Fantasy Hockey News: Injury Update 2/19/15
2015-02-18 11:00:00 EDT
The NHL has a pretty active 7-game set coming tonight, which makes this a perfect time to address some of the injury situations out there and see how they apply to the fantasy hockey world. We’ve got our usual lineup of notable names today, so let’s see who’s in the news this morning.
The Oilers’ Rob Klinkhammer was out of action again last night, due to a personal issue. Specifically, he’s taking some time off to be with his newborn.
Klinkhammer has now missed two games, but will get another chance to return tomorrow.
After missing two games, Matt Hendricks was back in the lineup for Edmonton last night. He’s been fighting an ankle injury that caused him to miss two appearances.
Hendricks isn’t much for offense, however, so he’s a relative afterthought in most fantasy hockey formats.
One more note from Edmonton today: goalie Viktor Fasth is now out indefinitely due to his knee injury. There’s no set timetable for his return to the ice as of right now.
Fasth would have been eligible to come off IR on the 24th, but that’s not happening now. The team will be rolling with Ben Scrivens (fresh off a hamstring injury) and Richard Bachman as his backup in the net.
Good news on Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul. He was able to practice on a limited basis yesterday. The winger is coming back from a knee injury.
Though Lupul will still need some time to recover (and still hasn’t been cleared for contact), this is a step in the right direction. If he’s able to practice in full today, there’s an outside shot he could be available for tomorrow’s game, but we doubt it.
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The Jets’ Mathieu Perreault has been ruled out indefinitely. He’s fighting a lower-body injury. Sources close to the team believe he could very well be out for the rest of the season.
Perreault is now officially on injured reserve, so don’t get your hopes up on him coming back anytime soon. It’s a shame, too; he had been on a nice run as of late, posting 30 points over his previous 32 appearances.
In the meantime, look for Dustin Byfuglien to possibly step up into his slot.
Coyotes center Alex Bolduc did some skating on his own yesterday before the team’s practice. He’s fighting mid-body soreness.
Bolduc is hoping to return to a full session of practice tomorrow.
It looks like the Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen is getting close to making his season debut. He was able to put in a full practice yesterday, the first occasion on which he’s been able to do so.
The 39-year-old Timonen is getting over a blood clot issue and should see increased activity in the coming days, with a likely return to the ice in the next week or two.
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