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NHL Playoff Injury Roundup (4/11)

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Welcome to the time of year that most in the hockey community truly dread. Fantasy hockey playoff pools begin tonight with three games. 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 among the playoff teams.

Down And Out For Round 1 At Least

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. Suter is a huge loss for a Minnesota team trying to slow down a deep and high scoring Winnipeg team.

Erik Johnson (COL) — Johnson fractured his patella towards the end of the regular season. 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. Johnson makes it easier for Nashville to attack Colorado’s young depth.

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. This loss could impact Boston in playoff pools as their top lines will have to play a bit more of a two way game against Toronto’s high event offense.

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 would be out for round one at least. After that, it is questionable. Consider that Jonathan Bernier is starting and Johnson is out for Colorado. The Avalanche are very likely out after the first round anyway.

Cam Fowler (ANA) — Fowler is out for the first round more than likely. He will be re-evaluated at some point during the San Jose series. There is a slight possibility he could return or he may miss a few more weeks. Anaheim’s power play dramatically improves without him along with some possession metrics. It makes one wonder if Fowler was banged up before the shoulder injury.

The Illness Is Still Not Over 

Torrey Mitchell should be upgraded on Wednesday to probable after suffering through a nasty flu and upper respiratory bug. This has caused Mitchell to lose nine pounds in the last five days. He has been regaining his strength so keep an eye to see if Los Angeles will let him play in Game 1 against Vegas. He may not have much fantasy value but Mitchell serves a role on the bottom six others won’t have to.

Let’s Evaluate It Some More

Steven Stamkos (TAM) — Stamkos is awaiting news on his return from a lower body injury. Do expect him to be questionable for game one. More should be known at Thursday morning skate. One thing will be certain. Stamkos will likely not be 100%. However, an 80-90 percent center is better than a 50-60% captain.

John Gibson (ANA) — Gibson banged himself up over the past week and Anaheim was wise to let the upper body injury heal itself. He was seen at practice over the past few days and it appears he will be listed as probable for Game 1 on Thursday against San Jose. This is welcome news for Anaheim as they need the all world goalie against a relentless San Jose attack.

Joe Thornton (SJS) — Thornton is out for Game 1 and likely longer. He is the only player that will be held out as Evander Kane is expected to play. Thornton’s knee is slowly healing, but his on ice work has been limited in scope. Few have any clue if he will return in round number one or two for that matter.

Derick Brassard (PIT) — Brassard’s groin injury has been more persistent than many expected. However, the center has enjoyed several “really good practices” according to Mike Sullivan. That indicates he should be ready tonight for Game 1. His effectiveness may not be 100%, but 90% does not sound too bad.

Jared Spurgeon (MIN) — Spurgeon has been practicing the past couple days despite a mending partially torn hamstring. Despite encouraging results, the defenseman is a game time decision for game one versus Winnipeg. It is very much a 50-50 decision as the thought process is that Spurgeon is not even 80 or 90 percent.

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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