Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:57 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 9:43 pm

Still no timetable for Crosby return

By: Adam Gretz

There was some buzz coming out of Montreal on Monday morning as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined his teammates for practice at the Bell Centre ahead of Tuesday's game with the Canadiens. And while it appears that he's inching closer to returning to the lineup, he's still not quite there yet and there remains no timetable for his return.

Crosby said after the session, via Sam Kasan of the Penguins, that he will continue to skate by himself when the team returns to Pittsburgh this week and that he is still not yet symptom free, and that once he is, he will return.

So in other words: there's not much new regarding his status, other than that he practiced with the team as opposed to skating on his own.

In other injury news for the Penguins, head coach Dan Bylsma said that center Jordan Staal could return to the lineup within the next five to 10 days, which would be a huge addition to their lineup. He plays some of the toughest minutes on the team on a nightly basis, and was also having one of the best goal-scoring seasons of his career prior to his knee injury against the New York Rangers last month. 

Forward Tyler Kennedy, who was injured in the closing minutes of Sunday's 5-2 loss in New Jersey, is also returning to Pittsburgh to have his lower body injury re-evaluated.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:19 pm

Isles' Hamonic out 2 weeks after slapper to face

By Brian Stubits

Travis Hamonic is going to miss about two weeks for the Islanders after taking a slap shot to the face, always a scary proposition.

In the Isles' shootout loss to the Sabres on Saturday night, Hamonic was trying to hold the fort down in front of the crease when a shot from Jordan Leopold sailed high and caught Hamonic square in the face beneath the shield.

Seems odd to say, but luckily for Hamonic it was just a broken nose on the play. It could have been a lot worse. We've seen it this season a few times as the visor debate has been ratched up. Of course, even with the visor it didn't prevent a broken nose.

The Isles are already dealing with a beatup blue line. Milan Jurcina didn't play on Saturday against Buffalo because of a lacerated elbow.

This broken nose will end Hamonic's modest ironman streak. He has played in 113 straight games. This season he has averaged 22:17 of ice time per game and has a goal with 11 assists.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:27 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 2:10 pm

Wings' Howard breaks finger, out couple of games

Howard was in Ottawa last weekend for the All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday that All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard suffered a broken pinkie in Thursday's shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks and will miss some time.

The good news is that right now the team is only committing to Howard missing the next two games. At that point he will be re-evaluated.

When the news of an injury first started leaking out, it was a cause of a bit of concern for the Wings. Howard plays almost every night, evidenced by the fact that he's giving a serious run toward the 50-win mark this season. If Howard were going to miss a couple weeks or more, the Wings' spot atop the West might not have been something they could hold.

However it doesn't seem like things will be that bad. They hope. It means veteran Ty Conklin will handle the starting duties while Howard is out and they called up Joey MacDonald from the AHL.

“The good news is it's his stick hand and it's the tip of the finger,'' general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. “We won't have to wait until it's totally healed for him to play. He just needs a little time. He wants to stay with the team. He feels he won't be out too long.

“Jimmy will stay with us [on the trip]. When we get back to Detroit on Tuesday he'll see a doctor and we'll get a little better read on when he can play.

“Does he need a week? I don't know. We want to give him a little bit of time.''

Howard has played in 44 of Detroit's 52 games thus far this season, winning 32 of them. He also has a goals against average of 2.03 and a save percentage at .924. He's been nothing short of excellent for Detroit.

Conklin has a .886 save percentage and 3.20 GAA in his limited action this season, so the drop is more like a black diamond than a bunny slope.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:51 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 7:25 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'


By: Adam Gretz

The Pittsburgh Penguins issued a statement on Tuesday night that Sidney Crosby has a "soft tissue injury" to the neck area (not a fractured vertebrae) that could be causing neurological symptoms, and that an independent specialist found no evidence of a past or present fracture.

More from the Penguins statement:
Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is a spinal trauma expert at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and co-director of the Spinal Cord Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He is past president of the American Spinal Injury Association.

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, along with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and CEO David Morehouse traveled Monday morning to Philadelphia, where Vaccaro reviewed a CAT Scan and MRI taken last week by Dr. Robert S. Bray in Los Angeles. Bray diagnosed a neck injury.

Bray has treated Crosby with an injection to alleviate swelling in the C1-2 joint of the neck and will be overseeing his progression with therapists.

Doctors say the symptoms of a soft-tissue neck injury are similar to concussion symptoms.

Vaccaro, Bray and UPMC doctors all agree that Crosby is safe, the injury is treatable, and he will return to action when he is symptom-free.
Crosby and general manager Ray Shero spoke just before the Penguins game against the Maple Leafs, and after the 16-minute press conference had ended there were still no definitive answers as to when then injury occured, whether it's what is causing his symptoms and when (or if) he will play again for the Penguins this season.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:02 pm

Hedman expected to return for Lightning vs. Caps

Hedman has been out since Dec. 27. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't rebounded well from last season's Eastern Conference final showing. They have struggled for a repeat. But they did go into the All-Star break making some noise, winning four games in a row to keep them within sight of the Panthers and Capitals in the Southeast.

