MON Injury Update: Alfredsson, Hanzal Good to Go
(4/23/12) Things are fairly quiet on the injury front today, but there are a couple of significant players returning to action tonight as their teams try to push through to the second round.
The story of the day for fantasy owners is that Daniel Alfredsson confirmed he's good to go and will suit up tonight for Game 6. Alfie missed the last three games with concussion symptoms, but he should step right back in at full speed without missing a beat. The risk of re-injury always looms, but concussions don't tend to affect performance when a player doesn't miss significant time. He'll also be extra amped knowing that Ottawa leads the series against the Rangers 3-2 and can send New York over the ropes tonight.
Also back returning, the Coyotes should have Martin Hanzal back in the lineup for tonight's Game 6. Phoenix is ahead 3-2 in their series against Chicago, and a win tonight sends them through to the second round to face the Predators.
Meanwhile, Marian Hossa paid a visit to the United Center to see his teammates yesterday, but the fact that this news is seen as such a positive step is telling. Hossa suffered what appears to be a severe concussion and won't be stepping back onto the ice any time soon. At this point, any return before the end of the playoffs would be a surprise.
Looking ahead to the second round, the Blues have ruled out Jaroslav Halak for the first two games of their upcoming series against the Kings. Brian Elliott is playing fantastic, so St. Louis is in good hands anyway, and will be interesting to see what happens when Halak is available. Our guess is Elliott plays until he falters, and then the two continue to switch in and out.
Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has served his suspension and is eligible to return tonight for Game 6. However, New York will have to try to stave off elimination without Brian Boyle, who suffered a concussion on Saturday on this hit by Chris Neil...