The Infirmary Update

Welcome to a new feature that will run weekly until the end of the season to update you on the latest injuries to key players in the NHL in order to help you manage your fantasy hockey line-ups and get an update on your favorite team’s injury situation.

Even in the era of the interactive media like Twitter and Facebook, it can be hard to find accurate updates on the status of our favorite players as teams tend to err on the side of cautiousness when it comes to injuries. They often describe the injuries vaguely as an upper-body injury or a lower-body injury without giving much details on the extent and the length of the injury, especially when it comes to concussions.

Below you will find an extensive list of injured players, including the nature and the excepted length of the injury.

Anaheim Ducks

Jonas Hiller: left Sunday’s game after suffering a lower-body injury (leg) and is listed as day-to day.

Boston Bruins


Buffalo Sabres

Tyler Ennis: suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury last week and is still a few weeks from returning to action

Christian Ehrhoff: will miss the next few weeks with an upper-body injury following a fight with Troy Brouwer of the Capitals

Derek Roy: suffered an arm/shoulder injury last Friday versus the Hurricanes and is out for an extended period of time

Calgary Flames

Mark Giordano: suffered a hamstring (partially torn tendon) injury in the Nov. 29 game and is out indefinitely and hopes to start skating soon

Alex Tanguay: sustained an undisclosed upper-body injury on Dec. 20 and is currently out indefinitely

Carolina Hurricanes

Joni Pitkanen: is out due to a concussion and underwent a knee surgery that will sideline him four more weeks; he is out until at least mid-February

Jeff Skinner: is still out with a concussion he suffered in early December, but has resumed on-ice workouts with a non-contact jersey

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Sharp: left Sunday night’s game with an apparent upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day pending on more tests on Monday

Colorado Avalanche

Peter Mueller: is still recovering from post-concussion symptoms, but is practising with the team and is out indefinitely

Matt Duchene: sustained a left knee injury last week and is expected to be sidelined at least until early February

Columbus Blue Jackets

Jeff Carter: separated his shoulder during Sunday’s game and is out indefinitely

Kristian Huselius: is out until February with a groin injury

James Wisniewski: is out until late February with a fractured left ankle

Mark Letestu: is out four-to-six weeks with a broken right-hand sustained on Jan. 5

Dallas Stars

Sheldon Souray: is out with an ankle injury he sustained on Dec. 23 and is still at least one week away from returning into action

Detroit Red Wings


Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:  is out three-four weeks with a left shoulder injury he sustained on Jan. 2nd

Ryan Whitney: is dealing with an ankle injury that has not healed properly and is out indefinitely

Jordan Eberle: is out with a right-knee injury that he sustained on Jan. 7 against the Stars; is currently day-to-day

Tom Gilbert: is day-to-day with a knee injury that he suffered on Jan. 2nd, likely won’t play this week

Florida Panthers

Scottie Upshall: has been out since early November with an upper-body injury; while he has resumed skating, he won’t be back before the All-Star break

Jose Theodore: will miss the next two-weeks with a knee injury he sustained on Dec. 31 against the Canadiens

Los Angeles Kings

Simon Gagne: is out indefinitely with concussion symptoms and will most likely miss the remainder of the season

Dustin Penner: missed the Kings’ last contest on Saturday after injuring his back while eating pancakes; is currently day-today with back spasms

Minnesota Wild

Guillaume Latendresse: is out indefinitely with post-concussions symptoms and is far from a return

Pierre-Marc Bouchard: is day-to-day with a lower-body injury he sustained on Jan. 4; not practising with the team

Montreal Canadiens

Andrei Markov: underwent a second reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee last December and is out until the All-Star at the earliest

Scott Gomez: is currently day-to-day with a groin injury he suffered on Nov. 23 and is practising with the team on Monday; should be back into action later this week

Nashville Predators


New Jersey Devils

Andy Greene: is out with a non-displaced toe fracture suffered in early December that will sideline for another two weeks

Travis Zajac:  is currently day-to-day due to soreness to his Achilles tendon; he had underwent a surgery in the area in the off-season

New York Islanders

Rick Dipietro: suffered a setback last week recovering from his groin injury; is likely out for the remainder of the season and might retire this summer

Al Montoya: is out indefinitely after he suffered a concussion on Dec. 20 against the Jets

New York Rangers

Wojtek Wolski:  is ready to return from sports hernia surgery, but has been a healthy scratch for the red-hot Rangers for the last two games

Ottawa Senators


Philadelphia Flyers

Chris Pronger: will miss the remainder of the season with post-concussion symptoms and left knee surgery

