Weds Injury Update

(2/22/12) There were eleven games on the schedule Tuesday, and it appears fantasy owners escaped without any key losses.  Earlier in the day we found out about injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews, and Vincent Lecavalier, so we definitely didn't need any more bad news.  We did get some more info on Lecavalier though, and unfortunately it's not all that good.  More on that later...

One player that did go down is Islanders forward Josh Bailey.  He left Tuesday's game with back spasms and is listed as day-to-day.  Maybe we can point to that as an excuse for his 9-game scoreless drought...

Defenseman Brooks Orpik was also scratched for the Penguins with an upper-body injury, while teammate Ben Lovejoy returned to the lineup in a 2-0 win over the Rangers.  

For Columbus, Nikita Nikitin returned after missing twelve games with a knee injury, notching an assist in a 6-3 win over the Sharks.  Nikitin has been quietly productive this season, scoring 19 points in 39 games, and now that he's back he's worth a look if you're in need of help on the blue-line.  

In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec sat out against the Stars with the flu.  He should be back in action Friday when the Canadiens take on the Caps.

Jamie Benn and Sheldon Souray were once again out for Dallas as expected, although both are targeting a Thursday return.  Expect a possible game-time decision scenario.

Red Wings forward Dan Cleary was back in action after missing five games with a knee injury.  He clocked in for just under 15 minutes but did not register a point - he was hot before the injury, scoring six in the six games prior.

Defenseman Chris Butler left in the second period in the Battle of Alberta.  According to the Calgary Herald, Butler suffered a wide cut above his knee, apparently from a skate.  And while it's not an injury, Ryan Jones was a healthy scratch for the Oilers, as Edmonton dressed Darcy Hordichuk instead.

And lastly, we now know the injury that Vincent Lecavalier is dealing with is a broken hand.  There's no timetable on a return, but something in the range of 2-4 weeks is likely.  At least he can maintain his conditioning and keep skating, but he'll have to be moved to the bench for now.  Here's what Vinny had to say about the injury...