Friday, February 13, 2015

Injury Week in Review (February 6-13)

Hey all!

New long-form articles on the way soon, I promise! I've been absurdly busy lately. Meanwhile, I've decided to start posting some of my injury tracking on a weekly basis. These are newly announced injuries from the past week. If I missed any, let me know!

Team
Player
Injury
Placed on IR?
Date
Projected Return
Blue Jackets
James Wisniewski
Undisclosed lower body
No
Feb. 6
Day-to-day returns 2/13
Blue Jackets
Ryan Murray
High-ankle sprain
Yes
Feb. 6
4-6 weeks
Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist
Vascular injury in neck
Yes
Feb. 6
4-6 weeks
Wild
Matt Cooke
Sports Hernia Surgery
Yes
Feb. 6
5-6 weeks
Sabres
Evander Kane
Shoulder Surgery
Yes
Feb. 6
4 months (out for season)
Capitals
Mike Green
Undisclosed lower body
No
Feb. 6
Played Feb. 8th & 11th (Missed 1 game)
Lightning
Jason Garrison
Undisclosed lower body
No
Feb. 7
Played Feb. 10th and 12th (Missed 2 games)
Maple Leafs
Dion Phaneuf
Undisclosed upper body
Yes, retroactive to January 21
Feb. 7
No timetable
Predators
Colin Wilson
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 7
Played Feb. 12th (Missed 2 games)
Rangers
Jesper Fast
Sprained knee
No
Feb. 7
2-3 weeks
Islanders
Cal Clutterbuck
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 7
Played Feb. 12th (Missed 2 games)
Islanders
Michael Grabner
Undisclosed upper body
Yes
Feb. 7
No timetable
Oilers
Taylor Hall
Ankle
Yes
Feb. 8
6 weeks
Coyotes
Martin Hanzal
Back surgery
Yes
Feb. 8
Out for the season
Coyotes
Joe Vitale
Undisclosed upper body
Yes
Feb. 8
Probable for 2/14
Flyers
Steve Mason
Arthroscopic knee surgery
Yes
Feb. 8
2-3 weeks
Predators
Mattias Ekholm
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 8
Day-to-day
Sharks
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Undisclosed (Upper body? Illness?)
Yes
Feb. 8
Day-to-day
Kings
Alec Martinez
Concussion-life symptoms
No
Feb. 8
Day-to-day
Ducks
Frederik Andersen
Head injury
Yes
Feb. 8
No timetable/day-to-day
Blue Jackets
Dalton Prout
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 9
Day-to-day (doubtful for 2/14)
Sharks
Daniil Tarasov
Undisclosed
Yes
Feb. 9
No timetable
Wild
Ryan Carter
Undisclosed upper body
Yes
Feb. 10
About a month
Wild
Jason Zucker
Broken clavicle
Yes
Feb. 10
3 months
Oilers
Ben Scrivens
Hamstring
No
Feb. 10
Indefinitely
Oilers
Benoit Pouliot
Foot
Yes, retroactive to February 2
Feb. 10
Probable for 2/14
Hurricanes
Ryan Murphy
Leg injury
Yes
Feb. 9
4 weeks
Lightning
Cedric Paquette
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 10
Day-to-day
Panthers
Brandon Pirri
Shoulder
No
Feb. 10
2 weeks
Flyers
Luke Schenn
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 11
Back 2/13. Missed 1 game
Blackhawks
Tim Erixon
Undisclosed lower body
No
Feb. 11
Day-to-day
Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul
Undisclosed lower body
No
Feb. 11
About a week
Blackhawks
Michal Rozsival
Undisclosed upper body
No
Feb. 13
Out tonight, probably 2/15 return

That's 33 injured players across 19 NHL teams.

Of note:

  1. Ryan Murray - The oft-injured former second overall pick returns to the IR, a sore sight for Blue Jackets fans. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. He's only played 73 NHL games in his two years in the league. 
  2. Henrik Lundqvist - I'll probably do a long-form piece on this just because it's so bizarre. On January 31st, Lundqvist took a shot to the neck against the Hurricanes. He stayed in the game and started the next game in net as well. On Wednesday, February 4th, Rangers coach Vigneault told the media he was being evaluated by doctors. On Friday, the 6th, it was released that he would be sidelined for at least 4 weeks with a neck injury and speculation begun (was it a concussion? was it nerve damage? a blood clot?). Then it was revealed that it was a vascular injury and every NHL writer began googling. So what's a vascular injury? Essentially, it's damage to the blood vessels in the neck (which are important because they supply blood [oxygen] to the brain). Then on February 8th, Lundqvist spoke to the media and said he "sprained a blood vessel" (seriously not a thing) and that he was risking a stroke had he continued to play. Lundqvist also said that he felt lightheaded, dizzy, and experienced headaches after taking the shot to the neck. SO WHY DID HE STAY IN AND PLAY THE NEXT GAME?! Anyway, big blow for the Rangers and a scary injury. 
  3. Matt Cooke - Wild fans that want to know more about sports hernia injury and surgery can read my article on the topic here: http://undisclosedinjury.blogspot.com/2014/10/discussing-michael-grabners-injury-and.html 
  4. Taylor Hall - After having a bone bruise, Taylor Hall tried to return and took a slash to the injured ankle. An MRI revealed a fracture and Hall is out 4-6 weeks. My only point here is that Hall's bone bruise didn't "morph" into a fracture. Either it was previously fractured and the imaging didn't show it, or it was a new injury after the slash.
  5. Martin Hanzal - Back surgery isn't ever not serious, but it's good to see Hanzal electing to undergo surgery to fix a lingering issue. Hanzal has previously had back surgery to repair a herniated disc in 2008, this is probably the same. Coyotes fans can learn more about the injury and surgery by reading my article on the topic here: http://undisclosedinjury.blogspot.com/2014/02/henrik-zetterberg-spinal-disc-herniation.html
  6. Alec Martinez & Frederik Andersen - Two [released] concussions this past week. While Andersen's injury hasn't been revealed as a concussion, it's the most likely scenario after getting hit in the head with the crossbar. 
  7. Jason Zucker - Broken clavicle [collarbone]. That hurts.
  8. Ryan Murphy - Underwent an MRI but supposedly doesn't need surgery for his leg injury right now.