Friday Injury Update
(3/9/12) Today's injury report starts with a little mystery regarding the status of Brad Marchand. The Bs forward left last night's game after being hit into the boards by Tyler Myers late in the third period. Marchand did not return for the final four minutes of play.
It didn't seem to be a huge blow, but Marchand is 5'9" and 183 pounds. Myers is 6'8", 227. That's like a monster truck hitting a Toyota. Afterward, Boston coach Claude Julien said Marchand was fine and could have returned, but that he remained out because of "game circumstances." Still, we're a little concerned. Marchand was not seen in the dressing room after the game, and he also skipped today's optional skate. It could be that the Bs are telling the truth and Marchand is good to go, but our spider senses are tingling here. Consider him probable for Saturday against the Caps, but keep your ear to the ground in case new information surfaces.
And we don't know whether it was the hit, but Myers also showed up on the USA Today injury report after the game. He's listed as questionable with a shoulder/arm injury. We should know more tomorrow.
The game was a hard hitting affair all around, as Boston's Johnny Boychuk also laid the lumber on Thomas Vanek. The Sabres forward left the game with an upper-body injury, and head coach Lindy Ruff gave us the good news after the game that "it's not head, just upper-body." Vanek is day-to-day for now. And check out the replay. Thomas Vanek... you just got JACKED UP!
Another key fantasy player who was injured last night is Derek Dorsett. He's a stud amongst fantasy enforcers, leading the league in PIMs and sitting 4th overall in fights. He suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury against the Kings last night, and the team announced today via its Twitter feed that Dorsett will not make the trip to St. Louis to play Saturday. The Jackets then return home for a back-to-back game Sunday, and it would seem Dorsett is questionable at best for that start as well.
Also going down for Columbus was Steve Mason. The Jackets netminder was severely cut on his hand by a skate. He's out Saturday and will likely miss a few games.
In Dallas, Sheldon Souray was forced to the dressing room in the second period with a lower-body injury. And the news got worse today, as the team confirmed Souray is out Saturday against Anaheim. His status beyond that is unknown.
Another player exiting early last night was Avs D-man Erik Johnson. According to nhl.com, Johnson crashed awkwardly into the boards and needed help off the ice. It appeared to be his leg, and he's questionable for Saturday.
Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal took a puck in the grill against the Wild and was also unable to return. As well, there are multiple tweets out there saying he suffered a hand/wrist injury, so we're not sure who to believe. Regardless, Hanzal is day-to-day with an injury involving some part of the human body.
For the Ducks, forward Nick Bonino suffered a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
Jaromir Jagr made a surprise recovery from a hip/groin issue and ended up playing last night. His shifts were a little light as he logged just over 12 minutes, but he still managed four shots and scored a goal. He's proven time and again he can be productive through nagging injuries, so we advise keeping him active for next week.
Alex Ponikarovsky made an uneventful return for the Devils - 2 shots, plus-1, 0 points, in 13 minutes.
And going into tonight, the Flames have a number of players ailing. Mike Cammalleri, Tim Jackman, and Blake Comeau are out against the Jets.
It's the same story for the Wings, as they're still without Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Bertuzzi, Knidl, and Howard tonight against the Kings.
For tomorrow, it looks like Tuomo Ruutu is likely to be back for the Hurricanes after missing ten games. He'll take the morning skate and gauge whether he can go.
We also have new developments regarding Jonathan Toews. The good news is that he was back at practice Friday for the first time in weeks. The bad news is that we can now officially confirm he's dealing with concussion symptoms. Toews even confessed to playing through the injury, according to ESPN. "You come out of a game and feel those symptoms... You don't want to admit to yourself what it might be and you kind of keep going, so it's not clear when it might have happened. The toughest thing was coming to grips with it and saying it's something I had to deal with and couldn't keep playing with," he said. At least he's back on the ice. With that said, Toews probably won't see action for at least another 1-2 weeks at the earliest.
And another Blackhawk hit by a concussion was Niklas Hjalmarsson. He missed the last six games, but he's expected to play tonight against the Rangers.