NHL News: Injury Update 3/25/14
NHL Injury Updates 3/25: The Latest News on Injured Stars Across the League
March 25, 2014
With a pretty extensive round of games set for the NHL tonight, this morning seems like a good time to visit with some of the injury situations around the league. We’ve got quite a mix of conditions and prognoses today, so let’s examine each player and see if we can determine what’s in store for his future.
Anton Volchenkov, D, New Jersey Devils: Way back on Saturday when the Devils hosted the Rangers, Volchenkov sustained a lower-body injury that brought him off the ice after just seven minutes. He consequently missed out on Sunday’s game against Toronto.
Volchenkov just got over a lower-body injury that caused him to miss some time last month, so this is a disappointment from a depth standpoint for the Devils. We’ll consider him day-to-day for now, but would imagine we’ll get an update before Thursday’s home game against Phoenix.
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Lubomir Visnovsky, D, New York Islanders: Bad news for Visnovsky and the Islanders. Here’s the latest on him: He’s reportedly experiencing concussion symptoms once again, stemming from his October injury. Initially, he was expected to miss the remainder of the season, but was able to return last month.
Now it seems Visnovsky’s season may truly be over. There’s really nothing for the Isles to play for, and no reason to risk further injury to their 12-year vet. He’s out indefinitely, and we’ve likely seen the last of him this year.
Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: We don’t have anything concrete from the Leafs just yet, but the indications are that Bernier is getting closer to a return. He was out on the ice during yesterday’s practice, and the team is reportedly awaiting word from him as to when he’ll feel comfortable in a game situation again.
Bernier’s last action was on March 13; He’s been dealing with a groin injury. His next opportunity to come back would be tonight against the Blues, but we’ll have to see how he looks during the morning skate.
Tomas Vokoun, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Vokoun, so let’s see what the situation is with him. Here’s the scoop if you need a refresher. He’s been dealing with a pelvic blood clot since all the way back in September, and there remains a chance that he could take the ice in one of the Penguins’ remaining games (they have 12 left).
That said, Pens coach Dan Bylsma is still planning on having Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff handle postseason duties for Pittsburgh, so we probably won’t see Vokoun doing anything much for the rest of the season.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, Washington Capitals: This one took pretty much everybody by surprise. Grabovski was out on the ice for the Caps’ practice yesterday, suggesting that he’s getting closer to a return from his sprained ankle. He’d previously stated that he didn’t expect to hit the ice in game action until early next month, but it’s unclear just yet whether or not he’ll be able to improve on that timeline.
Grabovski reportedly looked like he was a little ways off from a return, but it’s good to see him getting back into the routine. Caps fans can hold out renewed hope that he’ll be good to go for the playoffs.
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