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NHL Injury Roundup (3/13)

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Welcome to the time of year that most in the hockey community truly dread. It is the stretch run toward the playoffs as well as the start of some fantasy hockey playoffs. Injuries play havoc with so much. Thanks to The Fantasy Doctors, it is time for the NHL Injury Roundup. Let’s begin with the most serious maladies from the last week or so.

Injuries Of The Most Dire

Brock Boeser (VAN) — Boeser injured his back after a freak collision with an open bench door on March 5th. The video shows Boeser trying to initiate contact but then he went back and hip first into the door. He could not put much wait on his leg and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. It was then announced that he had suffered a transverse process fracture in the lower back area. As Dr. Mirnam noted, there was also soft tissue damage or bruising as well. Boeser was shut down for the season all but crippling any fantasy hockey impacts most Vancouver players could have.

Be Wary Of The Head

Kyle Okposo (BUF) — A tough year has become worse for the Buffalo winger. Okposo suffered a concussion last week and is being listed as day to day. There is currently no timetable and Okposo is out indefinitely. The best case is probably another 1-2 weeks. The worst case is that Okposo is shut down for the season. His fantasy impact was rising for a bit but started to plummet again before the malady. One has to wonder if Jack Eichel will be shut down eventually as well.

Phillip Danault (MTL) — Danault diagnosed with headaches is now day to day for Montreal as of Sunday. He had been suffering from headaches for several days. The forward was concussed against Boston from a Zdeno Chara hit. The problem is he played on Saturday then left. Something was clearly not right. He will be monitored over the next several days for setbacks. Danault had been on Montreal’s top six and now the likes of Jacob de la Rose are there instead.

The Flu Is Still Not Over

Nate Seeler (Minnesota) and Matt Calvert (Columbus) now have missed time with the flu. They are not the only ones in the last week. Calvert was a last minute scratch for Monday night’s game against Montreal. His fantasy value is not that high but depth is depth this time of year. Any little bit of production helps. Nikita Zaitsev of Toronto is also sick with the flu and may not be available until the weekend. It all depends on how fast he bounces back.

Let’s Evaluate It A Little More

Brad Marchand (BOS) — Injuries have hit Boston fast. Marchand has an upper body injury related to the collision with Anthony Duclair on Saturday. He was scratched at the last minute on Sunday afternoon and listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. A decision on his status may be made as soon as morning skate. Boston is down in North Carolina so at least getting this news will not be an issue.

Anthony Duclair (CHI) — Duclair injured his knee on Saturday against Boston as Brad Marchand tried to avoid him. The contact to his head was not the injury. It was the buckling of the knee as seen here. Watching a few angles of this video, it was easy to assume this was a more serious malady. Fortunately, a mild sprain is the diagnosis and Duclair should be back in 1-2 weeks.

Mark Stone (OTT) — Stone injured his leg against Calgary and the fear was immediately a bad knee injury. Earlier in the year, the forward had missed nine games. Fortunately, this has been deemed a shorter term malady. However, Stone will be held out on a week to week basis. The advice is to monitor his playing status. This road trip is out so check back next week for updates as Ottawa better evaluates his situation. For fantasy rosters, it is best to just stash him and not drop Stone just yet.

Hey It Just Happened on Monday

Tony DeAngelo (NYR) — DeAngelo suffered an ankle injury on Monday night against Carolina and did not return. It looks like the defenseman will miss significant time. He had to be helped off the ice. DeAngelo placed next to no weight on that leg. With the MRI scheduled for later today, news may be available by the afternoon or sometime on Wednesday. Either way, players like Neal Pionk and John Gilmour will still carry more fantasy hockey impact.

No! This Actually Happened! 

Jonathan Bernier (COL) — Bernier was hit in the head a few weeks ago. He returned on Saturday and had a solid performance against Arizona. This time, a puck hit the Colorado goalie in the head. Bernier was taken off the ice and is listed as day to day. Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in Minnesota tonight. Keep an eye to see if he returns later in the week or the weekend. Colorado expects to be overly cautious here given the proximity of the head injuries.

Chris Wassel is a multi-faceted writer spanning everything from prospects to the hockey beat. His first loves are fantasy hockey and yes, injuries. The two often go hand in hand when it comes to fantasy hockey success. He has been writing for almost 15 years now for everyone from The Sporting News to Dobberhockey.

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