Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 6:08 pm

Crosby to join Pens on trip; still no timetable

By: Adam Gretz

It's been extremely quiet on the Sidney Crosby front recently, and as the Penguins continue to struggle to score goals and win games in the face of mounting injuries, that silence was starting to lead to a lot of questions regarding his status.

The Penguins announced on Wednesday evening, just two hours before the start of their game with the Capitals, that Crosby will be joining the team in Washington and will accompany them on their road trip to Florida. Even though he is scheduled to skate on his own, head coach Dan Bylsma said that there is still no timetable for his return.

Crosby hasn't played for the Penguins since December 5 against the Boston Bruins, a game that saw him take several hits, including a center ice collision with teammate Chris Kunitz, as well an elbow from David Krejci.

The timing of this announcement, as well as Crosby joining the team on the road, is definitely interesting, if not totally bizarre. Following the Penguins' 5-1 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night Bylsma was pressed on the issue (Crosby's status, as well as the status of defenseman Kris Letang, out with a concussion)

"He's still light exercise off the ice and hasn't gone to a different stage in his rehab in terms of his symptoms, said Bylsma in his post-game press conference.

"The injury they have is symptom based, you don't progress until those symptoms go away. Kris Letang is obviously on the ice and skating, he's progress and Sid is still in light exercise off the ice."

Crosby, of course, missed the second half of last season, as well as the playoffs and the first month-and-a-half of this season due to a concussion. In the eight games he played this season he scored two goals to go with 10 assists.

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:39 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 11:41 am

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

By Brian Stubits

It was just Sunday that the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Jordan Staal would be out 4-6 weeks and James Neal had a broken foot that would keep him out of action for a while.

Two days later, it looks as though Neal isn't even going to miss a game. Don't you just love hockey players?

With the Penguins having a long list already of guys injured, Neal was a surprise in the team's morning skate on Tuesday in preparation for Pittsburgh's game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The surprises continued after the skate when Neal revealed he's not going to miss any time.

"I'm good to go. I'm ready to play tonight," Neal said Tuesday. "After an MRI yesterday, it can’t get any worse. So I’m good to play on it."

A big reason why was a misdiagnosis the first time around. The Penguins were off a little with the broken foot announcement.

"The first test on Neal showed a fracture," coach Dan Bylsma said. "MRI showed pre-existing condition. He has a bone bruise but can play."

Well there's a surprise. It will be very interesting to watch how Neal skates and how many minutes he plays tonight against the Sens.

You have to wonder if aiding in this decision is the Penguins' struggles at the moment, both with injury and on the ice. They have lost four in a row and are very dinged up with Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Staal injured.

If he's able to play near 100 percent than obviously it's a big lift to the Penguins. Neal has been a very good goal scorer for the Pens this season, particularly on the power play where he has netted 10 of his 21 tallies.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:21 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:35 pm

Pancakes caused Dustin Penner's back injury

PancakesBy: Adam Gretz

The status of Kings forward Dustin Penner for Monday's game against the Washington Capitals is not yet known at this point as he deals with a back issue that also forced him to miss Saturday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

What was the cause of said injury, you ask? Perhaps a big hit in a game? Something that happened in practice, or in the weight room maybe?

Nope. Breakfast. Pancakes, to be exact.

Said Penner, via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, “Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic.”

Well, at least they were delicious because it would just be awful to get injured by pancakes that tasted like cardboard.

Over the years there have been some interesting explanations for injuries, but this ... this is a new one.

In 30 games this season he's scored two goals to go with six assists.

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:27 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 5:25 pm

Patrick Sharp to miss 3-4 weeks

By: Adam Gretz

The Chicago Blackhawks have become the latest team to be hit with a significant injury.

