Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Injury Report. Every week, we will discuss some key injuries around the league and how they may affect your fantasy hockey team.  It’s never easy to deal with the injury bug, but it doesn’t have to be the demise of your fantasy hockey team. Let’s take a look at who’s dealing with what this week!


NHL Injury Report - Week 10

John Gibson - Anaheim Ducks - Lower-body

Anaheim ducks goalie John Gibson left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and has been able to play since. The team hasn’t said what the injury is, but it’s likely that he’s dealing with a lower-body injury. The veteran netminder isn’t having that great of a season, so if he was on your fantasy hockey team, now is an even better time to just part ways with him. 


Dylan Larkin - Detroit Red Wings - Hand

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin is questionable to play Saturday against the Ottawa Senators as he continues to deal with a hand injury. He was spotted at practice on Friday, but he was wearing a non-contact jersey. The team may elect to give their superstar some extra time off to make sure he can return at 100%. Hand injuries are tough to deal with, especially for elite players who can shoot the puck. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to need an IR stint, but he has a better chance of returning at some point early next week.


Filip Hronek - Detroit Red Wings - Concussion

Already with Larkin, Detroit will now be without the services of Filip Hronek for at least the next few days due to a concussion. He was crushed by Minnesota forward Ryan Reaves and immediately left the game and did not return. The team is saying that he’s day-to-day, but concussions are tricky and everyone has a different timeline to return. His status for the next few games should be monitored until we get a specific timeframe as to when he can return to game action. 


Matthew Tkachuk - Florida Panthers - Illness

Whatever illness is in the Florida Panthers dressing room continues to wreak havoc on the players. Matthew Tkachuk missed Thursday’s game due to this illness and his status for the next few games is still up in the air. He could be dealing with the same issue that kept Aleksander Barkov out of the lineup for over a week, which would not be ideal. If he’s unable to play Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, he could return at some point early next week if all goes well.


Tim Stutzle - Ottawa Senators - Shoulder

Ottawa forward Tim Stutzle has been placed on IR and is expected to miss at least a week due to a shoulder injury. He left the game against Anaheim after playing only three minutes and did not return. He crashed hard into the board and was immediately seen holding his shoulder. The good news is, the injury doesn’t seem too serious, but we know that he’s out at least a week and it could be longer. If he can return to practice at some point by midweek, then he has a shot at returning for next weekend.


Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins - Knee

Penguins centerman Evgeni Malkin is listed as day-to-day as he deals with a knee injury. He suffered the injury in the game against Florida after teammate Sidney Crosby took a shot that hit Malkin in the knee. It ended up going in the net, but the Russian immediately left the game and did not return. We know that Malkin has had his fair share of injuries over the last few seasons, so it’s never a good sign to see him go down. The Penguins are in action on Sunday afternoon, so we’ll see if he’s able to suit up for that game.


Mikhail Sergachev - Tampa Bay Lightning - Upper-Body

Tampa Bay defenceman Mikhail Sergachev missed Thursday’s game due to an upper-body injury and his status for Saturday’s game against Montreal is still up in the air. He blocked a shot against Seattle that may have stung him a bit and head coach John Cooper just said that he was dealing with some soreness. We know that Sergachev is pretty good at blocking shots, so the team may have wanted to give their young defenseman a few days off to really heal and come back healthy. If he can’t go in Montreal, then we should start to ask more questions about how long he could be out, but for now, fantasy owners shouldn’t press the panic button.




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