Fantasy Hockey 2013: Weekend Injury Roundup
There hasn’t been a ton of new injuries around the NHL as of late, but there is still plenty that fantasy owners need to keep their eye on. In this edition of the Roundup, we take a glance at a few recent injuries, while also providing updates on players that are currently on the road to recovery.
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres: It’s a rather vague injury status, but Vanek was sidelined for Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Rumblings out of the Sabres organization indicate that the injury is one of those mysterious upper-body ones, but the team is hoping to get Vanek back as early as Sunday, hinting towards a possible minor injury. Stay posted as Vanek has been a fantasy superstar in 2013.
Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: Anderson is still working his way back from an ailing ankle, but appears close to a return. Despite not playing during Saturday’s game, he did skate in the morning. Expect Anderson to be back between the pipes sooner rather than later. Fantasy owners will sure be glad to get him back into their lineup, as Anderson currently holds the league’s best save percentage (.952) and second-best goals against average (1.49).
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: Despite missing his fourth straight game on Saturday night, Malkin appears to be feeling much better after suffering a concussion about a week ago. He hasn’t been experiencing any post-concussion symptoms lately and is continuing to skate, which is a great sign for both Malkin and his fantasy owners. Of course, concussions, especially in hockey, are very much a gray area, so there really isn’t a set timetable for his return. However, the fact that he continues to skate is promising.
Mike Green, Washington Capitals: After previously missing three straight contests due to a groin injury, it appears the Capitals defenseman has aggravated the injury. Green didn’t practice on Friday, nor did he play during the team’s game on Saturday. If the nagging groin keeps Green sidelined for an extended period of time, it’ll be a huge blow to the Capitals and fantasy teams alike, as he is the catalyst for the team’s power play unit. The severity of the injury is still unknown so as always, stay posted.
Benoit Pouliot, Tampa Bay Lightning: Bad news here, as Pouliot left Saturday’s contest early after suffering an upper-body injury from a hit by Dennis Seidenberg along the boards. Pouliot did not return to action and was seen wearing an arm sling after the game, which could indicate a number of different injuries. Whether it’s his shoulder or elbow is unknown, but it certainly isn’t a good sign that he was in a sling.
Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues: McDonald’s knee appears to be feeling better. He participated in the team’s morning skate on Saturday and was “moving around well”, however he did not play in the Blues game later on. Injuries have decimated McDonald throughout his career, but he may be close to a return in 2013. This is good news for both McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko owners, as the rookie sniper has benefited from having a terrific playmaker in McDonald on the same line.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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