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NHL Injury Roundup (3/20)

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Welcome to the time of year that most in the hockey community truly dread. It is the stretch run toward the playoffs as well as the start of some fantasy hockey playoffs. Injuries play havoc with so much. Thanks to The Fantasy Doctors, it is time for the NHL Injury Roundup. Let’s begin with the most serious maladies from the last week or so.

Shut It Down!

Oscar Klefbom (EDM) — Klefbom injured his shoulder a couple years ago.. The injury lingered and worsened at times throughout the season. Now Klefbom is having surgery to clean out the problem areas and will opt for long term recovery. This means an end to his season but the defenseman should be fine for training camp. He is far from the only one.

Kevin Bieksa (ANA) — Bieksa hurt his hand and suffered a fracture. The result of the injury is Bieksa will be out for the rest of the regular season more than likely. There is potential that he could be out until late April. The injury had a 2-4 week timeline originally but has been upped to a 3-5 week window.

Jared Spurgeon (MIN) — It feels like a run on defensemen but Spurgeon had a partial tear of his hamstring last week. He will miss another 3-5 weeks of action. This ends his regular season for Minnesota and the injury could linger for most or all of the first round of the playoffs. The injury pushes Matt Dumba into even more of a two way role. Spurgeon owners can pick up Dumba but he was being claimed quickly in leagues. Another option is to just try and patch things by schedule day to day.

Calle Jarnkrok (NSH) — Jarnkrok suffered an upper body injury that resulted him wearing a sling after the Winnipeg game. The prognosis appears to be at the least some kind of shoulder separation plus other damage. He will be out at least the next three weeks. According to the Nashville coaching staff, the center may be out for some time into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. By that logic, it is a far reaching timetable. This could be anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Nashville has a plethora of forwards that can step in so fantasy production wise, there are always options.

Eric Gudbrandson (VAN) — Gudbranson had shoulder surgery this week and will be ready for training camp come mid-September. The Vancouver defenseman had a nagging issue since November. It will keep him from hockey activities for the next 4-6 months.

 

Be Wary Of The Head

Noah Hanifin (CAR) — Hanifin suffered a concussion over the weekend and this appears significant enough to be more than just a day to day issue. The defenseman will have to go through a series of protocols. With Carolina pretty much out of the playoff picture, It may be best that Hanifin is shut down for the regular season. Wait for an official determination but do not be too optimistic. Search for other streaming fantasy hockey options on the blueline.

Phillip Danault and more (MTL) — Danault diagnosed with headaches is still out and now the question has to be asked. Will he be the next to be shut down? The good news for Montreal at least is that Carey Price was cleared from his concussion and should play later this week. That was tempered by the news of Andrew Shaw’s latest concussion. Shaw has had several head injuries in his career and was even warned another one could be season or career ending. Expect Shaw to be shut down.

Jacob Trouba (WPG) — Trouba missed 20 games due to injury and came back for a couple games. Then he tried to hit Jamie Benn. That did not work so well and Trouba is now in concussion protocol for the Jets. This means he will be out Tuesday. Though the defenseman was in good spirits, the earliest he may return is Friday against Anaheim. Winnipeg may want to be a bit careful here. If Trouba missed a week to ten days, no one would be shocked. For fantasy owners, it appears one would have to stream defenseman if the IR+ slot is an option. If not, stashing him will be necessary.

The Flu Is Still Not Over

Erik Karlsson (Ottawa) and Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto) now have missed time with the flu. They are not the only ones in the last week. Karlsson appears to be ready to go for Tuesday night against Florida but may not be 100%. Keep an eye on him to just make sure he does play. Zaitsev, however, has been out since March 8th. The Toronto defenseman is getting closer. While Frederik Andersen and Auston Matthews are returning, Zaitsev may have to wait a bit longer. He is on the mend at least.

Let’s Evaluate It Some More

Patrice Bergeron (BOS) — Injuries have hit Boston with severity. Bergeron received good news on his fractured foot yesterday and he is skating with Boston. The next question is when does he return? The center is doing non-contact drills currently. When he is able to practice with contact, Bergeron may then be able to play that night or the next night. It is a fluid process so monitor Boston beat writers like Tim Rosenthal and Joe Haggerty among others.

Ben Hutton (VAN) — Hutton developed a foot infection last week and is now day to day. The defenseman has had a brutal season for the Canucks and fantasy owners alike. This could be a few days for season ending depending on the severity. An update is expected later on Tuesday as Vancouver plays later that night.

 

No! This Actually Happened! 

It appears that Monday featured no significant injuries for what feels like the first time in weeks. Here, at The Fantasy Doctors, we will keep you posted on the latest. Thanks for reading.

Chris Wassel is a multi-faceted writer spanning everything from prospects to the hockey beat. His first loves are fantasy hockey and yes, injuries. The two often go hand in hand when it comes to fantasy hockey success. He has been writing for almost 15 years now for everyone from The Sporting News to Dobberhockey.

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