The team announced on Monday afternoon that forward Patrick Sharp is going to be sidelined for the next three-to-four weeks with what has been described as an "upper body injury" (It's reported to be a broken wrist, coming when he was slashed just before scoring a goal on Sunday night). It comes at a bad time for Chicago as the team is currently riding a four-game losing streak and has also lost six of its past nine games

He was injured on Sunday night when the Blackhawks lost to their divisional rivals from Detroit, 3-2 in overtime, and played just a little over five-and-a-half minutes. He left the game after the first period and did not return.

It's a big blow for the Blackhawks for the near future as Sharp is one of their best, most reliable and most consistent skaters. Through his first 42 games of the season he's second on the team in goals (20), fourth in assists (20) third in total points (40), first in power play points (12) and leading the team with 158 shots on goal.

Assuming it's just a three-to-four week injury he should be back in the lineup sometime in early February. Looking ahead at Chicago's schedule they get the struggling Blue Jackets and Wild this week, before things get significantly tougher with games against the likes of Detroit, San Jose, Vancouver and a home-and-home set with Nashville over the remainder of the month.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:46 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 11:48 pm

Jeff Carter separates shoulder in loss to Ducks

By Brian Stubits

It's just not the Columbus Blue Jackets' year.

They met the Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday night in a midseason battle for the No. 1 pick. It was all that you would expect from two teams that seem snake-bitten. The goalies were toasted for 11 goals (all four played, by the way) and the Blue Jackets saw another key player go down with an injury. It's been that kind of year.

Coach Scott Arniel, who is somehow still hanging onto his job, confirmed after the 7-4 loss that Jeff Carter is going to miss time after separating his shoulder. This is the second time this season that Carter has had a bad injury that will cost him time. Earlier this season he had a hairline fracture in his foot from blocking a shot.

This offseason, Carter was the big acquisition by the Blue Jackets, the move that finally gave Rick Nash a fellow big-time scorer to play with. It hasn't gone exactly as planned. Nothing for Columbus has, really.

He has played in 29 games and has 10 goals with 8 assists. He hasn't scored fewer than 30 goals since 2007-08 with the Flyers when he had 29.

The Blue Jackets will update his situation further after some tests, but he is well on his way to a season to forget, both from a personal stats/injury standpoint and the lack of team success.

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:53 pm

Ryan Nugent Hopkins out 3-4 weeks (shoulder)

By Brian Stubits

Edmonton Oilers rookie and Calder Trophy favorite Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been out of the lineup recently, nursing a sore shoulder. The team announced on Thursday that he's going to be out a bit longer, like 3-4 weeks.

The No. 1 pick in last summer's draft, Nugent-Hopkins was a hit from Day 1. There was a little debate from the Oilers whether or not they were going to keep him around, but it didn't really revolve around his talent level. That was evident. When he earned his spot with the team, the talent became clear to the rest of the league.

In the 38 games that he has played for the Oilers this season he has amassed 35 points (13-22=35). He has been particularly strong on the power play where he has posted 18 points, one behind Florida's Brian Campbell for the most in the NHL on the man advantage.

About the only knock that people could come up with for Nugent-Hopkins as an NHL-ready player was his size. There was some concern that his small frame wouldn't hold up that well playing in the NHL. This is the first even small sign of that in his young career.

Edmonton was quick out of the gate this season, spurred on by their young talents including Nugent-Hopkins and 2010's No. 1 draft pick Taylor Hall. They have since come back to the reality that their future is bright, but the present isn't as much. They are currently mired in a 2-8-0 stretch in their last 10 games and the absence of Nugent-Hopkins isn't going to help.

This likely means it's back to the draft lottery for the Oilers at the end of this season, which isn't the worst thing in the world for a franchise that's building toward a championship roster via the draft.

Also, will this month of inaction cost Nugent-Hopkins the Calder Trophy? That will bear watching for the award-inclined fans.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:04 pm

Caps getting Mike Green back for Flames game

By Brian Stubits

Things are starting to turn around for the Washington Capitals, it seems.

The Caps ended 2011 with a run of three consecutive wins, their first such stretch since the season-opening seven-game win streak. Now they are going to start 2012 with one of their most important players back, defenseman Mike Green.