Phoenix Coyotes

Martin Hanzal: has missed the last seven games with a face injury (stick to the face), but is nearing a return and could play this week

Jordan Staal Injured Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby:  is out indefinitely with post-concussions symptoms and the date of his return is unkown

Kris Letang: has skated for the first time last Saturday since the head injury he suffered on Nov. 27 against the Canadiens; is still out indefinitely

James Neal: will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken foot after blocking a shot last Saturday versus the Devils

Jordan Staal: will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a sprained left MCL

San Jose Sharks

Martin Havlat: had surgery on Dec. 21 to repair a partially torn left hamstring and is out at least eight weeks

St Louis Blues

Andy McDonald: is out with a concussion, but has passed his baseline test and skating with the team; is nearing a return

Alex Steen: is out indefinitely following a concussion he suffered on Dec. 27 against the Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning

Mattias Ohlund: has not played this season following arthroscopic surgery on both his knees; most likely out for the remainder of the season

Victor Hedman: is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms since Dec. 28 and has not resumed skating

Toronto Maple Leafs

John-Michael Liles: is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms since Dec. 28 and has not resumed skating

Tyler Bozak:  is out seven-to-ten days after he sustained a shoulder injury during practice Dec. 30

Vancouver Canucks

David Booth: is nearing a return following a right knee injury he sustained on Dec. 6 versus the Avalanche

Sami Salo: is out with a concussion and a shoulder injury he sustained against the Bruins last Saturday when Brad Marchand undercut him

Washington Capitals

Mike Green: left Saturday’s contest against the Sharks and is listed day-to-day with the tightening of his groin injury

Nicklas Backstrom: should be in the line-up tonight against the Kings after experiencing some headaches from an elbow to the chin from Rene Bourque on Jan. 3rd

Winnipeg Jets

Dustin Byfuglien: is listed day-to-day with a knee injury he suffered on Dec. 23 against the Penguins; not on the Jets’ current road trip


Don’t hesitate to request an injury update I didn’t list the player on which you need more information as I only listed the players who are fantasy-relevant.

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  • Fred Poulin

    Injury update***: Wild Pierre-Marc Bouchard doesn’t suffer from a lower-body injury, he suffers from post-concussion symptoms, out indefinitely.

  • Christopher Ralph

    Looks like Pens James Neal will play through injury!?! What an ice gladiator this guy is!

    • Fred Poulin

      It’s finally a bone bruise and not a broken foot. The team doctors screwed it up big time. Neal will try to play tonight.

  • Boboswego

    Colby Armstrong of the Leafs …Fred is he cleared to return to action?

    • Fred Poulin

      Bob, unfortunately for the Maple Leafs, Colby suffered a setback in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms on Jan. 6, so his return has been postponed and he is out indefinitely.

  • Anatoliy Metter

    Great job Fred, I really enjoyed the read. For the Isles, Marty Reasoner is out with a broken hand. Capuano believed it was a broken thumb, but it turns out that it’s his hand that was broken after blocking a shot.

    • Fred Poulin

      Thanks Anatoliy! Like I said in the post, I didn’t include players like Reasoner as he’s irrelevant in fantasy hockey leagues :)

      • Anatoliy Metter

        Haha. Tell me about his irrelevance, I had to drop him in my 20 man league that requires 4 starting centers and as I was dropping him I saw 0% owned and just sighed and shook my head in embarrassment (replaced with colin wilson). I just figured you might’ve wanted Reasoner in there for the team update portion, but I agree, he is basically a non-factor this season. Lastly, Newsday indicated that Montoya practiced with the team but won’t play on Tuesday.

        • Anatoliy Metter

          Expected to practice*, excuse the mistake.

  • rnpike

    Calgary Flames
    -D Mark Giordano (hamstring) is skating with the team and may return to the line-up this week.
    -D Scott Hannan (upper body) has been placed on the IR.
    -F Brendan Morrison (upper body) missed Saturday’s game against Minnesota and is day-to-day.
    -F David Moss (ankle) had surgery and is out indefinitely.
    -G Henrik Karlsson (MCL) is out indefinitely.
    -D Brett Carson (upper body) has been loaned to AHL Abbotsford on a conditioning stint.
    -D Derek Smith (ankle) is expected out 6-8 weeks.
    -F Alex Tanguay (upper body) is week-to-week.
    -F Matt Stajan (ankle) is out indefinitely.

    • Fred Poulin

      The Flames have been indeed ravaged by injuries which explains their inconsistency lately and up-and-down season.

  • Fred Poulin

    UPDATE***: Patrick Sharp will be out three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury

    • Boboswego

      Colby Armstrong of the Leafs …Fred is he cleared to return to action?