Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:14 am
 

Capitals place Nicklas Backstrom on LTIR

CapitalsBy: Adam Gretz

As of 10 ET on Monday, the most interesting news to come out of trade deadline day was the fact that the Washington Capitals placed center Nicklas Backstrom on the long-term injured list, opening up additional cap space which could make the Capitals a candidate to make a big move ahead of the 3 ET trade deadline.

Backstrom hasn't played for the Capitals since Jan. 3 when he suffered a concussion on a hit by then-Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque, and his return at this point is still very much uncertain. Even though he's missed over 20 games this season Backstrom is still the second-leading scorer on the team with 42 points in 38 games, only six points behind Alex Ovechkin.

If he doesn't return for the remainder of the regular season the Capitals can add a significant salary in any potential trade and still bring Backstrom back (if he's ready at that point, of course) for the postseason where the salary cap is no longer in place.

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Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:58 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Craig Anderson suffers hand injury

SenatorsBy: Adam Gretz

The performance of Craig Anderson has been one of the many surprises taking place in Ottawa this season, and now it looks as if the Senators are going to be without their starting goaltender after he reportedly suffered a hand injury at home on Wednesday night, according to Sportsnets Nick Kypreos.

It is not yet known how long he will be sidelined.

Anderson stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced on Wednesday night during a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals, and for the season has a .913 save percentage in 54 starts.

Alex Auld, the Senators backup, would be the man to receive the bulk of the playing time in his absence. Auld has started just seven games this season and has a 2-3-2 record to go with a .883 save percentage. Obviously, that's a pretty big drop in play, and a large reason as to why Anderson has received the overwhelming majority of the work this season, appearing in more games than any other goalie in the league.

The Senators currently occupy the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference with 72 points, seven points ahead of the No. 9 seed and only two points behind the Boston Bruins (though, the Bruins have four games in hand). Their schedule over the next couple of weeks certainly gets tougher with a pair of games against Boston as well as a home game against Chicago next Friday.

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Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:55 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 8:43 am
 

Datsyuk to miss two weeks after knee surgery

Datsyuk leads Detroit with 59 points (16-43=59). (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Red Wings were able to withstand the loss of All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard just fine. But now they'll really be put to the test as superstar forward Pavel Datsyuk is going to miss the next two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

Datsyuk, who was recently lauded by his fellow players in the NHLPA poll in six different categories, is certainly as critical a component as anybody to the Wings. Some argue that he's the world's best player. The good news, though, is that he's not expected to be out long. The two weeks sounds like a solid time frame after hearing coach Mike Babcock on Tuesday.

"Datsyuk had minor arthroscopic knee surgery this morning," Babcock said before Tuesday's game against Chicago. "Everything is real good."

With that two-week timeframe -- three to be safe -- that brings Datsyuk back in the latter half of March, giving up a couple of weeks to get back up to full speed before the playoffs. So that's why they decided to take care of it now.

"This way we have an opportunity to get [Datsyuk] going 100 percent before playoff time," Babcock said.

That is a luxury Detroit has right now, holding a big enough cushion to withstand the loss of Datsyuk for a little while and still keeping their playoff position. What it might do is open the door for the Vancouver Canucks to overtake them and move into the West's top spot.

The good news for Detroit at least is that Howard will be making his return against the Blackhawks. He has missed the past few weeks with a broken finger but Detroit just kept on winning, taking the last six games without Howard in the lineup.

On the other side of the ice in Chicago tonight the Blackhawks will be missing their top forward as well. The 'Hawks announced Jonathan Toews is going to miss the game too with an upper-body injury. So at least it's an even trade in players being out for the always entertaining Chicago-Detroit battle.

The absences take away a bit of the juice that was shaping up to be about Howard's return.

More from Eye on Hockey

NHLPA poll really likes Datsyuk
Datsyuk dramatically extends Wings' streak

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:04 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 10:06 am
 

Mattias Ohlund to have major knee surgery

By: Adam Gretz

Mattias Ohlund hasn't played a game for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and it's looking as if it's going to be quite a while before he suits up for them, or any team, again.

If he's ever able to.

The veteran defenseman is going to undergo major surgery on his left knee at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, and it's a procedure that could be the final chance to save his career.

More from the Times on the surgery, and what exactly is going to happen:
The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.

There is no guarantee the surgery will resurrect Ohlund's 14-season career. There is not even a timetable for rehab.

The 35-year-old defenseman signed a seven-year, $25.2 million contract with the Lightning prior to the 2009-10 season, and it's a deal that still has four years remaining on it. In his first two years with Tampa Bay he didn't score a single goal in 139 games, and hasn't scored one since April 7, 2009, when he was still a member of the Vancouver Canucks. That's a lengthy stretch for a player that used to score around nine or 10 per season. He did record 18 assists in his first two years with the Lightning, and also took on a pretty heavy defensive role that usually saw him logging ice time in situations that required him to focus almost entirely on defense over offense.

