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!
Fantasy Hockey NHL Injury Report
Frederik Andersen - Carolina Hurricanes - illness
The Carolina Hurricanes announced that goalie Frederik Andersen would be out of the lineup for an extended period due to a blood clot. This is terrible news for the Hurricanes and just as bad for fantasy owners. We knew that the veteran netminder was injury-prone, but this, there’s nothing he could have done. We hope that he can make a speedy recovery, but it’s unlikely we see him back in the lineup before the New Year.
Jack Hughes - New Jersey Devils - Shoulder
Jack Hughes has missed the last two games due to a shoulder injury and is currently listed as week-to-week. This is terrible news for the Devils who are already without captain Nico Hischier and there is no way to replace a player of that calibre. The week-to-week status is actually not that bad when you take into consideration just how serious shoulder injuries can be. We shouldn’t expect to see him play any games this week and we’ll wait for an update at some point next week.
Igor Shesterkin - New York Rangers - Lower-body
Igor Shesterkin has missed the last two games due to a lower-body injury and is currently listed as day-to-day. He’s going to miss his third game in a row and we don’t know how close he is to returning. He was on the ice Tuesday morning, but he’s clearly not healthy enough to even serve as the backup. He’s getting closer, so there’s a chance he plays over the weekend.
Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins - Eye
It has not been a good week for goalies. Tristan Jarry is day-to-day after taking a puck close to the eye against Anaheim when his helmet fell off. There is some swelling in the area, so it’s no surprise to see him be unable to dress. His scans came back negative, so there is some positive in this story. It’s unlikely we see him suit up for any games this week, so let’s hope he can return at some point next week.
Patrik Laine - Columbus Blue Jackets - Upper-body *UPDATE*
Patrik Laine has only played four games this season but he could be ready to make a return to the lineup shortly. The talented winger was spotted at practice on Wednesday, which is great because he’s at least skating, but that doesn’t mean he is going to play this week. It’s still a positive sign in his recovery, so his return should be around the corner. If he’s available on the waiver wire, now might be a good time to scoop him up.