Tuesday Injury Update: Bryzgalov, Toews, Sedin
(3/27/12) The biggest news from last night's action is that Ilya Bryzgalov sustained a lower-body injury. According to USA Today, Bryzgalov underwent X-rays after the game and was seen walking with a severe limp. Let's hope it isn't serious, but his status for Thursday is in doubt.
Jonathan Toews might be inching closer to being cleared for contact. He was quoted by the Chicago Tribune today, "The harder I do go the better. That gives me a lot of confidence knowing that there's not much I can do to make it worse right now. Every day seems to be a step forward, which is a good thing."
James Wisniewski missed his fourth straight game last night, and he's listed as week-to-week with a concussion. We can't rule out a return before the end of the season, but it's seeming less and less likely at this point.
Speaking of players attempting to come back from a concussion, Alex Steen made his return to the Blues' lineup Sunday, and USA Today reports he survived an "awkward collision" with Alex Bolduc and will likely be able to go again tonight. Teammate Andy McDonald remains out with a shoulder injury.
For the Predators, Martin Erat missed Sunday's game with an upper-body injury, but he's probable to return tonight against the Blues. However, teammate Jordin Tootoo got KO'd by Brandon Bollig in a fight Sunday, and he's doubtful.
The Penguins are without several key players tonight, as Kris Letang is listed as questionable with a lower-body injury. A tweet from Pens' beat writer, Dejan Kovacevic, has us feeling a little better though, as he says, "Ray Shero just told me Letang's fine. Not a big deal." Phew. And more good news, as Steve Sullivan is expected back in the lineup after missing a game with a lower-body injury. On the other hand, Ben Lovejoy is not so fine. The Pens D-man underwent knee surgery this morning and is out 3-4 weeks, meaning he's likely to miss the start of the playoffs.
Victor Hedman sat out last night with the flu against the Flyers. Consider him questionable to go tonight in Boston.
For the Wings, Nicklas Lidstrom tallied - as did half the roster in a 7-2 dismantling of the Jackets - although his minutes were light for the second straight game since returning from a bruised ankle. A couple of other Detroit players coming off recent injuries also showed up on the score sheet, as Pavel Datsyuk notched a goal and an assist, while Todd Bertuzzi recorded four helpers. Still ailing is netminder Jimmy Howard (groin), who may be able to return Friday.
In Calgary, forward Eric Nystrom was cut by the skate of Miikka Kiprusoff. There's no word on the severity, but he could miss a few games.
As well yesterday, the Canucks finally admitted what everybody already knew - Daniel Sedin has a concussion. The team is downplaying their concern, and this article in the Province indicates Daniel's teammates think he'll be good to go for the playoffs. We want to believe it, but even if Daniel's symptoms are "mild," there's no way to know whether or not he'll be ready in only two weeks. Could it be that the Canucks are simply in a state of denial? Just sayin'...
For Colorado, Erik Johnson returned to action after missing three games with back spasms.
And according to Twitter reports, it looks like Patrick Kaleta will be back tonight for the Sabres, but teammate Nathan Gerbe is still questionable.
That's it for Tuesday. Here's hoping your team stays injury free for the final week and a half!