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NHL News: Injury Update 1/10/14

NHL Injury Updates 1/10: Couture, Rinaldo and More

January 10, 2014

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Before we get into tonight’s six-game schedule around the NHL, now seems like a good time to take a look at a few of the injury situations out there in the league. As usual, there are plenty of noteworthy players who are battling various ailments, and each is in his own stage of recovery. Here’s a look at some of the latest news we’ve seen on the injury front.

Zac Rinaldo, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Though initially considered day-to-day, we won’t be seeing Rinaldo for a while. He’s been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and will be out for the next six weeks as he recovers.
This comes as something of a shocker, as Rinaldo seemed to be okay on Wednesday when he left the game against Montreal shortly after tallying his first goal of the season. His return timetable puts him back on the ice sometime in late February--maybe just after the Olympics get finished up.

NHL News: Injury Update 1/10/14

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Matt Irwin, D, San Jose Sharks: Irwin missed out on last night’s big win over the Red Wings due to an upper-body injury. He was likely feeling the effects of his condition back on Tuesday as well; Irwin posted just over 10 minutes of ice time in that one.
Until we get something more concrete on his condition, we’ll consider him day-to-day and questionable for tomorrow’s home game against the Bruins. Irwin has two goals and 10 assists on the year so far.

Kyle Chipchura, C, Phoenix Coyotes: Speaking of players who sat out last night after sustaining injuries on Tuesday, Chipchura fits that billing. He sustained a lower-body injury during his team’s Tuesday blowout over Calgary and had to miss last night’s loss to Minnesota.
The general consensus seems to be a day-to-day designation for Chipchura, so we won’t know whether or not he’ll be able to suit up for tomorrow’s game against Anaheim until we get closer to game-time. He’s got two goals and five assists this season.

Ron Hainsey, D, Carolina Hurricanes: The flu bug is working its way through the league right now, and its latest casualty was Hainsey. He ended up playing last night (and logging 21:46 of ice time) against Toronto, but was a game-time call due to his illness.
Assuming Hainsey didn’t overdo it and wipe himself out with all that activity last night, we’d say he’s a decent bet to play this evening against Columbus. He has three goals and seven assists this year so far.

Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks: We’ve got a minor status update on Couture this morning, even though we won’t be seeing him on the ice for quite a while. He had surgery on his injured hand Wednesday, and everything reportedly went well. He’d been playing through the issue for quite some time, but opted to get things surgically corrected so he’d be right for the postseason. He’ll be out for the next 3-to-4 weeks.
Couture didn’t make the Olympic roster, so he’ll get that extra time to rest. By the time the league picks back up in late February, he should be fully healed up and ready to get back to his usual self. Couture has 14 goals and 21 assists to his credit thus far.

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