2013-11-13 on injured reserve upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Niklas Backstrom 2013-11-14 on injured reserve concussion

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Rene Bourque 2013-11-20 questionable for Friday’s game against Washington lower body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Eric Nystrom 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Toronto upper body

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Evgeni Nabokov 2013-11-18 on injured reserve and will miss at least one month strained groin
Thomas Vanek 2013-11-20 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Zbynek Michalek 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Colorado lower body
Lauri Korpikoski 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Colorado upper body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Patrik Berglund 2013-11-20 will miss Thursday’s game against Boston upper body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Mark Barberio 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against San Jose lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Mark Fraser 2013-11-20 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Nashville lower body

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Mike Green 2013-11-13 on injured reserve lower body

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Zach Bogosian 2013-11-16 out indefinitely strained groin

 

Big problems are looming on the horizon especially with the Jonathan Quick injury. Eventually Ben Scrivens will return to Earth at some point. Also at some point, Mike Smith of the Coyotes will see less shots otherwise he may end up on this list again.

There were 30 new injuries which was down a hair from those high 30′s to low 40′s the past few weeks. Lastly, there were my favorite Injurecons Of The Week.

InjureCon Blues?

Zach Bogosian –D — WPG – Dear god, can this guy stay healthy? That answer is no as he is week to week once again with another malady. InjureCon up to 9.

Mike Green — D — WSH – He is skating which means he is on his way back but how long will it be before Green is injured once again? InjureCon rises to a 9.

Jonathan Quick — G — LAK – Quick will be out at least another 4-6 more weeks with a Grade 2 maybe 3 groin strain. Keep an eye on this as it could be longer yet. InjureCon up to 7.

John Tavares — F — NYI – Tavares was lucky enough to only bump into the sensitive area of an official the other night. That could have been painful and awkward at the same time. However, he is fine but the Islanders are not. InjureCon up to 5.5.

Josh Harding — G — MIN – Maybe the injury is getting close at hand with Harding again as he was yanked the other night then gave up three goals despite the win last night. Something tells me the time may be near. InjureCon steamrolls upward to an 8.

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That is it for now. See you next week. If you have any fantasy hockey questions at all, just step up and ask them @ChrisWasselTHW.

The Seventh Sign Of Injuries: NHL Injury Report

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja! Here come the injuries!

It is hard to believe but we are at Week 7 already hockey fans.

Latest NHL Injuries

 

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Getzlaf 2013-11-12 will miss Tuesday’s game against Florida upper body
Jonas Hiller 2013-11-12 expected to be available for Tuesday’s game against Florida illness

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Adam McQuaid 2013-11-12 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Columbus strained right hip/groin

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Curtis Glencross 2013-11-06 out indefinitely sprained MCL

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Colorado upper body
Tim Gleason 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Colorado upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Michal Rozsival 2013-11-11 probable for Thursday’s game against Phoenix facial

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Wilson 2013-11-08 out indefinitely back

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Nick Foligno 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Washington personal

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Ray Whitney 2013-11-10 on injured reserve lower body

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Stephen Weiss 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg strained groin

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Luke Gazdic 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Dallas bruised shoulder

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Scott Gomez 2013-11-12 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Anaheim strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jarret Stoll 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Buffalo upper body
Kyle Clifford 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Buffalo upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Keith Ballard 2013-11-06 on injured reserve upper body
Clayton Stoner 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Toronto leg

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Travis Moen 2013-11-11 will miss at least one week facial fracture

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Mike Fisher 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders lower body
Gabriel Bourque 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders personal

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Stephen Gionta 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Rangers sore foot/ankle

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Thomas Vanek 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Nashville upper body

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Taylor Pyatt 2013-11-08 on injured reserve concussion

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Chris Phillips 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Steve Downie 2013-11-12 was activated from injured reserve for Tuesday’s game against Ottawa concussion
Michael Raffl 2013-11-12 expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Ottawa flu-like symptoms

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Derek Morris 2013-11-10 on injured reserve lower body
Radim Vrbata 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis lower body
Martin Hanzal 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis undisclosed