If they are going to cut further into their nine-point hole, it will serve them well to get the defensive corps healthy, particularly Victor Hedman.

Which is exactly what's happening after the All-Star break.

The Lightning hit the ice on Monday evening and Hedman joined them, without his no-contact jersey and all. Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times says that Hedman is indeed a go when the Bolts take on the Capitals on Tuesday.

The third overall draft pick two years ago, Hedman has been out since Dec. 27 dealing with a concussion. For a team that already struggles defensively and in goal with Hedman, his return is more than welcome as he is arguably their top defenseman.

His return comes at the right time for the Bolts. As mentioned, they have run off four consecutive wins, making Tuesday's game huge. If they are able to beat the Capitals in regulation, they will move seven points behind the Panthers and Caps for the division lead, but if they lose in regulation, their deficit becomes 11 points.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:50 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:56 pm

Crosby skates prior to Penguins practice (video)

By: Adam Gretz

Sidney Crosby was back in Pittsburgh on Monday and he hit the ice for a 45-minute skating session, along with injured teammates Jordan Staal and Simon Despres, before the Penguins team practice at the Consol Energy Center.

He had been in California visiting Dr. Robert Bray, a neurological spine specialist, for a neck injury that was reported to be to his C1 and C2 vertebrae. The Penguins issued a statement on Saturday evening that the injury had already healed and that the findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next couple of days.

It's been yet another bizarre chapter in what has surely been a frustrating year for the Penguins and their captain, while it also seemed to provide more questions than answers.

As for his appearance on Monday, well, this is what some of it looked like, and it seems that his hands still work quite well.

The Penguins return to action this week with back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (home) and Wednesday (away).

Crosby has appeared in just eight games this season and he has been out of the lineup since December 5.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Crosby also had a neck injury
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Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:51 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 11:47 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

CrosbyBy: Adam Gretz

Sidney Crosby hasn't appeared in a game for the Penguins since December 5, and at this point there is still no timetable for his return. Which is pretty much business as usual. It's been assumed that his current absence has been the result of another concussion, but he was also reportedly dealing with an injury to his C1 and C2 vertebrae, according to Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 the Fan and Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

Said Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, via Friedman, "Sid did suffer a concussion, but last week, the possibility of two fractured vertebrae (C1 and C2) was discovered. A third doctor is being consulted to determine the exact diagnosis."

The Penguins released the following statement on Saturday night, including that the vertebrae injury has apparently already healed: "The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion. Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed. Those findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next few days. The most important goal all along has been Sidney's return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made."

Crosby had been in California this past week visiting Dr. Bray, so this news shouldn't come as a total shock (the fact he was seeing a specialist that deals with the spine, instead of a specialist that deals with concussions, should have been somewhat of a tip), but it does add a few more questions to the mix. Like, how didn't anybody know about this before?

What's interesting is that the injury was originally discovered, according to the Sportsnet report, when Crosby visited a specialist in Utah for an MRI after getting some advice from a friend ... New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Earlier in the day on Saturday Penguins general manager Ray Shero remained hopeful that Crosby will play again this season.

"We'll see, Hopefully, next week where he is after we get the reports from California," said Shero. "The thing with Sidney is we want to continue to look to see how we can get this under control and manageable ... hopefully we'll have him back here at some point soon."

This latest report may not change that, but it does simply add to what he has been dealing with, while the uncertainty continues to grow.

He appeared in eight games this season, scoring two goals and 10 assists after missing the second half of last season and the first part of this season due to a concussion.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:32 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 11:35 am

Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov to miss 6-8 weeks

Kulikov has four goals and 20 assists this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Florida Panthers injury bug has moved on to the defensemen.

First the Panthers were down as many as seven forwards at one point this season. Also, all three goalies who have played for them this season have each been out for a duration of time (currently it's Jacob Markstrom).

Now Dmitry Kulikov will join fellow dman Ed Jovanovski on the bench for the next month and a half to two months after coach Kevin Dineen announced on Tuesday that the Panthers' young defenseman had surgery on his knee on Monday.

In his third season in the NHL since the Panthers selected him with their first selection the draft in 2009, Kulikov has begun to develop into the defenseman the Panthers were hoping for. Like any defenseman playing in the league right away, he struggled but has progressed significantly to the point that his four goals and 20 assists thus far leave him only two behind his career-high point total.

More importantly, his two-way game was getting much better, the anchor of a young nucleus of defensemen in Florida that also includes former first-round picks Erik Gudbranson and Keaton Ellerby.

The Panthers had been carrying seven defensemen all season so they were able to withstand the loss of Jovanovski to a broken hand without making any moves. But this obviously necessitated a callup, so the Panthers recalled Tyson Strachan from the AHL.

Strachan has played 67 career games in the NHL spread across three seasons with the Blues. The Panthers signed him over the summer as a free agent.

With all of the injuries, it's a wonder the Panthers have been able to maintain their spot atop the Southeast. That will be even tougher to do now that the defense starts feeling the injury bug.

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