The Infirmary Update

Welcome to week 2 of my 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

Dan Ellis: is out at least four more weeks with a strained groin

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

Andrej Sekera: suffered an upper-body injury Dec. 28, but could return as soon as tonight vs Detroit

Calgary Flames

Brendan Morrison: suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury on Jan.6 and is listed as day-to-day

Alex Tanguay: sustained an undisclosed upper-body injury on Dec. 20, is currently out indefinitely and has been placed on the IR

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

Chad LaRose: sustained an upper-body injury during practice on Jan. 10 and is listed as day-to-day

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Sharpleft 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

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

Columbus Blue Jackets

RJ Umberger: is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms after receiving an elbow to the head by Anaheim’s Jean-Francois Jacques

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 Letestuis out four-to-six weeks with a broken right-hand sustained on Jan. 5

Dallas Stars

Ribeiro will be out until the All-Star game with a tear in his knee (Photo by Wendy Bullard).

Mike Ribeiro: suffered a slight MCL tear in his knee on Jan. 7 and is out until after the All-Star game

Jamie Benn: had an appendectomy on Sunday and is out seven to ten days recovering from the minor surgery

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: had an MRI that revealed an ankle sprain and will be out another month for the Oilers

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; started skating last week and should be back soon

Los Angeles Kings

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

Minnesota Wild

Mikko Koivu: is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he sustained on Jan. 14 vs the Blues

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

Pierre-Marc Bouchard: is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms; his second concussion in three years

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

Brian Gionta: is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a tear in his right biceps muscle on Jan. 11

Nashville Predators


New Jersey Devils

Adam Henrique: missed Saturday’s contest with a slight pulled groin and is day-to-day; should be back into the line-up Tuesday

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 out two weeks with a sore Achilles tendon; he had underwent a surgery in the area in the off-season

New York Islanders

Rick Dipietrosuffered 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: has resumed on-ice workouts and is nearing a return into action after he suffered a concussion on Dec. 20 against the Jets

New York Rangers

Brandon Dubinsky:  is day-to-day after he suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 10 vs the Coyotes

Ottawa Senators


Philadelphia Flyers

James van Riemsdyk: is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms; was hit in the head in each of our last two games he played

Chris Prongerwill miss the remainder of the season with post-concussion symptoms and left knee surgery

Phoenix Coyotes

David Schlemko: is out six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his right foot last Thursday

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

Pittsburgh Penguins

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

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

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; but could play next week

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

Colby Armstrong: is out indefinitely with a concussion and a broken toe

Vancouver Canucks

Andrew Ebbett: is out for the remainder of the season because of a broken collarbone

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: has been placed on the long-term injury reserve after re-aggravating his groin injury and is out until at least February

Nicklas Backstrom: has been placed on the injured reserve and should be back after the All-Star game even is the team considers him day-to-day

Winnipeg Jets

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

Blake Wheeler: is listed as day-to-day after receiving a puck to the throat vs the Devils on Saturday; will likely make a return to the line-up this week

Players who came back into action last week:

Jonas Hiller (ANA), Derek Roy (BUF), Mark Giordano (CGY), Jeff Skinner (CAR), Peter Mueller (COL),  Dustin Penner (LAK), Scott Gomez (MTL), Wojtek Wolski (NYR), James Neal (PIT), David Booth (VAN)


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.