NHL News: Injury Update 1/22/14
NHL Injury Updates 1/22: Ovechkin, the Red Wings and More
January 22, 2014
With a relatively quiet evening on tap for tonight (three games), this morning seems like a good opportunity to visit with some of the ongoing injury situations out there in the NHL. We’ve got plenty of key players who are ailing, so there’s no shortage of material to check up with. Here’s a look at some of the most recent news.
Jonathan Ericsson, D, Detroit Red Wings: We’ll start out today by taking a look at a couple of the Red Wings’ (numerous) injury concerns. Ericsson is one of the few lpayers with any good news attached to him, as he’ll be returning to the ice today against the Blackhawks. He’s been out for about a month due to a rib injury.
This is certainly a positive development, and the ailing Detroit lineup will take it. You can expect Ericsson to be eased back into the rotation, so he probably won’t get significant minutes for the near future. He’s also expected to be wearing a protective jacket while he’s out there.
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Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: And now on to the bad news. We got an update yesterday on Datsyuk, and the update was that there was no update. He’s still without a timetable for his potential return from his groin injury, last seeing game action on Jan. 1 against Toronto.
Datsyuk has been instructed not to practice in order to allow his groin to heal a little faster. It sounds like he’s still a ways off from a comeback, but we’ll keep you posted if the situation changes.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Detroit Red Wings: One more Wings player for today. Alfredsson has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Blackhawks, thanks to a back injury (spasms, specifically) that’s kept him out of action since Jan. 9. The good news here is that he was able to participate in practice yesterday.
Given the fact that Alfredsson’s been skating, it seems like he should be able to return to the ice sooner rather than later. His next opportunity to play would be Friday at home against Montreal.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: The flu bug has been working its way through the league, and Lundqvist is its latest victim. He ended up sitting out last night’s game against the Islanders, giving way to Cam Talbot between the pipes. (The Rangers lost 3-5.)
Lundqvist has had a strong month, notching a 1.98 GAA and .938 save percentage through 2014 so far. If he’s better by tomorrow, we may see him back in action at home against St. Louis.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: Ovechkin was a game-time decision coming into last night’s matchup against Ottawa, and he didn’t end up playing. The Caps could have used his offensive prowess, as they went down 0-2.
Ovechkin is fighting a lower-body injury, but the good news here is that he’s got a couple extra days to rest up. His next opportunity to play is Friday in New Jersey.
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