Fantasy Hockey News: Injury Update 1/8/15
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Injuries and Outlooks on Ailing Players
January 8, 2015
We’re coming off a relatively quiet evening (four games) and heading into a busy one (10 games) tonight in the NHL, which makes this a good time to check out some of the notable injury issues around the league and see what that means for our fantasy lineups. We’ve got some fresh information for you this morning, so let’s see what those ailing players are up to right now.
The Flames activated defenseman Ladislav Smid from injured reserve yesterday. He had been dealing with an upper-body injury. We’d imagine they’ll bring him along slowly until he’s back up to full speed.
That said, Smid doesn’t hold a ton of fantasy upside unless you’re in a deeper league or have expanded scoring.
USA TODAY Sports
Those owners in daily leagues might want to check out the Bruins’ David Pastranak tonight against the Devils. He’ll be playing in his sixth game of his entry-level contract, and this is essentially still an evaluation period.
Still, Pastranak should get some good scoring opportunities tonight alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, so he’ll be a player to watch this evening.
The Stars’ Shawn Horcoff will be able to play tonight against the Predators, according to sources close to the team. He hasn’t been on the ice for the Stars’ last four games due to an illness and IR stint.
Horcoff has five goals and eight helpers in his 35 games so far this season.
Owners of the Wild’s Mikko Koivu will definitely want to watch him heading into today’s game against the Blackhawks. He came out of practice early yesterday due to a “minor” injury--which could indicate that he aggravated his lower-body injury that he’s been dealing with lately.
Wait until you hear some word on Koivu’s status today after the skate before you slot him into your lineup.
Speaking of the Wild, defenseman Marco Scandella won’t be playing tonight against the Blackhawks. He’s dealing with a head injury sustained in Tuesday’s matchup against the Sharks.
Scandella has a couple more days to get healthy ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Predators.
The Jets’ Evander Kane is looking like he’ll be getting back on the ice soon, as in during the team’s four-game road trip which starts today.
If Kane is indeed available during the trip, it’ll mark a sooner-than-expected comeback from his lower-body injury. He wasn’t originally expected to come back until early next month.
The Flyers’ Steve Mason got an MRI late yesterday as a response to his soreness. He didn’t initially seem to be injured too badly, but this is a little worrisome. It sounds like a back issue--a condition that has been dogging him lately.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.