NHL News: Injury Update 3/18/14
NHL Injury Updates 3/18: Lehtonen, Saad and More
March 18, 2014
There’s a very heavy set of NHL games coming up tonight (12, to be exact), so this morning makes a great opportunity to check in on some of the notable players around the league who are currently nursing injuries. We’ve got our usual mix of prognoses this morning, so let’s take a closer look at a few and see if we can determine what’s in store for each player. Here’s the latest.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: The news about Tarasenko that came on Sunday was pretty disheartening. Here’s what we know. He’ll be out at least six weeks (at which point he’ll be reevaluated) following the announcement that he’ll go under the knife for hand surgery.
It’s quite a devastating blow to the Blues, who had become increasingly reliant on Tarasenko to keep putting up the points. He’d responded well, too, logging six assists and three goals in his last eight-game stretch. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery as he attempts to come back during the playoffs.
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Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: Here’s what the timeline so far looks like on Lehtonen: He’s been out since March 8 due to a concussion, but by most indications he should be available tonight against the Penguins.
Christopher Nilstorp was sent back to the AHL yesterday, which would clear the way for Lehtonen to return to action. He’s been practicing and has been deemed “close” for at least the last five days.
Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: Bad news for an already injury-riddled Red Wings squad. Helm has reportedly hit a setback in his recovery from his concussion, and probably won’t be available anytime in the near future.
The team had hoped to get Helm back on the ice this week, but something apparently happened over the weekend that turned his timetable around. He wasn’t able to practice on Saturday, and it sounds like it’ll be a while before we see him again.
Brandon Saad, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Yesterday afternoon, we got a bit of an update on Saad’s current status. He’ll be missing out on tonight’s game against the Flyers, thanks to an upper-body injury. Beyond that, we really don’t know a whole lot of specifics except that the team doesn’t consider his condition to be all that serious.
We’d imagine Saad will be on a game-to-game timeline, as there’s really not anything out there to contradict that thinking. He was hurt Sunday against the Red Wings.
Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: There are a lot of question marks currently surrounding the Leafs’ Bernier. So far, the team hasn’t given out much information on his status, but here’s what we know. He’s been dealing with a lower-body injury since at least the middle of last week, and hasn’t been able to play at all aside from one period on Thursday against L.A.
The indications given by the team so far have been that his condition isn’t serious and that he’d be out for around a week in total. According to the Leafs, he’s dealing with a low-grade muscle strain in his groin. We’ll stick with that day-to-day timeline for now, at least until we get some different information saying otherwise.
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