Fantasy Hockey Injury Report: Week 15

 

Crosby has been taking some shots as of late.

Center

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins); Out a week, or more
Crosby took hits to the head in back to back games, leading to concussion like symptoms. Coach Dan Bylsma told press “He’s got to be symptom-free, but I would say (he’ll won’t play for) about a week,”  following Thursday’s loss in Montreal.  It’s looking as though Crosby may not return before the Pens travel to Boston on this upcoming Saturday, at the earliest. If so, that’s the only week 15 action he’ll see. Boston also gives up the least amount of fantasy ppg to the Center position, making Crosby virtually unplayable in week 15 .
Valtteri Filppula (Detroit Red Wings); DTD
Filppula missed his second straight game on Saturday with a groin injury.  You may want to sit him for week 15, as it’s not entirely clear when he’ll be back in action.  On the bright side, it does look as though he’ll avoid going on IR.

Nathan Horton (Boston Bruins); DTD
Horton was given a precautionary maintenance day off Sunday.  He’s considered 50-50 to go on Monday.  With the 50-50 tag, whatever is bothering Horton doesn’t look too serious but you may want to go ahead and sit him this week.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks); Returned to Action
Toews returned to the lineup early week 14 and looks to be healthy again.  He tallied a goal and two assists in 4 games.  Get him back into your fantasy hockey lineup.

Winger
 

Antti Miettinen (Minnesota Wild); DTD
Miettinen missed his fourth straight game on Sunday.  In addition to his leg injury, he also came down with the flu.  Being that he’s a borderline play anyways, it’s best to leave him on the bench for week 15. Perhaps even look for a replacement on the fantasy hockey waiver wire.

Evander Kane (Atlanta Thrashers); TBD
Kane was added to the injured reserve Sunday with a mid body injury.  It’s clear he won’t be seeing any week 15 action.  Get him on your bench immediately.

Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals); DTD
Semin was forced from Saturday’s game against the Panthers with what appeared to be a groin injury.  He only has 5 points in his last 14 games, so you may want to sit Semin until he’s fully recovered and proves he’s back to his early season form.

Steve Downie (Tampa Bay Lightning); Returned to Action
Downie returned to the lineup this week from an ankle injury but he’s still not looking like a strong  week 15 play.  In the four games since his return, Downie has just one assist and no goals on two shots.  Downie may also be facing discipline from the league following a nasty hit to the head, where he left his feet and led with an elbow, on Saturday night.  He’s been known for these types of antics in the past, so a suspension looks likely.

Defensemen

Michal Rozsival (New York Rangers); DTD
Rozsival sat it out against Dallas on Friday and again against St. Louis on Saturday.  If you own him it would be best to sit him for week 15 or check the waiver wire for a replacement.

Kevin Shattenkirk (Colorado Avalanche); DTD
Shattenkirk took a shot off his foot during Saturday’s game and is questionable for Monday’s contest against Detroit.  After a hot start, Shattenkirk has just one point (an assist on Saturday) in the past nine games.  He looks to be a shaky week 15 start at best.

Roman Hamrlik (Montreal Canadians); Returned to Action
Hamrlik missed Thursday’s game with a still undisclosed injury, however, he was back in the lineup against the Bruins Saturday night.  Deploy as you normally would for week 15.

Goalie

Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota Wild); DTD
What was thought to be a groin problem now looks to be more of a hip problem.  Backstrom will undergo an MRI this week and should not be anywhere near your starting lineup for the foreseeable future.

Cam Ward (Carolina Hurricanes); DTD
Ward has a lower body injury that doesn’t seem to be too serious and is not thought to be concurrent with his recent back problems.  ”I’m not concerned about it,” Maurice, Coach of the Panthers, said Sunday. “I think he can play today (Sunday). It’s my decision he’s not playing today. He says he feels good enough to.” So, it looks as though Ward should be good to go for week 15.

Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes); DTD
Bryzgalov has come down with the flu and missed Saturday’s game against Buffalo.  It’s 50-50 whether he’ll be good to go on Monday.

Brent Johnson (Pittsburgh Penguins); Returned to Action
Johnson made his first start since December 22nd this past week, coming back from a groin injury.  Though he played well, it’s still a backup roll for Johnson, as long as Fleury continues to be healthy.

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