Weds Injury Update: Backstrom, Letang, Ehrhoff

(3/28/12) Good news today, as Capitals superstar Nicklas Backstrom is cleared for contact and should return to the Washington lineup before the end of the season.  He's making the trip to Boston, but he won't play in Thursday's game against the Bs.  If Backstrom is sitting on your fantasy bench, watch the situation going into the weekend and react accordingly.  Whether or not to start him in the final week depends on who your other options are.

We also have an update on the status of Kris Letang, who suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday's game.  The good news is it's not a concussion, but the bad news is Letang will miss at least the next two games.  If you own Letang, wait for the weekend to make the final call, and if there's any doubt we'd recommend keeping him on the bench as the season comes to a close.

Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff sustained a knee injury in a collision with Troy Brouwer in Tuesday's 5-1 Sabres' win.  According to ESPN, head coach Lindy Ruff would only confirm that Ehrhoff will miss a "period of time."  We'll consider Ehrhoff day-to-day until we hear otherwise.    

Reports yesterday suggested Martin Erat would be back in the Preds' lineup last night against the Blues, but he ended up sitting out a second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.  Erat is listed as questionable for Friday, although we suspect he's close.

The Flyers are already hurting on the back end, and now Kimmo Timonen's ailing back is acting up again.  Timonen missed five games in early March with the same injury, and he's now confirmed out for Thursday's contest against the Leafs.  Philly GM Paul Holmgren is calling it a "maintenance day," so hopefully it ends up just being a one-game absence this time.

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov sustained a lower-body injury last night against the Penguins.  He's questionable for Thursday.  If Nabokov can't go, expect to see Al Montoya get the start. 

For the Hawks, Ray Emery stayed back in Chicago Tuesday nursing an upper-body injury, and rookie Carter Hutton kept the bench warm as backup to Corey Crawford.

And lastly, Johan Franzen has missed five games with back spasms, but "The Mule" is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against Columbus.  

That's it for Wednesday's injuries.  Keep your pretend stick on the ice!