Monday Injury Update: J. Carter, D. Sedin, Briere, Spezza, Hemsky
(4/2/12) Let's start with an update on Kings forward, Jeff Carter, who has been in a walking boot the last few days. Carter underwent an MRI on his ankle Monday, and according to Kings beat writer Rich Hammond, it showed no structural damage and no fracture - Carter has a deep bruise and is considered day-to-day.
A player we're getting more and more worried about is Daniel Sedin. According to TSN's Farhan Lalji, Daniel was at the Canucks' facility today, possibly for a light workout, but he has yet to resume skating or practicing since suffering a concussion Mar. 21. The Canucks have said all along they expect Daniel back for round one, but if he's still confined to the exercise bike with barely more than a week before the playoffs start, we'll put two and two together and raise his alert status to amber. We still want to believe he'll be ready, but it's time for fantasy owners to acknowledge the possibility he might not be.
The Flyers suffered a significant casualty in yesterday's battle against the Pens, as Danny Briere is out indefinitely with an upper-back contusion due to a hit by Joe Vitale (check it out below). Briere is likely done for the regular season, and his status for the playoffs is now questionable. Philly also lost defenseman Nicklas Grossman to a knee injury, and the blue-liner is out 7-10 days, meaning he could miss the first few games of the playoffs.
Hawks forward Andrew Brunette sat out last night's game with a lower-body injury. According to reporter Michael Russo, Brunette was limping badly yesterday, so we have to think it's either his knee or his foot. Either way, it's minor and Brunette might be able to make it back into the lineup for Thursday's game against the Wild.
The game might also mark the return of Jonathan Toews, who's been cleared for contact after missing 20 games with a concussion. We suspect the Hawks would like to get Toews at least one start before the playoffs, so if not Thursday, he's likely to go in Chicago's final game on Saturday. As well, Duncan Keith has served his suspension and is eligible to return against the Wild.
Fantasy owners might have been alarmed to find Jason Spezza missed Sunday's game, but it was because of the birth of his daughter, and he's expected to play Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, Oilers forward Ales Hemsky sustained a shoulder injury (surprise!) yesterday and is a game-time decision for tonight's game.
And it's not an injury, but Kyle Quincey faces possible discipline for this elbow to the head of Tomas Kopecky. We'd be surprised if he doesn't get at least a couple of games.
That's it for Monday. Good luck in the final week!