Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Matt Duchene to miss a month with knee injury



By: Adam Gretz

Matt Duchene played just a little over two minutes during the Avalanche's 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, leaving the game following the innocent looking play shown in the above video. That play, which was nothing more than Duchene attempting to finish his check on Coyotes defenseman Rostivlas Klesla, resulted in a knee injury that's going to sideline him for about a month, as announced by the team on Friday evening.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Duchene has scored 12 goals to go with 12 assists in 39 games for the Avalanche this season, but had been going through a bit of an offensive drought the past couple of weeks, recording just one goal and one assist and 14 shot on goal over his previous eight games. Still, he's Colorado's second leading scorer, trailing only the 26 points that belong to Ryan O'Reilly and is one of the most talented forwards on the team, so it's obviously going to be a bit of a blow to the Avs.

Colorado travels to Anaheim on Saturday and currently owns a 20-18-1 record, good enough for 41 points which puts the team just one point behind Los Angeles for what would be the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Prior to this season Duchene had missed just three goals over his first two years in the NHL.

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Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:43 am
 

James Wisniewski breaks his ankle in win

By: Adam Gretz

It took until December 29, but the Columbus Blue Jackets finally won a road game in regulation on Thursday night, defeating the Dallas Stars by a 4-1 margin. Finally something positive, even a little bit, for a team that's been a large disappointment from the start of the season.

Unfortunately, even in victory things seem to be going wrong for the Jackets this season, as it was learned on Thursday night following the game that defenseman James Wisniewski suffered a broken ankle in the win. According to general manager Scott Howson, via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the injury may not be one that costs him the remainder of his season, but he's obviously going to miss quite a bit of time.

Wisniewski was one of Columbus' big offseason additions, along with Jeff Carter, and was supposed to be the offensive-defenseman the Blue Jackets had been searching for. As has been the case for everything involving the Blue Jackets this season, his season had a bad start when he ended up missing the first eight games due to a suspension following an incident in a preseason game against the Minnesota Wild.

In 28 games this season he's scored two goals to go with 15 assists after signing a six-year, $33 million contract over the summer.
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Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Lehtonen to return, Raycroft to waivers

By: Adam Gretz

The Dallas Stars are ready to get their starting goaltender, Kari Lehtonen, back in the lineup this week after he missed the past 12 games with a groin injury.

That's good news for the Stars, but it's bad news for backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft as he was informed on Tuesday that he will be placed on waivers, meaning that rookie Richard Bachman, the player called up when Lehtonen was originally sidelined with his injury, has taken over as the Stars new No. 2 goalie.

Bachman, a fourth-round draft pick by the Stars back in 2006, has appeared in nine games this season, starting eight of them, and posting a .912 save percentage. He was pretty much unbeatable during his first four appearances in the crease for Dallas, but has since slumped over his past five starts, including a 5-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Still, he's looked better than Raycroft this season, as the veteran backup has struggled for much of the season with a .898 save percentage, while Dallas has won just two of the 10 games he's made an appearance in. He's played for five teams over the past seven seasons, including Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Vancouver and Colorado, and if he clears waivers Dallas will be able to assign him to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Injuries have been a major struggle for Lehtonen throughout his NHL career, and before he missed time this season he had been playing extremely well, posting .926 save percentage in 19 starts. Dallas currently has 20-14-1 record, good enough for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference, but is going to need strong play from its goaltenders, whether it be Lehtonen, Bachman or somebody else, as the Stars are allowing the most shots in the NHL on a per-game basis (32.5). Part of the problem is the Stars spend so much time on the penalty kill as one of the most penalized teams in the league, and because they also simply surrender a lot of shots (again, more than any other team in the league) during 5-on-5 play.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Can Lehtonen continue his hot start?
Lehtonen placed on injured reserve

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Marc Staal takes another step in return



By: Adam Gretz


Marc Staal was able to take another major step in his return from a concussion on Monday morning when he was not only cleared for contact, but was also able to take part in a full practice with his New York Rangers teammates.

Said Staal, via Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record, "I totally felt fully confident going on the ice and taking some hits. There was no doubt in my mind it was the right thing to do."

Staal, the Rangers' best defenseman, hasn't played in an NHL game since last April due to post concussion syndrome. The concussion is believed to have happened during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in February when he was on the receiving end of a hit from his older brother, Eric. Marc ended up missing a couple of games immediately after the hit, but ultimtely returned to the lineup. The severity of the injury wasn't fully known until he reported to training camp this season.

At this point Staal hasn't ruled out playing in the Jan. 2 Winter Classic at Philadelphia, but also knows that it's important not to rush himself back into the lineup.

In his four NHL seasons Staal has scored 20 goals to go with 61 assists and is currently in the second year of a five-year contract that pays him an average annual salary of $3.975 million. Without him, the Rangers have raced out to a 21-8-4 start and enter the week on top of the NHL's Atlantic Division.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Martin Havlat out after hamstring surgery



By: Adam Gretz

Martin Havlat simply can't catch a break. He's the type of player that has a reputation for being a really good, productive player, but only when he's healthy. Unfortunately for the teams he's played for throughout his 11 year career (Ottawa, Chicago, Minnesota and now San Jose), that hasn't really happened as much as they would like.

He's played more than 70 games in a season just five times, and has topped the 80-game mark just once. That came during the 2008-09 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, a year that saw him set career highs in nearly in every offensive category.

