Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Groin injury puts Rick DiPietro on IR, again

By Brian Stubits

The Islanders placed goaltender Rick DiPietro on injured reserve on Thursday because of an injured groin.

That's the news. I have run out of jokes for this. Heck, comedians by trade probably would have no more material on it. This guy has been hurt in seemingly every way a goalie can be and has very few parts of the body that haven't caused him to miss time in his career.

But the good news in it all is that the Islanders have Al Montoya to handle the goaltending duties. He's been the best of the Isles' three goalies this season (the other being Evgeni Nabokov), so on the ice the story doesn't impact the Islanders all that much.

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that DiPietro is injury prone. He puts Samuel L. Jackson's character in the awful movie Unbreakable to shame. With this visit to the IR, it's the second trip there already this season for DiPietro. A concussion put him on the list for a couple weeks earlier this season.

DiPietro, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Islanders in the 2000 draft, has only played more than 26 games in four of his 10 seasons in the NHL, but he's on the Isles payroll for another 10 seasons at $4.5 million per season. So he has a long time to try and put together another full schedule, but you really wonder if his body will ever allow that to happen again.

It's easy to want to laugh at DiPietro's injury misfortunes over the years, especially for Islanders fans. It's a lot better than crying for them. But I don't think even the Islanders haters want to see the guy continue to get injured.

It just always seems like a foregone conclusion.

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: December 11, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

By Brian Stubits

Attention every year is given to the idea that a hangover is the biggest obstacle for a defending champion to overcome (when they have been kept mostly together and the expectations remain, that is). But nothing can derail a repeat opportunity like injuries.

That's especially the case when you are talking about a potentially serious injury to Boston's captain and arguably the team's best player not named Tim, Zdeno Chara.

Half-way through the Bruins' win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Chara and Jackets forward Antoine Vermette collided in the Bruins' defensive zone. Chara went down to the ice and didn't return in the game.

As you can see from the replay, Chara's knee is the worry after the seemingly innocuous hit. Like most every team in the NHL now, the Bruins didn't elaborate on the injury after the game, calling it simply a lower-body injury.

"I didn't find out whether it's minor, major, anything," coach Claude Julien said after the game. "That's just what I was told after the third.

"I haven't even seen him yet."

Now the question is when can the Bruins expect Chara back? Is it possible he won't miss a game at all?

"It's hard to comment on that until I know the severity," Julien added. "Throughout the season, you're going to have some injuries, and you're going to have to live with them ... no matter what happens."

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe says that Chara will likely be out for a week or two with a leg injury. It looks like it will be just a momentary scare for Boston.

However long his absence turns out to be, it's too long for the Bruins (unless, you know, he misses no time). Chara is a huge part of what Boston does and he has been solid this season -- as if we expected anything else. He has six goals, which are good enough for second most among NHL defensemen, and he plays nearly half of every game.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

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By: Adam Gretz


When we last left the Flyers and Lightning, there was quite a debate raging on about Philadelphia's "stall tactics" in an effort to beat Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 neutral zone trap. Heading into Saturday's rematch the biggest question being asked was whether or not we would see a repeat when the teams faced off at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maybe it was because they didn't want to put their home town fans to sleep, or perhaps because the strategy resulted in a loss and their worst offensive showing of the season, but the Flyers made no such attempt on Saturday on their way to a 5-2 win over the Lightning. For Tampa Bay it was its sixth loss in the past seven games, and while Philadelphia ended up winning on the scoreboard, it suffered two pretty big losses in the injury department as Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov both left early with injuries.

Giroux, who entered the game as the NHL's leading scorer, had to exit during the second period when he fell to the ice and took an accidental knee to the head from his teammate, Wayne Simmonds. He did not return.  He's been Philadelphia's best player thus far and and an early front runner in the race for league MVP. He did manage to add to his league-leading point total before leaving the game with a pair of assists, including a helper on a power play goal by Simmonds in the second period.

Bryzgalov's injury doesn't appear to be serious and he seems to have been held out as a precaution, and when asked if he's "day-to-day," he replied, "probably hour-to-hour."

It's been a costly week in the injury department for the Flyers, as Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn are both out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Pronger, Schenn out with concussion symptoms

By: Adam Gretz

At this point, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is pretty much a one-man M*A*S*H unit.

Currently sidelined for the next few weeks after having surgery on his knee, which came after he missed a couple of weeks after taking a stick in the eye, and was then out with what the Flyers called a "virus," it was reported on Friday that the veteran defenseman is also suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
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It's entirely possible, if not likely, that the "virus" had something to do with the concussion symptoms he's currently experiencing.

"While Chris' knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a team statement. "Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinetly."

Dr. Mickey Collins, of course, is the same doctor that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been seeing over the past year.

Pronger isn't the only player on the Flyers currently dealing with concussion symptoms, as Holmgren also announced that forward Brayden Schenn will also be out indefinitely with a mild concussion. Said Holmgren in the same statement, "Brayden reported 'not feeling himself' on December 5th. Our doctors believe he has a mild concussion."

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Martin St. Louis out after facial/nasal fractures

By: Adam Gretz

Few players in the NHL have been as durable as Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis over the past nine years, as he's missed just two games over that stretch. He hasn't missed a game of any kind for the Lightning since the 2005-06 season, and that streak, which was one game short of 500 consecutive games, is going to come to an end on Thursday night against the New York Rangers.

From Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson:

"No surprise but Marty St Louis is not playing tonight, a statement regarding his status is expected from the team shortly."