The Lightning have certainly missed him this season as they've been one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and Ohlund's absence has resulted in third-year rearguard Victor Hedman stepping into the big minutes that Ohlund had previously played.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:44 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Jamie Benn 'day-to-day' after cut to leg

By: Adam Gretz

On the list of players the Dallas Stars can't afford to lose, Jamie Benn's name is somewhere near the top.

That's why it had to be scary for the Stars and their fans on Thursday night when he suffered an apparent cut on his leg from the skate of Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during the second period of Dallas' 3-2 overtime win.

Benn left the game with what the Stars initially called a "lower body injury" and did not return. According to coach Glen Gulutzan, Benn received stitches in his leg and is considered "day-to-day."

Entering play on Thursday Benn had scored 17 goals to go with 32 assists in 51 games, leading the team in assists and points, while trailing only Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson for the goal-scoring lead.

Thanks to their win the Stars moved into the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference playoff race and managed to gain a point on the Flames, currently in the No. 9 spot.

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Tuomo Ruutu expected to miss 3 weeks

CarolinaHurricanesBy: Adam Gretz

Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu has been one of the most talked about players leading up to the Feb. 27 deadline, perhaps illustrating just how little intrigue there has been this year (well, until the Rick Nash reports surfaced on Tuesday).

General manager Jim Rutherford recently expressed an interest re-signing Ruutu, but no matter what happens on the contract/trade front over the coming weeks the forward isn't going to be playing for anybody in the near future. The Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that he is going to miss the next three weeks after suffering an "upper body injury" during Monday's 5-3 win in Montreal.

That timetable will keep him out of the lineup until after the trade deadline. That doesn't mean a team still can't make a move for him, but the injury and Carolina's apparent interest in re-signining him may have pretty much removed Ruutu's name from the trade market.

The 28-year-old forward has 17 goals and 30 points in 57 games this season. He's currently in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $3.8 million per season, and is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer if a new contract isn't signed before July 1.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:17 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Capitals' Backstrom hopes to be ready by playoffs

Backstrom hasn't played since Jan. 3. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Washington Capitals made a pretty sound statement this week when they smacked down the Florida Panthers, the team they are battling neck-and-neck with in the Southeast Division. It would be a tremendous boost to them if they could get arguably their best player (yes, even compared to Alex Ovechkin) Nicklas Backstrom back to help them out.

That doesn't sound too likely.

Out since early January when he suffered a concussion from a hit from then Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque, Backstrom recently talked to Gefle Dagblad in his native Sweden about his recovery efforts and it's not promising. Thanks to Capitals blog Japers Rink, here is a translated version of what he had to say.

"I don’t know when I will be able to play again, but I hope I will be ready for the playoffs," Backstrom said. "I’m getting better, but it takes time."

Hoping to be ready for the playoffs is not what anybody wants to hear. Even a couple of months down the line isn't certain. Of course we know that timetables are virtually impossible to set with concussions, but you would hope that they were a little more optimistic.

More importantly, there is no guarantee that there will be a playoff season to get ready for. While the conventional wisdom is that the Caps should be fine when it comes to making the postseason, they really are in a dog fight with less than 30 games to go. You'd have to like their odds a lot more if Backstrom were back playing with the team.

Backstrom tried at one point to begin the comeback, but shut things down after three minutes of skating.

"Two weeks ago I tried to get on the ice for a practice, but I got off after three minutes. It didn’t work. I just wasn’t ready."

As for the hit from Bourque that put Backstrom out and landed Bourque a five-game suspension? Backstrom isn't a fan of it.

"It was an unnecessary hit," he said. "I feel like he could have just skated by me instead."

Before his injury, Backstrom was in the middle of another very good season for the Capitals. He had 13 goals and 29 assists in 38 games. On a team whose offense is down, he was one of the few still making things happen. Not to mention he is that all-important top-line center.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:26 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Henrik Sedin's games streak could be in danger

By: Adam Gretz

Throughout his career Henrik Sedin has been one of the most durable players in the NHL.

He's missed just 10 regular season games since joining the Canucks, and you have to go all the way back to the 2003-04 season to find the last time he was not in the Vancouver lineup. That is a stretch of 552 consecutive games, the second-longest current streak in the NHL, trailing only Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester who has appeared in 559 consecutive games.

Sedin's ironman streak appears to be in some danger as he was reportedly spotted wearing a walking boot in Minnesota on Wednesday ahead of the Canucks game against the Wild on Thursday night. He was scheduled to have a CT scan on Wednesday according to Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

It goes without saying that Sedin, along with his twin brother Daniel, are the two biggest cogs in Vancouver's offensive machine, and in 53 games this season Henrik has 11 goals to go with a league-leading 46 assists. He's led the league in assists in each of the past two seasons.

Sedin was hit by a slap shot during the Canucks 4-3 shootout win in Nashville on Tuesday night.

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