NHL News: Injury Update 3/7/14
NHL Injury Updates 3/7: Stamkos, Helm and More
March 7, 2014
Now that we’ve finished up with last night’s intense NHL schedule, this morning is a good time to check in on some of the injury considerations out there. We’ve got plenty of noteworthy players nursing a myriad of ailments right now, so let’s check in on a few of the big names and see what we can determine about their immediate futures. Here’s the latest.
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: We’ll start things out this morning with a little bit of good news. Stamkos was removed from the injury reserve list yesterday, and made his post-leg-injury debut last night at home against the Sabres. He registered five shots but goose-egged on the score sheet. He was minus-1 for the night.
Stamkos is bound to be a little rusty for quite some time. Previously, he hadn’t played since November 11. On the season, he’s got 14 goals and nine assists in 18 appearances. Next up for the Lightning is a home game against the Bruins tomorrow.
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Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: Let’s head over to Detroit and check in on Helm. There’s not a lot of concrete information out there about him; It seems like the team doctors are still feeling things out. Here’s the story: On Tuesday against New Jersey, Helm came out of the game before the third period due to headache symptoms, and there was some fear that he’d suffered a concussion.
We expect an update on Helm’s status pretty soon. If he does indeed have a concussion, it’s anyone’s guess how much time he’ll miss. We’ll keep you posted on his status.
Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets: We don’t have an official indication of Scheifele’s injury, but if the initial reports are to be believed, it’s bad news. There are some unconfirmed rumors floating around out there that say he suffered an injury to his MCL on Tuesday after a collision with an opposing player.
If that’s true, Scheifele will be out for 6-8 weeks, which is obviously not good for the Jets’ playoff hopes. The youngster has 34 points in 63 games thus far and has provided a jolt of energy to the lineup.
Martin Hanzal, C, Phoenix Coyotes: Now we’ll swing on down to Phoenix to check in on the status of yet another center in Hanzal. He wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday, and he missed out on the Coyotes’ game last night against the Canadiens, thanks to a lower-body injury. It’s the second game he’s missed so far, as he was also out for Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Vancouver.
Hanzal sustained the injury on Sunday against the Blues, and if he’s set to miss more time it’ll certainly test Phoenix’s depth at the position. The good news is that he’s scheduled to travel with the team tomorrow. In 55 games this season, he has 15 goals and 22 assists to his credit.
Josh Gorges, D, Montreal Canadiens: Gorges missed out on last night’s game in Phoenix and has traveled back to Montreal to get his hand looked at. The feeling is that he may have broken it last Saturday against Toronto, but simply played through the pain since then.
If Gorges’ hand is indeed broken, he’ll miss some time--how long exactly depends on the severity of the injury. We’ll probably get an update pretty soon, once the doctors give him the once-over. Montreal heads to San Jose tomorrow.
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