Here is said statement.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis will not play tonight’s game at the New York Rangers and he is out indefinitely after suffering facial and nasal fractures at the team’s morning skate today at Madison Square Garden. St. Louis was struck in the face by a puck shot by a teammate during a practice drill.

St. Louis will return to Tampa Bay immediately and will undergo further medical examination by Lightning team physicians when swelling subsides in and around his left eye. A more detailed determination on his return to the lineup will be made at that time.

During the team's morning skate at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, St. Louis was struck near his left eye with a puck that resulted in a nasty cut and a lot of blood. He reportedly needed assistance getting to the team's bench and even stumbled on his way there.

Said head coach Guy Boucher, via Erlendsson, “We’ll see what the extent of it is, but right now it doesn’t look pretty. It just keeps on pouring. We have to prepare as if he’s not going to be available.” That was earlier Thursday. Good thing they prepared.

In 27 games this season St. Louis has scored nine goals and recorded 13 assists.

The Lightning enter Thursday's game riding a five-game losing streak and are coming off a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. If St. Louis can't go they're certainly going to miss his offense as they've scored more than two goals in a single game just two times over the past month.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 8:57 pm
 

David Booth out 4-6 weeks with MCL Sprain

By: Adam Gretz

During their 6-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth was injured when he was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee hit from Kevin Porter. Porter was issued a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct, and the discussion as to whether or not he'll face any discipline from the NHL has already started.

Booth, meanwhile, is going to miss an extended period of time as it was announced on Wednesday night by head coach Alain Vigneault that the forward has a sprained MCL and is expected to be out of the lineup for at least four-to-six weeks.

The Canucks acquired Booth earlier this season in a multi-player trade with the Florida Panthers, picking him up when his value was at its lowest point and taking the chance that he would regain his top-line form in Vancouver. After a slow start he had started to pick up his production in recent weeks with five points over his past six games, including a three-point effort during a 5-1 against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

In 19 games since the trade he's scored five goals to go with 12 assists after recording just one assist in six games with the Panthers to open the season. He's scored at least 20 goals three times including a career-high 31 during the 2008-09 season.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:21 am
 

Wild see Setoguchi, Harding injured in win

By Brian Stubits

Somehow, the Minnesota Wild keep on winning. Outshot by the San Jose Sharks 42-21 in San Jose? No problem, Mike Yeo's team leaves the Bay Area with a 2-1 win. Losing a couple more key players to injury? We'll see if they can overcome that, too.

While they came out with the two points against the Sharks on Tuesday night, they didn't make it out of the Tank with two healthy goalies or a ready-to-go Devin Setoguchi. First on the former Shark, Setoguchi, from Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

But now the bad news: Devin Setoguchi looks like he suffered a serious right leg injury. I think knee, but we will see. He was wearing a soft cast on his right leg under his pants after the game, limping badly and being consoled by folks.

Yeo had no update after the game, but I'm sure we'll get one Wednesday. This will be the second consecutive visit the Wild lost a top-6 forward in San Jose. Guillaume Latendresse has missed 13 games with a concussion since being here.

If it's as bad as Russo thinks it might be, it's a tough blow for the Wild, who are still hanging strong atop the NHL standings. Setoguchi was acquired in one of a handful of trades this offseason between the Wild and Sharks. On the season thus far he has eight goals and five assists for Minnesota.

Amazingly, his eight goals are tied for the team high along with Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen, Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck, all of which makes this success for the Wild seem all the more unlikely. Two games shy of 30, the NHL's top team doesn't have a double-digit goal scorer. Only Clutterbuck, with 26 games played, is on pace to score more than 25 goals this season.

A large part of the success, then, has been coming from the defense, particularly the goaltending. The combination of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding has been stellar this season. The problem is, at this moment neither appears to be healthy. Backstrom was already out with a lower-body injury, so it compounded matters when Harding had to leave Tuesday's game with what might have been a concussion, or possibly a neck injury. It was a little friendly fire as he was hit in the head by Nick Schultz in the opening minutes of the game.

That brought on Matt Hackett, who was superb. He was unbeatable, stopping all 34 shots by the Sharks in his first NHL appearance. If the kid can play like that a couple more times, the Wild will have some tough choices to make. But for the moment, it's an amazing luxury to have when goalies are going down.

Next thing you know the Wild are going to bring in a 51-year-old beer league goalie or something.

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Another surgery for Andrei Markov

By: Adam Gretz

Andrei Markov's return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup is being delayed once again, as it was announced by general manager Pierre Gauthier on Saturday that the defenseman will undergo another "minor surgery." He is expected to miss "a few more weeks."

Markov hasn't played for the Canadiens this season and hasn't appeared in a game since mid-november ... of 2010. Since the start of the 2009-10 season he's been in Montreal's lineup just 52 times due to various injuries, including the knee injury that's kept him on the shelf for the first two months of this season.

Even with all of the injury problems in recent years the Canadiens had faith that he would be able to help them not only this season, but also in future seasons, signing him to a three-year contract extension over the summer worth $5.75 million per season. Needless to say, it hasn't worked out to this point. And that has been the theme of the Canadiens 2011-12 season, especially on the blue line, as their defense has been crushed by injuries all year.

Along with Markov, the team has also been without Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli for extended periods of time, and it's obviously had a rather large impact on the on-ice product. Montreal enters play on Saturday at the bottom of the Northeast Division with a 10-11-5 record, while also winning just three of its past 10 games.

Its power play, which is quarterbacked by Markov when he is in the lineup, is currently 26th in the NHL converting on just 11.8 of its chances.

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