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Paul Martin 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed
Tanner Glass 2013-11-12 probable for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia lower body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Jordan Leopold 2013-11-08 on injured reserve and will miss at least two months hand surgery
Brenden Morrow 2013-11-12 probable for Tuesday’s game against Phoenix upper body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Keith Aulie 2013-11-12 on injured reserve upper body
Steven Stamkos 2013-11-12 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely right tibia surgery
Sami Salo 2013-11-12 will miss Tuesday’s game against Montreal lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Colton Orr 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Minnesota undisclosed

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
David Booth 2013-11-12 probable for Thursday’s game against San Jose lower body

 

In the last week, we have seen 39 new injuries but out of those, three were personal and several are suspected to have the flu or illness. Obviously the Steven Stamkos injury is very significant but people need to realize there are just so many maladies in the fantasy world that plugs have to be filled in so many places it seems. The more you keep an eye on the whole picture, the better off you will be.

Injury Additions?

Jonathan Quick — G — Los Angeles:  Quick left late in OT against Buffalo with a rather apparent groin injury. Consider him day to day for now.

Anton Volchenkov — D — New Jersey:  Volchenkov went down early against the New York Rangers with what is believed to be a lower body injury

Craig Anderson — G — Ottawa:  One has to wonder if he is 100% after giving up five goals to the Flyers of all teams. I am definitely not a doctor but a few of those goals he did not look all right.

There were a lot of near misses tonight as well so keep this in mind because in the NHL, you never know.

Enter The InjureCon?

Tim Thomas — G — Florida:  Thomas is a walking injury waiting to happen at the age of 39. That lower body just does not move the way it wants to sometimes. InjureCon: 8.5.

Jason Spezza — C — Ottawa – There is something that could be wrong but it just seems something is a bit off with Spezza lately. We’ll keep an eye on it. InjureCon: 6.

Ryan McDonagh — D — NY Rangers – McDonagh took a few more hits than he is usually accustomed to and while there is no specific injury….it just seems like an injury is more possible now. InjureCon: 5.5

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Good luck everyone this week and by all means follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW for all things fantasy hockey.

Enter The New Injuries At The InjureCon

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!  Be wary of fakes as Week 6 is now upon us.

Hey, the injuries are still mounting.  These are the latest injuries from Week 5 for you beleaguered fantasy owners out there.

The New Injury Batch

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Saku Koivu 2013-10-27 on injured reserve head
Teemu Selanne 2013-10-30 on injured reserve oral surgery
Sami Vatanen 2013-11-04 questionable for Monday’s game against the NY Rangers upper body

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Johnny Boychuk 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Dallas upper body

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Tim Gleason 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia upper body
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Brad Mills 2013-11-04 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Winnipeg lower body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Jamie McGinn 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Nashville bruised knee
Alex Tanguay 2013-11-04 expected to miss two weeks sprained knee

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Brendan Smith 2013-11-03 on injured reserve separated shoulder
Johan Franzen 2013-11-04 questionable for Monday’s game against Winnipeg illness

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Tyler Pitlick 2013-10-27 on injured reserve sprained left knee
David Perron 2013-10-28 on injured reserve strained neck
Devan Dubnyk 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Florida sprained ankle
Justin Schultz 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Florida strained groin/rib cage
Richard Bachman 2013-11-03 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Florida strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jeff Carter 2013-11-01 on injured reserve lower body
Jarret Stoll 2013-11-03 questionable for Thursday’s game against Buffalo upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Charlie Coyle 2013-11-04 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Calgary sprained knee

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Travis Moen 2013-10-27 on injured reserve facial fracture

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Mike Fisher 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Colorado lower body
Matt Hendricks 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Colorado upper body

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Travis Zajac 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia sprained right ankle
Anton Volchenkov 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia lower body
Patrik Elias 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia illness
Jon Merrill 2013-11-04 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia facial laceration

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Dominic Moore 2013-10-30 will miss at least 1-2 weeks strained oblique

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Erik Condra 2013-11-02 will miss at least one week sprained muscle in right leg
Craig Anderson 2013-11-04 will miss Tuesday’s game against Columbus head/neck

