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NHL Injury Roundup (4/3)

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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 5 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!

Ryan Suter (MIN) — Suter broke his leg over the weekend. Then, it was revealed that the injury was worse. Our own Dr. Morse broke things down for us here. With surgery the final option, the Minnesota defenseman’s season is done and finished from a fantasy hockey standpoint. He will not be contributing to any fantasy hockey playoff pools either. April Fool’s Day brought other surprises as well.

Erik Johnson (COL) — Johnson fractured his patella during the weekend. The result of the injury is Johnson will be out for the rest of the regular season and likely the playoffs. There is potential that he could be out until mid-May or longer. The injury had a six week timeline but coaches and trainers alike from Colorado have insisted this might be a 6-8 week malady. Dr. Selene Parekh has a further breakdown on the injury.

Scottie Upshall (STL) — It feels like a run on pain but Upshall is out for the rest of the regular season after it was revealed he has two injuries and not one. Upshall fractured his ribs sometime last week which he tried to play through. That resulted in a lacerated kidney which forced him to be shut down for the season, basically. Any internal bleeding is dangerous but adding the kidney into the equation creates even more problems. Our own Dr. Morse provides a few more details here.

Viktor Antipin (BUF) — Antipin was nailed head first into the boards against Nashville and was officially shut down on Saturday. The violent hit ended his season and though he had little impact fantasy hockey wise, the rookie learned a lot of harsh lessons. On ice awareness is essential in today’s NHL. The Buffalo defenseman suffered a concussion and had some neck issues as well. Dr. Morse also notes his facial trauma here.

Brandon Carlo (BOS) — Carlo broke his fibula last week and the Boston defenseman is lost for the season as well. Dr. Selene Parekh talks more about the injury here. It has been a tough season on injuries and particularly for Boston, at times. With surgery, a recovery time is usually 4-8 weeks. He is not someone one would want to have in your playoff pools even. Simply looking elsewhere is a prudent option.

Semyon Varlamov (COL) — Varlmov hurt his left knee again and is likely out for the rest of the season. At first, Colorado issued a statement saying that Varlamov was done for the regular season and playoffs no matter what. Since, they have retracted a bit saying he may be available for the playoffs. This is a nice way of saying if Colorado makes the postseason, Varlamov will be re-evaluated then. Until that time comes, his fantasy contributions will still be zero. This may or may not be an MCL sprain.

Jesper Fast (NYR) — Fast injured his groin significantly, according to sources, and will be out for the balance of the season. He may or may not need surgery depending on what the New York Rangers’ medical staff decides. Needless to say, the top six winger will not be available as other players move up the depth chart in this lost season for New York. His fantasy hockey impact is now zero.

Mats Zuccarello (NYR) — Yes Zuccarello injured something on his body and is 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 Zuccarello. He will be out another couple weeks. If more information is revealed, there will be an update. David Desharnais (wrist) may also be shut down for New York.

Reid Boucher (VAN) — Boucher broke his hand and will be out for the rest of the season. The forward was contributing minimally to fantasy rosters and had flashes of good this season for Vancouver. It will be interesting in 2018-19 how Boucher fits in for the Canucks. He may get some top six ice time with the retirement of The Sedin Twins.

 

The Flu Is Still Not Over (April Fool’s Day Edition)

Nathan Beaulieu has had a very strange month season. It is not just the injuries but this is the second time, it is believed, that he has come down with an illness. This may be the flu/walking pneumonia and Beaulieu is day to day. He was held out on Monday and will be looked at again later today to see if he can even practice.

Let’s Evaluate It Some More

Steven Stamkos (TAM) — Stamkos is awaiting news on his lower body injury. Do expect him to miss a game or two as Tampa will be highly cautious here.  The Tampa Bay Lightning will certainly miss Stamkos and fantasy owners more the next few days. It is something to monitor as news is expected to be revealed soon. This is the same injury that he suffered against New Jersey a little while back. Is this a groin issue? It may be. Stamkos is questionable for now but the smartest move may be to shut it down for the regular season.

Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) — Byfuglien banged himself up over the past week and Winnipeg is not taking any chances. He was rested a bit but should be good to go by the next game. Do not be alarmed. Teams are doing this more and more (see Nashville with Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, etc.). Teams are erring on the side of precaution more and more as the postseason looms.

 

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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