Tuesday Injury Update: Bryzgalov, Wisniewski, C. Price
(4/3/12) Let's start today's injury report with a couple of nice little surprises. Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to be back between the pipes for the Flyers tonight after missing three games with a chipped bone in his foot. And James Wisniewski, who has missed the last seven games with concussion symptoms, is probable to return to action for the Jackets tonight against Coyotes. If you have the luxury of daily transactions, go ahead and insert both players back into your starting lineup.
Sticking with the concussion theme, Habs netminder Carey Price is battling headaches and may be done for the season. He apparently collided with a teammate at practice last Thursday, and his symptoms have worsened over the last few days. Consider Price doubtful for Wednesday against the Lightning, and prepare to be without him over the final week.
In the who cares category, Ales Hemsky ended up playing last night when it was expected that a shoulder injury would keep him in the press box. He managed his usual minutes, and he also managed his usual production... nothing. Hopefully he's on your bench anyway, as Hemsky has just one point in his last seven games.
And it's not an injury, but Kyle Quincey is suspended one game for his elbow to the head of Tomas Kopecky during Sunday's contest.
For the Bs, Gregory Campbell missed Sunday's game with a lower-body injury, but he's probable for tonight against the Pens. Meanwhile, Jordan Caron is out with the flu, and Adam McQuaid is out for a second consecutive game due to a badly swollen eye. Also for the Bruins, Tim Thomas is being given a rest day. With Tuukka Rask still recovering from a groin injury, Marty Turco gets the start.
Another goalie getting a day off is Pekka Rinne, who's expected to rest tonight against the Wild. And yet another, as Martin Brodeur is also being given a break tonight for the Devils. And the trend continues... Marc-Andre Fleury will rest up for the playoffs tonight for the Pens.
For the Devils, David Clarkson is doubtful with a minor lower-body injury. It's more of a maintenance day than anything, and the injury is not expected to affect his playoff status.
The Sabres are a total MASH unit as they battle for the eight spot in the East. Christian Ehrhoff is shut down for the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury, and his status for the playoffs - assuming Buffalo even gets in - seems to be in doubt. Fellow defenseman Tyler Myers is also out tonight after suffering an injury to his foot when he was hit by a shot over the weekend. It's not all bad news though, as the Sabres have a number of players probable to return tonight - Nathan Gerbe, Matt Ellis, and Mike Weber are all expected to be back in the lineup after missing time.
A handful of key names show up on the injury report for the Sens. First, the good news, as Daniel Alfredsson is expected back after missing Sunday's game with the flu. Same goes for Jason Spezza, who did not play Sunday due to the birth of his daughter. The bad news; Sergei Gonchar is out tonight with an undisclosed lower-body injury. It sounds pretty minor, and the Sens are likely just giving the veteran a rest day because they've already clinched a playoff spot.
In Toronto, Mikhail Grabovski is doubtful tonight after suffering a cut on his leg Saturday. As well, the Leafs are still without David Steckel, who has a partially torn MCL. Between the pipes the team is also hurting, as Jonas Gustavsson has a knee injury and is questionable tonight, while James Reimer is believed to have a concussion and is likely done for the year.
We're also hearing reports that Tomas Vokoun could be done for season for the Caps. He suffered a serious groin strain in last Thursday's game and he may miss the playoffs. If that's the case, Washington will hand the keys to Michal Neuvirth.
And lastly, Dustin Byfuglien is dealing with a lower-body issue but is expected to be able to go tonight against the Panthers.
That's the injury report for Tuesday. Keep your pretend stick on the ice!