Wednesday Injury Update
(3/7/12) Fantasy owners were dealt a huge blow last night, as Joffrey Lupul sustained a separated shoulder and is out 3-4 weeks. That more or less means his regular season is all but over. If you're in a fight for first place in your league, you might have to make the painful decision to cut him to make room for a player who can still help.
Also going down was Matt Duchene, who severely twisted his right ankle and had to be helped off the ice. Watching the replay, it certainly looks pretty bad. We'll know more tomorrow, but assume he's out for a few games.
Another key loss was Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon, who tore his groin and is out 3-4 weeks. Tampa will likely turn to Dwayne Roloson, the 42-year old veteran who bailed them out at this time last season. The Lightning also called up 22-year old Dustin Tokarski, and they'll have to pray one of the two can carry the load in the final month.
For the Flyers, Jaromir Jagr was forced to the dressing room with what is being called a hip injury. He's dealt with a sore groin most of the season and it's cost him a few games throughout the year. This is quite likely another flare up. He's doubtful for Thursday. And teammate Jakub Voracek was KO'd by a hit from Niklas Kronwall and did not answer the bell for the third period. He's questionable to play Thursday against the Panthers.
Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin blocked a shot with his foot and left last night's game in the second period and didn't come back for the third. He's questionable for Thursday against the Kings.
Another player injured last night was Brandon Dubinsky. It was being reported that he hurt his hand during a fight with Ryan Tucker, but it might be more serious. Dubinsky did not practice today, and Rangers coach John Tortorella said Dubinsky rested because he got, "hit pretty hard in the nose... He's having some problems with his sinuses and just isn't on top of it, so he took today off." Let's hope that's all it is, because the clues definitely make you wonder about the "C" word.
Another player who was bashed in the face last night was Chris Phillips of the Sens. He suffered a broken nose in the first period and will be out for an unknown period of time.
Devils forward Alex Ponikarovsky missed his third straight start with an MCL sprain. According to the Star-Ledger, Ponikarovsky's MRI showed no structural damage, and he was able to skate Tuesday.
And defenseman Victor Hedman was back in action for the Lightning after missing four games. Meanwhile, teammate Marc-Andre Bergeron underwent back surgery today and is likely out for the rest of the season.
According to the Calgary Herald, Tim Jackman took a blow to the head 47 seconds into last night's game against the Habs. He went to the dressing room and did not return. Just putting two and two together... concussion? He's doubtful for Friday.
There's still no progress to report from Jonathan Toews. He missed his eighth straight game with a suspected concussion, and he's still confined to light exercise. This is creeping into long-term territory. Considering he'll first need to resume skating, then be cleared for contact, then get a couple of practices under his belt, the earliest we might see him is about two weeks from now. And there's no sign he's close to setting that chain of events in motion. It's hard not to turn one eye toward the playoffs and start to wonder about his status - the regular season ends one month from today.
And in Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury is being given a rest day. Brad Theissen gets the start against the Leafs. As well, Dustin Jeffrey is questionable with an undisclosed illness, and Derek Engelland is questionable for undisclosed reasons. Both players missed Monday's game.