NHL News: Injury Update 1/14/14
NHL Injury Updates 1/14: Staal, Getzlaf, Bennett and More
January 14, 2014
After a fairly light evening in the NHL last night, this morning seems like a good time to visit with some of the injury concerns around the league. We’ve got a lot of ailing names out there who are in various stages of recovery, so let’s take a look at some of the latest updates we’ve seen and try to get a feel for what lies ahead. Here’s the latest.
Eric Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes: Staal has been out since January 4 due to a lower-body injury, but was able to make his way back to the lineup last night against the Flames. His return was soured by a flat offensive effort overall, however, and the ‘Canes fell 2-0.
It may take a few games for Staal to get his skates back underneath him, so Carolina fans will just have to be patient. He has 10 goals and 25 assists in 43 games this season so far.
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Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: Ducks fans held their collective breath over the weekend when Getzlaf went down after taking a shot off his foot on Saturday. He missed the team’s 1-0 win over Detroit on Sunday, but the good news is that his X-rays were negative and he’s listed as day-to-day.
Getzlaf is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow night at home against Vancouver. He’s got 23 goals and 30 assists to his credit so far this season and has a plus-20 rating.
Evgeni Nabokov, G, New York Islanders: Details on Nabokov’s recovery can be somewhat misleading, but we’ll do our best to try and decipher things. He’s been out with a quad injury since January 6, and was able to do some skating on Sunday. The injury isn’t as bad as initially feared, but he’ll remain on the injured reserve list for now even though he’s eligible to come off at any time.
Nabokov may take another week or so to get fully healthy, and the Islanders have the luxury of taking things slow right now. Kevin Poulin has won four straight games in his absence.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks: In other goalie news, Luongo seems to be inching closer to a return to the ice, but he’s not quite there yet. He missed out on last night’s game in Los Angeles, his fourth missed contest after injuring his ankle January 4 (which, coincidentally, was in Los Angeles).
The good news is that Luongo accompanied the team on their current road trip, so the door remains open for a comeback before they get back home. They’ll play tomorrow in Anaheim and Thursday in Phoenix.
Beau Bennett, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Bennett out on the ice--November 22 to be exact--and it’s looking like we’ll be waiting a while longer. He’s still an estimated four weeks away from returning to the ice after breaking his wrist, which would put him back out there late next month after the Olympic break.
It was initially hoped that Bennett would be back by the end of this month, but his healing wrist has made it difficult to pass and hold his stick.
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