Already the injuries are hitting hard and hitting fast, with more big names and some not-so-big names hitting injured reserve. Let’s jump right into the latest injuries and their fantasy impact for this week.
Anaheim Ducks: Simon Despres- Despres has been placed on injured reserve as it is believed that he is dealing with a concussion.
Arizona Coyotes: Mike Smith- After being evaluated by team doctors for a left knee injury, Smith has been placed on injured reserve.
With Smith out with an injury, expect goaltender Louis Domingue to take over the Coyotes’ starting job for the time being. Even though he’s had a bit of a rough start this season, Domingue is a talented netminder and could provide good short-term value for your fantasy hockey team if you’re in need of goaltending. When Smith went down with an injury last year for a couple months, Domingue started for the Coyotes and did a fantastic job, securing 14 wins in 35 games. Last year in total, Domingue recorded 15 wins and a .912 save percentage throughout 39 games.
Boson Bruins: Tuukka Rask- Rask was unable to play in Saturday’s game against the Canadiens and is day-to-day. Rask missed Friday’s practice due to general soreness.
Boston Bruins: Adam McQuaid- McQuaid practiced with the team on Friday. He’s been out with an upper-body injury.
Buffalo Sabres: Johan Larsson- Even though he was a game-time decision, Larsson ended up participating in Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riemsdyk- An upper-body injury will keep van Riemsdyk out of the lineup for the next five-to-six weeks.
Before Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Chicago Blackhawks were said to have been considering making Brian Campbell a healthy scratch in order to get Trevor van Riemsdyk into the lineup. While Campbell ultimately played in the game, now that van Riemsdyk is out, there won’t be a threat of Campbell being a healthy scratch again any time soon.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Murray- During the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks, Murray suffered an upper-body injury and did not return.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo- Two weeks after suffering a groin injury, Korpisalo resumed skating on Thursday and is projected to return late this month or in early-November.
Colorado Avalanche: Fedor Tyutin- Tyutin was unable to play in the Avalanche’s game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday and is considered day-to-day.
Colorado Avalanche: John Mitchell- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar announced that John Mitchell won’t be traveling with the team on their four-game road trip.
Dallas Stars: Patrick Sharp- Sharp has been placed on injured reserve with concussion-like symptoms and will be out until further notice.
Dallas Stars: Patrick Eaves- A lower-body injury kept Eaves out of Saturday’s contest but he should be back soon.
Dallas Stars: Jiri Hudler- Hudler is still out sick with an illness that has forced him to miss the past three games.
Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader- Abdelkader is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Edmonton Oilers: Mark Fayne- After leaving Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury, the Edmonton Oilers have placed Fayne on injured reserve.
Florida Panthers: Jussi Jokinen- A lower-body injury kept Jokinen out of Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Los Angeles Kings: Jeff Zatkoff- After suffering a lower-body injury during practice, Zatkoff has been placed on injured reserve.
First Quick and now Zatkoff. The Kings’ might be in real trouble now that Zatkoff is down with what looks like a serious injury. Peter Budaj started for the Kings last night against the Canucks and it looks like he’s now the starting goalie. Yes, that Peter Budaj who has a career .903 save percentage and only played one game last year. If you’re desperate for goaltending help you can probably grab him off the waiver wire but even in the win last night, Budaj only stopped 22 out of 25 shots for an .880 save percentage.
Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula- A lower-body injury kept Haula out of Saturday’s game against New Jersey.
Minnesota Wild: Jared Spurgeon- Spurgeon was unable to play in Saturday’s match against the Devils due to an upper-body injury.
Minnesota Wild: Marco Scandella- Scandella made his return to the lineup Saturday after being a late scratch against Toronto on Thursday.
Montreal Canadiens: Zach Redmond- Redmond will be on the shelf for the next six weeks with a broken foot.
Nashville Predators: Ryan Johansen, Pekka Rinne, Craig Smith, Colton Sissons- All four of Johansen, Rinne, Smith and Sissons missed Saturday’s game against the Penguins because of food poisoning.
“Last night, we got into a situation where we suspect that we’re dealing with some food poisoning in Detroit. … We’ve got a lot of guys that are sick right now,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “Everything was fine yesterday, and it all happened just before and then during the game and after the game and it’s continuing today.”
When asked what caused the food poisoning, Poile said that he “heard it was the chicken soup” served during the pregame meal.
New York Islanders: Ryan Pulock- Pulock will be out four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.
New York Islanders: Nick Leddy- Leddy was able to practice with the Islanders on Saturday and should be good to go for Sunday’s game.
New York Islanders: Shane Prince- The Islanders have placed Shane Prince on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
New York Rangers: Dan Girardi- Girardi will make his return to the Rangers’ lineup in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
Philadelphia Flyers: Michael Raffl- Raffl will miss the next 10 to 14 days with an upper-body injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Derrick Pouliot- Pouliot will be out long-term with a lower-body injury and has been placed on injured reserve.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang- Letang’s upper-body injury kept him out of the Penguins’ game on Saturday but it shouldn’t keep him out long-term. Consider him day-to-day.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray- Murray took part in the Penguins morning skate and is progressing.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby- Crosby ended up not practicing Wednesday but he did skate on his own. Still no word on a potential return date for Crosby.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Connor Sheary- An eye-injury forced Sheary to miss Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators.
San Jose Sharks: Carl Gunnarsson- Gunnarsson made his return to the lineup Saturday, skating about 10 minutes against the Calgary Flames.
St. Louis Blues: Jori Lehtera- Lehtera has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan- Even though he missed Saturday’s game, Callahan could be ready to play during the Lightning’s six-game road trip.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Martin Marincin- A lower-body injury kept Marincin out of Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks.