Ovechkin, Bryzgalov, Lecavalier, Injury Updates
(2/21/12) Alex Ovechkin may have been injured in Monday's game. He briefly went to the dressing room during the second period with what was described later as a "skate problem." However, Ovechkin was limping after the game, and the Washington Post speculates he may have strained his knee on a hit by Bryan Allen about eight minutes into the second. They mention that Ovie took only five shifts in the third, one of which was two seconds long, and that he sat our the final 5:45 of the game. It doesn't sound too serious, but we'll slap the "day-to-day" tag on him and say he's probable for Wednesday against the Sens.
Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov took a puck to the hand during Tuesday's morning skate and left the session early. It sounds pretty minor though, and he should be between the pipes against the Jets.
And it looks like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is very close to returning. He's officially been cleared for contact, but he still sported the red "no-contact" sweater at practice Monday, so take the news with a grain of salt. We've heard whispers that The Nuge might play in Tuesday's game, but the Oilers are obviously being cautious, and Thursday or Saturday is a lot more likely. Nugent-Hopkins was quoted by the Edmonton Sun after the session saying, "I feel close and I think the training staff feels the same way... I'm not too sure if I'll be able to play (Tuesday)... Over the next couple of days we'll be able to determine when I'll be good to go."
Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul took a shot off his ankle against the Canucks on the weekend and sat out practice Monday as a "maintenance day." Luckily for fantasy owners the injury is not considered serious and Lupul is probable for Tuesday's game.
For the Stars, Jamie Benn was cut by a skate on his thigh last Thursday and has missed two games. He's doubtful again for Tuesday but will accompany the Stars on the road and might be able to go on Thursday against Chicago. Teammate Sheldon Souray is also close and is targeting a return against the Hawks. He's missed six games with a foot injury.
And bad news of out Tampa Bay... the Lightning announced Tuesday that Vincent Lecavalier is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. According to nhl.com, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman later sent a text to a Tampa area reporter saying Lecavalier is upgraded to "day-to-day." Expect Lecavalier to miss at least a couple of games.
The Blues placed Jamie Langenbrunner on IR with a broken foot Tuesday. Langenbrunner suffered the injury Sunday against the Hawks and is out 4-6 weeks.