Despite initial reports, Anisimov (lower body) will be out of action for 3-to-4 weeks. Anisimov's absence will force other players into a top-six role -- likely Tanner Kero -- and could certainly slow down the 'Hawks, who are 8-2-0 in their last 10. The 28-year-old Russian is averaging 17:51 of ice time, which includes 2:22 on the power play, so replacing him will not be an easy task. Anisimov will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, but he could return in time for the start of the postseason.
Artem Anisimov (lower body) is considered day-to-day by head coach Joel Quenneville, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Quenneville said Anisimov's injury is not considered serious, although he'll be reevaluated over the next couple of days. The center's injury looked a lot uglier live and on replays, but apparently he and his fantasy owners have dodged a huge bullet.
Anisimov left Tuesday's game against the Canadiens due to an apparent left leg or knee injury near the end of the first period, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anisimov was hit by Alexander Radulov; he was pinned against the boards after contact, then his fellow Russian fell onto Anisimov's left leg. His leg appeared to twist rather awkwardly and he was helped off the ice, unable to put weight on it. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but it certainly looked worse than your garden-variety, day-to-day ailment. On a positive note, he was able to stick around long enough to pick up an assist, giving him 45 points -- a new career high.
Anisimov (lower body) will play Saturday against the Predators, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Anisimov only missed one game with this injury. He's already tied his career high in goals with 22, although he owes that in part to a 22.0 shooting percentage which will be tough to sustain. He was playing well before his injury, notching 10 points in his last 13 games.
Anisimov (lower body) could play Saturday evening against the Predators, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Since Chicago's next game will be the second of a back-to-back set, the team reportedly will not hold morning skate, which means an early update on Anisimov may not be possible. Barring a serious injury, the top-six pivot should easily sail to career highs offensively this season. The Russian has connected for 22 goals and 21 helpers in 59 games and remarkably shot 22 percent. Monitor this situation carefully and don't hesitate to pounce if it looks like he'll be playing.
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