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Steve Downie 2013-11-02 on injured reserve concussion
Vincent Lecavalier 2013-11-04 probable for Tuesday’s game against Carolina facial contusion

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Jeff Halpern 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
David Schlemko 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Vancouver lower body

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Rob Scuderi 2013-10-27 out indefinitely ankle surgery
Chuck Kobasew 2013-10-29 expected to miss 3-4 weeks lower body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Magnus Paajarvi 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
Brenden Morrow 2013-11-04 will miss Tuesday’s game against Montreal upper body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Dave Bolland 2013-11-03 out indefinitely left ankle surgery

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
John Erskine 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
Alex Ovechkin 2013-11-03 probable for Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Jay Beagle 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders illness

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Paul Postma 2013-10-27 on injured reserve blood clot in leg
Mark Stuart 2013-11-01 on injured reserve hip
Evander Kane 2013-11-04 doubtful for Monday’s game against Detroit lower body

That is not a misprint ladies and gentlemen. There were a whopping 44 new injuries in Week 5 fantasy hockey fans. That is up from 37 in Week 4. The fact that Alex Ovechkin was still on the injury report is a bit concerning but he should be back on Tuesday. Evander Kane has to be a new concern for Winnipeg Jets fans and fantasy fans alike who have to just be reeling at this point.

Dave Bolland may be out anywhere from 3-6 months after a severe leg laceration that required immediate surgery. It is a very unfortunate blow but not a severe one for Toronto. This just adjusts some fantasy roles so owners should be aware.

The final concern for me is Patrik Elias, who has missed another two games with an illness/upper body ailment. This is believed to be nagging but not serious which is also rather vague as far as terminology. Elias really should be only started in deeper leagues as his “InjureCon” number is rising quickly. Check back Thursday to see if Elias actually does play.

Speaking Of The InjureCon:

Martin Brodeur (G — NJD) –You have to be very concerned with a 3-7-4 team with a horrendous early schedule and a yo-yo rotation for goalies. Add in that he is 41 years old and you have the makings of an injury happening almost at any time. His number is an 8.

Jonathan Quick (G — LAK) – The Kings have to be a bit worried that Quick has not looked quite right all year for a second campaign in a row. There are times where he looks like the Stanley Cup winner and then it just fades away all too quickly. Granted, the Pacific is a tough division but I still wonder about a nagging injury. Quick’s number is a 6.

Jonas Hiller (G — ANA) — His number drops simply because of the depth in the Anaheim organization. That helps immensely. However, Hiller does have a tendency to get hurt unfortunately and you just never know. His InjureCon is a 6.5.

Antti Niemi (G — SJ) — Could he play 75 games this year? If he does I will eat a page of newspaper. Niemi is the type of goalie who does regress a bit as the season goes on and his chances of injuries do increase. That does not mean he is not a very good goalie. He is! That injury number is a 6.5.

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That does it for this week. See you next week with more injuries and mayhem. Do not give up fantasy hockey fans. You can follow me @ChrisWasselTHW and thanks for reading.

The Fantasy Hockey InjureCon: Week 5

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!

All in all, Week 5 is where we start to see some more injuries while some players get healthy. The comings and goings are destined to be an interesting ride for fantasy owners.

Please note that these are injuries that happened in Week 4. Any other injuries should be checked on TSN’s Injury Page. We do not count suspensions unless they are fantasy relevant players.

Fantasy Hockey Injury Update

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Jakob Silfverberg 2013-10-26 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks broken right hand
Mathieu Perreault 2013-10-27 questionable for Sunday’s game against Columbus sprained left wrist
Dustin Penner 2013-10-27 questionable for Sunday’s game against Columbus mild concussion

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Loui Eriksson 2013-10-24 out indefinitely concussion

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Mike Weber 2013-10-26 on injured reserve upper body

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Mark Giordano 2013-10-21 on injured reserve lower body
Lee Stempniak 2013-10-27 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Toronto lower body

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Brett Bellemore 2013-10-25 on injured reserve lower-body
Cam Ward 2013-10-25 on injured reserve lower body
Patrick Dwyer 2013-10-26 questionable for Monday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body
Jeff Skinner 2013-10-26 questionable for Monday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Michael Kostka 2013-10-22 on injured reserve and will miss 4-6 weeks lower body
Michal Handzus 2013-10-27 expected to miss Monday’s game against Minnesota upper body