That's not going to happen this season as the Sharks announced on Thursday evening that he is going to miss  an "extended period" of time after undergoing surgery for a partially torn hamstring.

He was acquired by the Sharks over the summer in the trade that sent Danny Heatley to Minnesota, and in his first 26 games with San Jose he scored two goals to go with 13 assists.

He was injured during a game on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers, a game the Sharks won 3-2, as he attempted to jump over the boards (as seen in the video up top) to start his next shift. He had to crawl off the ice and was not able to return to the game.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Sidney Crosby named ambassador to Youth Olympics

By Brian Stubits

Sidney Crosby might not be playing for the Penguins right now, but he's still going to be busy in coming weeks.

The Penguins superster was just named by the International Olympics Committee as one of five ambassadors to the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games. The Games are going to be played in Innsbruck, Austria from Jan. 13-22.

“It’s important that young athletes have the proper guidance and support in their early years,” Crosby said. “I have always tried to lead by example and be a positive role model for people. I hope my involvement in the first Winter Youth Olympic Games can help inspire the athletes and motivate them to be the best they can be in everything they do, not only during competition.”

Crosby will join American skiing star Lindsey Vonn, Austrian skier Benjamin Raich, French skier Kevin Rolland and Korean figure skater Yuna Kim as the ambassadors.

“We are delighted that Sidney has joined our all-star line-up of Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors," IOC president Jacques Rogge said. "He is one of the best hockey players of his generation, and his passion, dedication and determination are unmatched. He is also an athlete who understands the importance of living by proper values. Without question, the athletes at Innsbruck 2012 have a great role model in Sidney.”

It's a nice honor for Crosby, a nice honor and probably will prove to be a rewarding experience for both the young competitors and Crosby himself. And the good news for Penguins fans is that Crosby won't be traveling to fulfill his duties, so it shouldn't impede his comeback efforts.

There has been very little information released on Crosby since he announced he was going to miss more than two games as a result of a return of post-concussion symptoms. Just in case you forgot, Crosby missed almost a year dealing with post-concussion syndrome before returning to play eight games before he was shut down again.

At least this might help him keep his mind off the frustration of his recovery.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:38 am
 

Giroux could be back for Flyers on Wednesday

By Brian Stubits

When Claude Giroux was sidelined with a concussion, they had to prepare for the worst in Philadelphia -- many weeks or more without their leading scorer -- and hope for the best. They just might see their hopes realized.

From the sounds of it, Giroux is about to return to the Flyers and it could happen as soon as Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Stars. Here is what Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly reports:

While it’s not 100 percent certain, all signs point to the Flyers’ concussed center returning to the lineup Wednesday night against the Stars, a game that will air on VERSUS.

At least two teammates are pretty certain he will play, and Giroux himself has kept open the possibility, saying, if he takes warm-ups tomorrow, he’s in.

That would be more than welcome for the Flyers. Already down their top defenseman and captain Chris Pronger for the season, getting their top forward back as soon as possible would be a relief. That is, unless, he is rushed back too soon and risks worsening his situation. Although I'd like to doubt this as a possibility with so much awareness on concussions these days and the fact that it's only December, that will always be a concern.

Giroux has been out four games since taking Wayne Simmonds' knee to the back of his head in an open-ice accident. Despite that, he still remains tied for the league lead in points with 39. Basically, his absence evened the playing field in that regard with Evgeni Malkin, who has the same number of points in one less game played than Giroux.

The Flyers are 2-1-1 since Giroux left the lineup. With a loss in Dallas, they will have their first three-game skid of the season. While that might make for more compelling HBO television, it isn't necessarily welcome in the Philly locker room.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

By: Adam Gretz

The Boston Bruins completely dismantled the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 6-0 win in a game that featured the type of physical play that is to be expected anytime these two teams are on the same ice surface.

It wasn't a physical hockey play, however, that resulted in the latest head injury for a Flyers player. With time ticking down in the opening period, and the Flyers already facing a four-goal deficit, rookie forward Sean Couturier was involved in a rather scary incident in front of the net when he was hit in the side of the head with a puck following a shot from his own teammate, defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

He left the game and did not return with what general manager Paul Holmgren described as "a head injury."



That's the type of month it's been for the Flyers, a team that's already lost forwards Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, as well as defenseman Chris Pronger, to concussions. It was announced this past week that Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, while there is no immediate timetable for Giroux or Schenn to return.

Of course, that wasn't the only noteworthy development during Saturday's game.

Late in the second period Bruins forward Milan Lucic was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Zac Rinaldo from behind, setting off one of the game's three fights.



Given that there was an ejection it's sure to get at least another look from the NHL's disciplinary czar, Brendan Shanahan, even if nothing comes of it. Over the past week we've seen Toronto's Dion Phaneuf and Winnipeg's Zach Bogosian be ejected for hits from behind with no supplemental discipline handed out by the league.

Saturday's game also marked the return of defenseman Zdeno Chara to the Boston lineup and he responded with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring a goal, recording an assist and fighting Philadelphia's Jody Shelley.

For the Bruins, it's their fourth in a row, a stretch that's seen them outscore their opponents 19-5, as they continue their dominant run that started over a month ago that's seen them post an 18-2-1 record since November 1.

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