Fantasy Hockey News: Injury Update 2/5/15
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Injuries and Outlooks on Ailing Players
February 5, 2015
With the heavy 9-game schedule set for tonight, this morning marks a prime opportunity to take a closer look at some of the injury situations around the NHL and see what they’ll mean for fantasy hockey owners. We’ve got our usual crop of notable names this morning, so let’s check out the situations.
The Devils’ Damon Severson will be out at least another week, according to the team’s GM. He got the bad news during an X-ray this week.
Severson probably won’t see any game action until late this month.
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Now let’s get into some IR action. There were several moves around the league with injured players:
The Oilers’ Nikita Nikitin hit IR yesterday due to a shoulder injury. This really wasn’t much of a surprise, however, as he was originally expected to be out for 3-5 weeks.
Matt Cook is on IR as well due to a lower-body injury. The belief here is that he’s fighting a sports hernia, which will require surgery.
If that indeed is the case, you can pretty much stick a fork in his season.
The Coyotes’ Joe Vitale is on IR now due to an upper-body injury. He’s been gone several days already.
The general consensus is that Vitale could be ready by this weekend, as he’s already been skating at practice. We’ll see if things go as planned.
The Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk hit the IR due to abdominal surgery. He’s expected to be out for a few weeks or so.
Now back to the regular flow of injury news: Henrik Lundqvist is day-to-day with a neck injury. He was hit in the throat with a puck over the weekend, but was able to play on Monday. Owners will need to double-check his availability for the immediate future on a game-to-game basis.
The Senators’ Alex Chiasson is dealing with an undisclosed injury and won’t be playing tonight against Washington.
The good news is that he’s been skating, but hasn’t been cleared for contact just yet.
In other Senators news, Craig Anderson won’t be available for tonight’s game either. He’s day-to-day with a hand injury.
Some sources close to the team think Anderson may be able to get back to business by the weekend.
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