Injury Recap for Thurs Games
(2/17/12) James van Riemsdyk is practicing without restriction and is cleared for contact, but he missed his fifteenth straight game Thursday as he recovers from a concussion. There's still no time-table for a return, but it appears he's inching closer. Barring a set-back, we may see him back in action as early as next week. (Source)
Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray left Thursday's game against Tampa after taking a puck to the throat. He was taken to a local hospital for "precautionary observation," and his status going forward is unknown at this point.
For the Blues, Jason Arnott returned after missing six games with a shoulder injury. He scored a goal and went on to log 11-minutes of ice-time. He now has 25-points in 50-games on the season, and a point every other game is probably what we can expect the rest of the way. In other words, Arnott probably belongs on the bench in most leagues.
Sheldon Souray missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury. He has yet to resume skating and is day-to-day going forward.
The Bruins weren't in action, but Rich Peverley was sent back to Boston to have his knee evaluated, which he injured Wednesday in a collision with Hal Gill. The Bs play their next five games on the road, so fantasy owners should anticipate being without Peverley for at least a few games, maybe more. Make sure to bench him going into next week if he's in your line-up, and look for an update after he has an MRI.
The Stars lost Jamie Benn when he was cut on his leg by the skate of Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Dallas coach Glen Gulatzan was quoted by ESPN regarding the injury, saying, "he's got stitches in his leg... It's a pretty decent size cut, so he's going to be day-to-day. He probably won't play in Phoenix (Saturday), but there is a possibility he could play here (against Nashville) on Sunday." Talk about bad luck with strange injuries, as Benn just recently returned from a ruptured appendix that caused him to miss five games.