Fantasy Hockey 2013: Weekend Injury Roundup

By Adam Pfeifer
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Obviously, the game of hockey is one of the most dangerous ones. Because it is such a fast-paced game, injuries can happen at any time out on the ice.

Injuries are also one of the biggest headaches when it comes to fantasy hockey. In that case, consider me your aspirin, as I highlight some of the more significant injuries around the league for fantasy enthusiasts everywhere.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: And you thought you had headaches? Malkin is experiencing symptoms of a concussion after getting tangled up with Erik Gudbranson, ultimately crashing into the boards. He is suffering from severe headaches and mild disorientation. Concussions are such a gray area in sports, so keep updated. If it is ruled a concussion, Malkin could be sidelined indefinitely.

Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers: The Rangers defenseman may also be dealing with a concussion of his own. During Saturday’s contest, he was driven headfirst into the boards by Max Pacioretty. Again, keep posted.

Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets: Just as he was beginning to heat up, Johnson suffered an apparent upper-body injury. The Blue Jackets have placed their defenseman on injured reserve. Johnson has posted four of his eight points over the last six contests.

Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes: Concussions must be the theme of the day here. Skinner though, has been feeling much better recently. He stated he felt good during the team’s morning skate, in which he participated in a non-contact yellow jersey. There is still no timetable for his return, but the signs are promising. Skinner has been awesome for fantasy owners in 2013, posting 14 points in 13 games played.

Rick Nash, New York Rangers: Nash is dealing with a mysterious injury. Head coach John Tortorella will not get into too much detail regarding the injury, which makes it extremely difficult for fantasy owners to put their finger on. Nash is currently on IR.

Other notable injuries: Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion), Tobias Enstrom (shoulder), James Reimer (knee).

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