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Boone Jenner 2013-10-27 will miss Sunday’s game against Anaheim leg
Derek MacKenzie 2013-10-27 questionable for Sunday’s game against Anaheim lower body

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Tyler Pitlick 2013-10-27 expected to miss Sunday’s game against Los Angeles sprained left knee

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Tim Thomas 2013-10-23 on injured reserve lower body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Jonas Brodin 2013-10-23 out indefinitely broken cheekbone
Josh Harding 2013-10-27 doubtful for Monday’s game against Chicago lower body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Pekka Rinne 2013-10-23 will miss at least one month hip scope

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Cory Schneider 2013-10-27 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay lower body

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Lubomir Visnovsky 2013-10-21 on injured reserve concussion
Brian Strait 2013-10-27 questionable for Tuesday’s game against the NY Rangers upper body

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Henrik Lundqvist 2013-10-27 Will play Monday. undisclosed

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Lauri Korpikoski 2013-10-23 on injured reserve upper body
Jeff Halpern 2013-10-27 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles upper body
Rostislav Klesla 2013-10-27 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles lower body

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Rob Scuderi 2013-10-27 doubtful for Monday’s game against Carolina lower body

SAN JOSE

Player Date Status Description
Brent Burns 2013-10-27 will miss Sunday’s game against Ottawa upper body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Chris Stewart 2013-10-27 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg upper body
Magnus Paajarvi 2013-10-27 out indefinitely upper body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Tyler Bozak 2013-10-27 on injured reserve lower body
Joffrey Lupul 2013-10-27 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Edmonton bruised foot

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Jannik Hansen 2013-10-23 on injured reserve upper body
David Booth 2013-10-26 questionable for Monday’s game against Washington undisclosed
Dale Weise 2013-10-26 questionable for Monday’s game against Washington leg

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All in all, there were 36 new injuries from Week 4. Let’s face facts. Injuries are getting to the point of critical mass. There is a little bit of good news for some but many others are going down. It is time to take a quick look.

Fantasy Hockey On The Mend

Henrik Lundqvist (G — NYR) – Hey, magically he is back tomorrow night for the Rangers home opener. Montreal will prove to be an interesting opponent as Lundqvist has had a bit of an adventure. No one thinks that GAA near 3.5 and sub .900 save percentage will continue. This might be a good time to try and buy low on the goaltender, even if he slumps a bit longer.

Fantasy Uh-Oh!

Cory Schneider (G — NJD) – You have to be a little concerned. Schneider has what is believed to be a groin injury. Technically it s a lower body issue and he will be held out Tuesday against Tampa Bay. After that, it is anyone’s guess but Schneider’s 2.14 GAA and .915 save percentage was pretty good. Martin Brodeur will run the show while Schneider is out. An IR trip is still possible although it is not likely.

InjureCon For The Road

Rick Dipietro — 10/10 (Charlotte Checkers)

Tobias Enstrom — 7.5/10 (Winnipeg)

Jarome Iginla — 5.5/10 (Boston)

Marc Staal — 5/10 (NY Rangers)

Niklas Backstrom — 5/10 (Minnesota)

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Good luck and as always follow me @ChrisWasselTHW and the @InjuryNinja for the latest hockey injuries.

 

Fantasy Hockey InjureCon: Week Four

Hey I'm not injured fantasy hockey owners and damn I'm good. (Subban, D-MTL)

Hey I’m not injured fantasy hockey owners and damn I’m good. (Subban, D-MTL)

Heading into Week 4, it appears the flu has become entrenched into the hockey vocabulary. If you are a fantasy owner, likely the pain has been felt especially if you are say a Patrik Elias owner right now. Without further adieu, here is the injury report. Don’t say we did not warn you. These are injuries that have occurred from October 9th or later. Our goal is to have a ten day cutoff….and here it is. This way you have the newer injuries.

