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NHL Injury Roundup (3/27)

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Welcome to the time of year that most in the hockey community truly dread. Fantasy hockey playoffs keep on as there are just 12 days left in the regular season. 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!

Niklas Hjarlmarsson (ARZ) — Klefbom injured something in the lower body region as they say. The belief is that it appears to be some kind of knee injury that would require at least several weeks to recover. This means an end to his season but the defenseman should be fine for training camp. He is far from the only one.

Nick Foligno (CLB) — Bieksa what looked like his knee on Sunday. The result of the injury is Foligno will be out for the rest of the regular season. There is potential that he could be out until mid-April. The injury had a 2-4 week timeline but coaches and trainers alike from Columbus have insisted this is more of a two maybe three week malady. Knee sprain seems to be the issue but we may never fully know.

Sean Monahan (CGY) — It feels like a run on pain but Monahan is out for the rest of the regular season after it was revealed he has two injuries and not one. At least one of these requires surgery  which is the wrist. It is said the center will be ready for training camp. With Johnny Gaudreau attending to a personal matter, Calgary is a giant mess from a hockey and fantasy hockey standpoint. People forget that Matthew Tkachuk is also out which has hampered Calgary’s second line as well.

Jonathan Toews (CHI) — Should Toews be shut down with his shoulder injury? That is an excellent question. He is expected to miss a couple more games at least. The center has been out since the 21st. There is some math involved here that Toews could be back by the weekend or early next week. Is it worth it? His fantasy impact has dropped a lot since Christmas and honestly, he would make little difference at this juncture.

Jason Spezza (DAL) — Spezza may need back surgery as his back has been acting up yet again. Some say it is spasms, a bulging disc, or some strange combination. Either way, his effectiveness and fantasy relevance has dropped to pretty much zero. The days of Spezza being one of the best play-makers is long since past.

Mike Green (DET) — Green opted for back surgery and is out for the rest of the season. It is surgery to repair the cervical spine. No one knows the severity just yet but Derek Dorsett had a similar surgery and was forced to retire. Green’s recovery will be one to keep an eye on as he eyes a new contract from a new team in the summer. Green is 32 and has played 12 seasons. With his injury history, there is definitely some concern.

Carl Gunnarsson (STL) — Gunnarsson tore his ACL last week and had surgery to repair the injury. He will miss potentially as long as 9-11 months. This was a far more damaging ACL tear compared to most and involved more than just the tear itself. The Blues defenseman may not be 100% until 2019-20. There is a very realistic chance of that happening. Look at Andrej Sekera of the Edmonton Oilers. He tore his ACL last May in the playoffs and might have come back too soon. Sekera is still a shell of his former self.

Tobias Enstrom (WPG) — Yes Enstrom injured his leg and is now out for the rest of the regular season. At first, the thought process was hey see how this goes after a few days. It became apparent that the malady was a week to week issue. The best bet was to just shut down Enstrom. He will be out another couple weeks.

 

The Flu Is Still Not Over

Jonathan Bernier has had a very strange month or two. It is not just the couple concussions but this is the second time, it is believed, that he has come down with an illness. This may be the flu and Bernier is day to day. He was held out on Monday and will be looked at again tomorrow to see if he can even practice.

Let’s Evaluate It Some More

Steven Stamkos (TAM) — Stamkos received good news on his lower body injury that it was not even regular season ending. Do expect him to miss a game or two as Tampa will be highly cautious here. Ryan Callahan is not as fortunate and may miss the rest of the regular season. The Tampa Bay Lightning will certainly miss Stamkos and fantasy owners more the next few days. It is not fatal at least.

Chris Tanev (VAN) — Tanev hurt his knee 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. The expectation is the game on Friday at St. Louis may have been Tanev’s last game for the season.

 

If an injury happens…

Any help is always greatly appreciated. Send a tweet to @ChrisWasselDFS with the latest maladies. Here, at The Fantasy Doctors, we will keep you posted on the latest but your help is always appreciated. 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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