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!


Evan Rodrigues - Colorado Avalanche - Lower-body

Evan Rodrigues is expected to miss two-to-four weeks of action due to a lower-body injury. He injured himself in Wednesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after playing just under five minutes. Rodrigues isn’t tearing up the league, but he’s a key part of the Avalanche team, especially with how little depth they have right now. He should be back at some point in late December. 

Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers - Illness

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov was held out of Saturday’s game against St. Louis due to illness. It is COVID-19 related, but it is serious enough that he may not travel with the team on their West Coast trip. He could potentially join them later on, but  Florida will want to make sure that whatever Barkov has doesn’t spread to others. 

James Reimer - San Jose Sharks - Lower-Body

San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer is expected to miss at least one game due to a lower-body injury. He played on Friday but didn’t look great in that game and head coach David Quinn came out afterwards and said that his goalie wasn’t 100%. This could just be an extra day off for a veteran netminder that has seen a ton of action. 

Jordie Benn - Toronto Maple Leafs - Upper-Body

Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Jordie Benn is expected to miss a few weeks due to an upper-body injury. The veteran defenceman injured himself against the Devils earlier in the week and was later placed on IR. Benn had been counted on to step up in the absence of Morgan Reilly, T.J. Brodie and Jake Muzzin, but with this news, the Leafs will once again need someone to step up and eat some minutes. Benn isn’t a fantasy household name, but he was doing just enough to be relevant.

Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets - Abdomen

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers hasn’t played since October, but he could be back in the lineup in a few weeks. The talented winger underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to be back in the lineup in about six weeks. He was originally ruled out indefinitely, so this at least gives fantasy owners a timetable to work with. Let’s see if he can return to form in the new year and get back to scoring goals as the Jets hope to continue their push for the playoffs.


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