Fantasy Hockey Injuries:

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Viktor Fasth 2013-10-18 questionable for Sunday’s game against Dallas lower body

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Cody McCormick 2013-10-19 questionable for Saturday’s game against Colorado foot
Zemgus Girgensons 2013-10-19 probable for Saturday’s game against Colorado facial laceration

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Anton Khudobin 2013-10-14 on injured reserve lower body
Elias Lindholm 2013-10-19 doubtful for Saturday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Matt Calvert 2013-10-11 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely to undergo abdominal surgery
Nick Foligno 2013-10-19 probable for Saturday’s game against Washington personal
Marian Gaborik 2013-10-19 keep an eye out anyway. flu-like symptoms

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Kari Lehtonen 2013-10-11 activated Monday. lower body

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Niklas Kronwall 2013-10-19 expected to miss Saturday’s game against Phoenix concussion

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Jesse Joensuu 2013-10-19 questionable for Saturday’s game against Ottawa strained back

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Keith Ballard 2013-10-19 questionable for Saturday’s game against Florida head
Niklas Backstrom 2013-10-19 probable for Saturday’s game against Florida strained knee

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Max Pacioretty 2013-10-16 will miss at least three weeks strained left hamstring

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Ryane Clowe 2013-10-14 on injured reserve head

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Rick Nash 2013-10-09 on injured reserve concussion
Ryan Callahan 2013-10-17 expected to miss 3-4 weeks broken thumb
Michael Del Zotto 2013-10-19 questionable for Saturday’s game against New Jersey flu-like symptoms

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Vincent Lecavalier 2013-10-12 on injured reserve lower body
Scott Hartnell 2013-10-12 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks upper body
Kimmo Timonen 2013-10-18 questionable for Thursday’s game against the NY Rangers lower body

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Beau Bennett 2013-10-19 doubtful for Saturday’s game against Vancouver lower body

SAN JOSE

Player Date Status Description
Adam Burish 2013-10-15 on injured reserve lower body
Dan Boyle 2013-10-19 doubtful for Saturday’s game against Calgary upper body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Brenden Morrow 2013-10-19 questionable for Friday’s game against Vancouver upper body
Barret Jackman 2013-10-19 questionable for Friday’s game against Vancouver upper body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Tom Pyatt 2013-10-09 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely broken collarbone

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
John Erskine 2013-10-19 questionable for Saturday’s game against Columbus upper body

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Mark Stuart 2013-10-19 questionable for Sunday’s game against Nashville undisclosed
Jacob Trouba 2013-10-19 doubtful for Sunday’s game against Nashville upper body

Like I had said, please keep in mind there are even more recent injuries. The world should be very afraid. For example here are some new maladies.

Rise Of The Injuries:

Taylor Hall (EDM) – A knee injury has put him on the IR but how long will he be out for? Stay tuned.

Lubomir Visnovsky (NYI) – The Isles lost Mark Streit to Philadelphia and now do not have a power play quarterback after Visnovsky suffered a concussion. He looks to be out for awhile.

Niklas Backstrom (MIN) – Can we call ego here? Yes we can. Josh Harding appears to have the starter’s job as Backstrom has been healthy but not playing. Eventually he will start but age and injury potential are major problems.

Dustin Penner (ANA) – Penner got laid out against Dallas and honestly the fact he is still out of shape could not have helped. Then again, he had some fantasy potential and will miss time with a head injury. He was lucky it was not worse.

Niklas Kronwall (DET) – Kronwall was knocked out by Cody McLeod and is likely if not headed to the IR, is darn close. I will not call what he has a mild concussion (see Nathan Horton). Hopefully people learn a valuable lesson but don’t hold your breath on a speedy return.

The InjureCon:

Danny Briere (MTL — 9.5) – This is not a surprise. Come on! It is how injury pools work.

Andrei Markov (MTL — 9) – Briere is injured but it almost feels like Markov could join him. You just keep getting that feeling.

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR — 5.5) – Call us crazy but Lundqvist could get overworked as we head into November.

Kari Lehtonen (DAL — 9.5) – Until the next one as they say……

Dany Heatley (MIN — 9) – He could be just about finished. Something tells me the finish line is nigh.

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Good…now have a great time in Week 4. Good luck!