Saturday was filled with a ton of exciting NHL action. Fans witnessed drama-filled conclusions to games and great point numbers from players, which made fantasy owners very happy. Want to know something that will make fantasy owners cringe?
Unfortunately, injuries are a big part of hockey and the hockey world witnessed a few significant ones on Saturday. But it wasn’t all bad news, as there was also a player who is healing quicker than expected. So, do these injuries impact your fantasy team? Let’s find out in this week’s injury report.
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning are firing on all cylinders right now, statistically the best offense in hockey. Captain Lecavalier has been a big part of their success, so Tampa Bay is hoping he is alright. During Saturday night’s game, Lecavalier caught a vicious slap shot to the foot from teammate Sami Salo. The fact that it came with just about one second left in the game makes it worse. Lecavalier received X-rays after the game and will be reevaluated on Sunday. Tampa Bay’s head athletic trainer Tommy Muligan said the team is “optimistic” that their captain is not seriously hurt.
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks: Anaheim’s young defenseman was forced to exit Saturday’s contest after taking a heavy hit from by behind, compliments of Jarrett Stoll. Fowler suffered an upper body injury but there is no exact diagnosis just yet. Head coach Bruce Boudreau stated that the Ducks’ promising 21-year old blue-liner will be evaluated on Sunday. Boudreau also went on to say that “He [Fowler] might be okay tomorrow or he might be out for a while.” Keep your eye on this situation as it develops.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens: Okay, I am now convinced. Pacioretty is, in fact Wolverine. After receiving an emergency appendectomy, Pacioretty was initially expected to miss three to four weeks. Now, just eight days after the operation, he is skating with the Canadiens again, and could even play on Sunday. Sheesh, talk about a quick healer. If you own him, I’d play Pacioretty. He is arguably the most dangerous offensive player and with P.K. Subban back in the lineup, his fantasy value only increases.
Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers: The Panthers have missed Weiss in the lineup, who has only played three games this season due to a groin injury. However, it appears that Weiss is set to return to the lineup for Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres. Weiss is expected to join the healthy Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann on the Panther’s first line, which could suddenly be a very relevant fantasy line.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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