Judging by the fact that the Capitals are 8-0-0 this season when Green plays, it's not a stretch to call him arguably the team's MVP. He isn't the sole reason why they are unbeaten when he plays, but it sure helps matters. The Capitals will welcome his three goals and three assists in just eight games this season on the blue line.

“Finally,” Green said after Tuesday's morning skate. “It’s been frustrating sitting out and obviously a couple months ago coming back and then the first game back, back on the press box. I’m just happy to be back, focused. Preparing to do the right things tonight and that’s all that’s on my mind right now.”

As I said, his return from a groin injury that has kept him out since Veteran's Day comes at a moment right when the Caps appear to be finding their footing and showing everybody why they were pegged as a Stanley Cup contender. Alex Ovechkin, who was behind even last year's career-low paces until recently, has found his touch. He has four goals in the last two games. He has six goals in his last six games, including three straight multi-point games, his first since Nov. 4.

But the Caps won't be showing off their full complement of players on Tuesday against the Calgary Flames in D.C. One player who will not be on the ice is Alex Semin, who is currently listed as day to day. He, too, has picked it up recently since the Ovechkin, Semin and Nicklas Backstrom line was reunited. He has five goals and four assists in the last seven games.

Instead, coach Dale Hunter is going to suit seven defensemen, a rarity for the Caps under Bruce Boudreau. But it makes sense, there's no telling how Green is going to play and what type of minutes he can give the team. Good to have some insurance on the bench.

“I think you’ve got to ease yourself in,” Green said. “I’m not going to be jumping up all over the ice or whatnot. I think it’s important for me to get my game back and it’s better that I do that slowly rather than quickly. I don’t intend on being up and down the ice tonight.”

Sounds like some defensive insurance on the bench is a pretty good idea.

Hopefully for the Capitals and Green, he can stay healthy this time. That's been a bug-a-boo for him recently. In addition to the groin injury he is recovering from, Green missed time earlier this season with a twisted ankle and fought a concussion through much of last season.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:17 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:11 pm

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

By: Adam Gretz

PHILADELPHIA -- Jaromir Jagr played just seven minutes during the Flyers' 3-2 loss to New York in the Winter Classic on Monday evening, leaving the game with a left leg injury.

He was seen leaving the ice late in the first period to head to the locker room with what was originally described as an equipment issue. But when he left the game for good after just two shifts in the second period it was obvious that it was something related to an injury.

When asked after the game if it was an old injury Jagr simply said, "I got speared last game and there was swelling in that muscle. Maybe because it was too cold and we couldn't heat it."
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He would only say that the injury was to his left leg and would not specify where, exactly, the injury was bothering him. He also said that he knew immediately after his second shift in the second period that he wouldn't be able to return to the game, and even though he never took another shift, he remained on the bench the remainder of the game and even hinted that he might have had an opportunity to play in the third period if the Flyers would have had a two-man advantage.

"I like my teammates and wanted to part of that," said Jagr of his decision to return to the bench. "I knew it wasn't going to get any worse if I sit on the bench, and I want to be part of that. I'm part of the team and to sit here I would watch it on TV anyway. That way I was close, and you never know, maybe there would be a power play or a 5-on-3 and coach would put me back in there."

Jagr said he didn't think the injury was serious and that he "should be back soon."

Even though he never returned to the game, or factored into the goal scoring during his limited time on the ice, his presence was still felt in some small way as Rangers forward Mike Rupp celebrated the first of his two goals by saluting the crowd at Citizens Bank Park, a celebration that Jagr has been doing after every goal he scores throughout his NHL career (including in his first return to Pittsburgh as a member of the Flyers last week).

"I don't really pay attention to that stuff," said Jagr when asked about his reaction to Rupp's celebration. "He decided to do it, and he scored, and it was a good goal, too.

He then paused for a moment and smiled, "We still got to play them three more times and I think I'm going to score and salute him back."

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