Monday Injury Update: Crosby, Bergeron, Perry
(3/12/12) We can't confirm it yet, but the media consensus seems to be that Sidney Crosby will make his return Thursday against the Rangers. It's all a little premature as no official announcement has been made, but the bee hive is buzzing to say the least, and all signs point to Crosby making his comeback sooner than later.
In last night's action, the Bruins had three players head down the tunnel early against the Penguins. Patrice Bergeron took a slap shot off his left foot and, according the the Boston Globe, he was limping heavily as he left the ice. Bergeron came back for one shift later in the period but then headed straight to the dressing room again when he came off. He also appeared prior to the third period and took a few laps, but he apparently decided he was done for the night and did not return. Consider Bergeron questionable for Tuesday's game against the Lightning.
Carolina was without Jiri Tlusty against the Panthers, as he's dealing with an upper-body injury after being hit by Steve Stamkos on Saturday. And for the Panthers, Jack Skille was missing with an upper-body ailment of his own. Consider both players day-to-day.
In New York, Brandon Dubinsky was back for the Rangers after suffering hand and sinus injuries in a fight last week. Meanwhile, teammates Ryan Callahan (foot) and Michael Del Zotto (hip) sat out against the Isles. Both players are questionable for Tuesday.
Going into tonight's action, Corey Perry is doubtful with a right shoulder injury. He was hit by Stephane Robidas on Saturday and played limited shifts in the third period. Perry looks to be out at least one game, maybe more, so it's probably best to bench him for the week. The Ducks will have Nick Bonino back, however, as he's probable after missing one game with a knee injury.
Thomas Vanek owners had a scare when the Sabres forward took a huge hit from Johnny Boychuk last Thursday. Vanek sat out Saturday's game, but he's probable for tonight and appears to have escaped without serious injury.
For the Avs, rookie Gabriel Landeskog has the flu and is questionable tonight against the Ducks.
And likely returning tonight for the Habs, David Desharnais and Raphael Diaz are both probable.
We also have several updates out of Philly. Jakub Voracek could return as early as Tuesday - he's recovering from concussion symptoms. Voracek skated today along with a couple of other Flyers nursing injuries. Pavel Kubina was one of them, as he's missed three games with an eye injury. However, Kubina indicated to Pro Hockey Talk that he's dealing with another separate issue and may miss a few more days. Finally, teammate Kimmo Timonen skated lightly, but there's no indication he's close to returning from a back injury. He remains out indefinitely.
Aspiring chef Craig Anderson tested his hand before practice today and did some light work. His cut is healing nicely and we expect he might return in one to two weeks.
And we'll leave you with the latest on Jonathan Toews. He's back skating and doing drills, but he's not cleared for contact and is still dealing with concussion symptoms. He was quoted yesterday by the Chicago Sun-Times regarding his status. "I wouldn't say I'm 100%," Toews admitted. Expect him to be out at least another week.
That's it for today. Let's hope we see Crosby back in action at full health in New York, and let's all hold our breath that he holds up! Good luck with your transactions.