NHL News: Injury Update 1/28/14
NHL Injury Updates 1/28: Zetterberg, Ward and More
January 28, 2014
We’ve got a heavy schedule of NHL games headed our way tonight, which makes this a good time to check in on some of the noteworthy injury concerns out there in the league. This morning, we’ve got the usual roundup of key players, all with varying degrees of ailments. Let’s see if we can utilize the latest news to figure out what’s in store for them.
Dave Bolland, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: We got a bit of encouraging news on Bolland yesterday. He was able to participate in about 25 minutes of the Leafs’ practice yesterday, and looks to be coming along well after his ankle injury.
Bolland still isn’t doing any contact work, but passed the eye test during his time on the ice. He’s still got a ways to go before he can get back into game action, but appears to be making significant progress. There’s a light at the end of this tunnel.
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Mikhail Grabovski, C, Washington Capitals: Thanks to his leg injury, Grabovski wasn’t able to hit the ice for practice yesterday. That doesn’t bode well for his availability for tonight’s game against the Sabres in Buffalo, so we’ll call him a questionable game-time decision for the moment.
Grabovski hasn’t played since last Friday against New Jersey, when he logged just 6:19 on the ice. The Caps could certainly use him. He’s got 12 scores and 21 assists this season so far.
Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings: There were some hopes that Zetterberg might possibly be able to take the ice for tonight’s game against the Flyers in Philadelphia, but he’s already been ruled out thanks to that upper-body injury (specifically, it’s a sore back).
Zetterberg has now missed two games with his ailment and hasn’t been able to play since last Friday against Montreal. His next opportunity to return comes on Friday at home against Washington.
Mike Santorelli, C, Vancouver Canucks: Before last night’s game against Edmonton, there was a bit of speculation that he might be taken off injured reserve in time to play. That didn’t end up happening, though, and he sat out his fifth consecutive game.
Santorelli is dealing with an arm injury and was placed on injured reserve last week. As of right now, there’s no reason to suspect he’s anything worse than day-to-day. The Canucks’ next game is Thursday at home against Chicago.
Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes: There’s some good news here. Ward faced shots during yesterday’s practice, which is the first time he’s done that since sustaining a lower-body injury. He’s been on injured reserve since early this month.
Over the last week or so, Ward has ramped up his workouts and seems to be getting close. If he is indeed ready to come back, tonight in Montreal seems a bit ambitious, but there’s always Friday at home against the Blues.
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