2019 Fantasy Hockey Injury Report: April 3
Christopher Morais takes a look around the NHL and gives his take on the top injuries around the league.
Welcome to the Fantasy Hockey Injury Report. Congratulations to all the owners who are playing in the finals this week. It takes a lot of hustle, time and effort to get here, but it’ worth it. Today’s injury report will focus on last few days of the season, along with the NHL playoffs that are right around the corner. Thanks again to everyone for following along this season, it’s been fun!
Darcy Kuemper - Arizona coyotes - Goalie
Injury: head, day-to-day.
The Arizona Coyotes had a glorious chance to keep their playoff hopes alive, but they decided to lose to the Los Angeles Kings. Darcy Kuemper left last night’s game due to a head injury and did not return. Even if he is available to play Thursday, the Coyotes are basically dead and will not make the playoffs. If he isn’t ready to go, then he can be dropped.
Troy Terry - Anaheim Ducks - Winger
Injury: lower-body, out for season.
Ducks’ winger Troy Terry will miss the remainder of the season with a leg fracture. This team has been garbage since day one, but Terry was one of those young players who was having a decent season, collecting 13-points in 31 games. He was probably unowned in 10-12 team leagues, but in deeper leagues, he was a nice depth player. It’s a shame to see his season end like this, but the expectation is that he will be ready to go for training camp.
Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning - Defence
Injury: upper-body, out for season.
There is a lot of talk that Victor Hedman suffered a concussion late last week, but the team is calling this an “upper-body injury.” The team will play it safe with their talented defenceman and sit him for the remainder of the season, but will he be ready for the start of the playoffs? Tampa Bay will keep their lips real tight on this, so we won’t know until game one of the playoffs. If you are playing playoff fantasy hockey, it might be best to do some extra research to see if he will be ready.
Ben Bishop - Dallas Stars - Goalie
Injury: lower-body, day-to-day.
The Dallas Stars locked up a playoff position last night with their win against the Flyers, but we still have no idea when starting goalie Ben Bishop will be ready to return to action. The team may want to get Bishop one start before the playoffs starts, but they may want to play it safe and give him the extra rest. There is a chance that he does return this week, but fantasy owners probably dropped him last week. It’s likely that he comes back healthy for the start of the playoffs, but again, nothing's carved in stone. Keep a lookout for more information this week.
Kris Letang - Pittsburgh Penguins - Defence
Injury: upper-body, day-to-day.
We talked about Letang last week, but we still have no idea when the veteran defenceman will be ready to return to action. He skipped morning skate on Tuesday and head coach Mike Sullivan didn’t offer any update on when Letang could make a return. The 31-year-old has a history with injuries, so if you are playing in a playoff fantasy hockey league, it would be best to just avoid Letang altogether. He isn’t a safe bet to return before the playoffs start, and who knows if he will stay healthy once they start! He’s a talented defenceman, but his injury history has me very worried.