Sunday Injury Update
(3/4/12) We've got plenty of updates today, but luckily nothing too severe from last night. Habs forward Scott Gomez sat out against the Leafs after suffering an eye injury Thursday against the Wild. He is out indefinitely and, considering it sounds like a long-term thing and there's only a month left, cutting him from your fantasy roster is definitely an option.
Scanning other injuries last night, Steve Downie suffered a shoulder injury against the Penguins. He underwent x-rays following the game, and he did not travel to Minnesota for tonight's contest. There's no word yet on a time-table for recovery, so he should be benched for the week while fantasy owners await further update.
Preds defenseman Ryan Ellis was out with the flu against Florida. He'll likely find his way back into the lineup Tuesday against the Kings.
For the 'Canes, Chad LaRose was back in action against the Lightning last night, although his fantasy value is minimal. He missed seven games with an upper-body injury.
Also returning Saturday was Gilbert Brule, who missed four games for the Coyotes with a head injury. He logged eight minutes and was not a factor, much like he's not a factor in fantasy leagues.
In the early game Sunday between the Rangers and Bruins, Ryan Callahan was a game-time decision but missed his third straight game with a bruised foot. He was able to skate at yesterday's practice, so he's getting close. He'll likely be a game-time decision in the Rangers' next game on Tuesday. And teammate Brad Richards took a hard knee on knee hit and went slowly to the bench in the second period against the Bs. Fortunately he finished the game and appears to be fine, but we'll bet he's a bit sore tomorrow. And the Rangers also had Michael Del Zotto back in the lineup after the defenseman missed Saturday's game with a hip injury. He played his usual minutes and even chipped in a pair of assists.
And for the Bruins, they were without Andrew Ference and Dan Paille as expected, each of whom is nursing a minor injury. The big news for Boston though is that Tuukka Rask was injured Saturday. It's unclear whether it's his groin or his knee, but we'll speculate knee as Rask was seen on crutches after Saturday's game and did not travel to New York to play on Sunday. It's bad news for the Bs, but it's great news for Tim Thomas owners! If Rask is out for a while, Thomas will benefit greatly.
Updating a report from yesterday, Minny forward Cal Clutterbuck is a game-time decision tonight against the Avs. He suffered an upper-body injury due to a collision in Friday's game in Detroit. In the same report, teammate Kurtis Foster is confirmed as a healthy scratch.
Isles forward Michael Grabner missed yesterday's game with the flu, and he did not suit up for an early game today either. The Islanders' next game isn't until Thursday in New Jersey, so expect Grabner back in the line-up against the Devils.
Bad news for Zach Bogosian owners, as the Jets D-man apparently aggravated the wrist injury which kept him out seven games. He tweaked it during Thursday's game and was forced to leave practice early on Saturday. The Jets announced Bogosian will not play Monday against the Sabres and that he's out another week or so. If you were about to put him back into your lineup, don't.
Devils coach Peter DoBoer updated the status of Travis Zajac today. He said a return is "on the horizon" and that Zajac will play again at some point this season. Zajac is a talented player who we like a lot, but he's already attempted one unsuccessful comeback from a torn Achilles this season, and we can't recommend picking him up at this point. Maybe he'll make a small impact in the final month, but more likely this season is a total write-off.
The Wings are already without key players Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk, and now they're missing Todd Bertuzzi as well. Bertuzzi injured his groin in Detroit's last game and is doubtful to play Sunday.
And finally, Caps netminder Tomas Vokoun missed practice yesterday with a lower-body injury and is questionable tonight against Philly. If he can't go, expect to see Neuvirth between the pipes.