Friday Injury Update
(3/2/12) It's been a tough year for James van Riemsdyk owners, and it went from bad to worse on Thursday. JVR left Philly's game against the Isles in the first period after blocking a shot, and the Flyers reported later he has a broken foot. The team did not specify a time-frame for recovery, noting van Riemsdyk needs to be evaluated further to ascertain the extent of the damage, but in general a foot fracture means a player will miss anywhere from two to six weeks.
And more bad news for fantasy owners, as the Red Wings announced Nicklas Lidstrom is out two more games with a bruised ankle. The injury caused him to miss Detroit's last tilt as well, and this news means the veteran is out at least through the weekend. Wings GM Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press, "we'll re-evaluate on Monday." It makes for a very tough decision for fantasy owners whether or not to bench Lidstrom next week. The safe play is to sit him, but he could easily end up playing. Gamble at your own risk.
At least the Wings should have Kyle Quincey back to shore up the back end. He missed the Wings' last game with a groin strain, but he practiced Thursday and is somewhere between questionable and probable for Friday.
Another player who might miss some games is Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom. According to the Star-Tribune, Backstrom went down in severe pain making a routine save in Thursday's game against the Habs. He was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the ice and down the tunnel. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated after the game it's "not a short-term thing." Backstrom is listed as doubtful for Friday, and we should know more in the coming days.
According to ESPN, Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury after being hit by Patrick Marleau. Consider him day-to-day.
And for the Sharks, Logan Couture was a game-time decision but decided he couldn't go against the Sabres. He's now missed two straight games, although the injury is not believed to be overly serious. He was very close to playing Thursday, so he's likely to return for the Sharks' next game on Tuesday against the Oilers. And teammate Dominic Moore did return for San Jose Thursday but was held off the score sheet. He missed four games with a lower-body injury.
Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto left Thursday's game after aggravating a hip injury which has been bothering him since Feb. 25 when he tweaked it against the Sabres. He's considered day-to-day and is questionable for Friday's game against Tampa. Teammate Ryan Callahan is also questionable to play against the Lightning. He missed Thursday's game with a bruised foot.
And finally some good news, as the Jets got Zach Bogosian back Thursday. The 21-year old defenseman missed six games with an upper-body injury, but he returned in a 7-0 thumping of the Panthers, topping 22 minutes and chipping in an assist.
We're not entirely sure what's going on with Nikolai Khabibulin. He was supposed to return from a groin strain on Wednesday, but he did not suit up for the Oilers. He's listed as questionable for Friday, so it might be Dubnyk again.
And updating a story from yesterday, we pretty much knew Kris Letang suffered a concussion on a huge hit from Eric Nystrom, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma confirmed Thursday that Letang is indeed having symptoms. It's Letang's second concussion of the season. Consider him week-to-week.