FRI Injury Update: Crosby, Carter, Ehrhoff, Ballard
(3/30/12) With weekend roster moves on the immediate horizon, here are the top fantasy injury notes at the shift change. First, Sidney Crosby took a puck to the face in the Pens' loss to the Islanders. He left the game, but returned. Fantasy owners can breath a sigh of relief; it was nothing more than a cut - we hope.
In Toronto, the goaltending situation has gone from decent to terrible. While James Reimer is being held out due to - no, don't say it - possible concussion-like symptoms, Jonas Gustavsson took a puck to the knee in Friday's pre-game and did not play. Jussi Rynnas got his first NHL start and it was a gong show 7-1 loss. Gustavsson's status is unclear. The same sort of situation in Washington with Tomas Vokoun, who left Thursday's game against Boston in the first period with a LBI. Neuvirth finished the game.
A significant loss for the Sabres, as Christian Ehrhoff will miss some time due to a knee injury. Ehrhoff is the Sabres' top blueliner by far and this loss could impact the final playoff spot if he can't get back into the lineup soon.
Another big loss, this time in LA: Jeff Carter is out with an ankle injury. He did not play Wednesday and he will not play Friday. Carter has been performing well of late, and his absence could affect the playoff race as well. LA is currently out of the top 8.
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid got rocked into the boards by Jason Chimera in the Bs' loss to WAS. McQuaid is under observation and may miss action.
Steve Montador (CHI - D) is now out indefinitely with a concussion. He took a Mark Fayne slapshot to the head last Tuesday.
Seems that Mikael Samuelsson has worn down a bit. He missed Florida's last game against Minnesota, and he may miss another yet. The cause: "bumps and bruises."
Finally some good news: Keith Ballard (VAN - D) skated on Thursday. He's been out with a concussion, but could be ready for the playoffs. The Canucks have locked up the NW Division crown, meaning they have home-ice advantage in Round 1 at least.