With a shortened season, everyone who knows the game of hockey was expecting there to be a rash of injuries, especially to start the season. Players didn’t have the luxury of easing into the high paced game with no exhibition and an abbreviated training camp. Now the team’s medical staffs are being kept extra busy and will be relied upon to ensure star players aren’t returning to early that could jeopardize the rest of this season, or perhaps a more long-term effect.
With that, here’s the latest injury news from around the league.
Ted Kuflan of the Detroit News finally reports some good news for the Detroit Red Wings as the club is expecting both Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi back for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. While Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl could also return, giving the Wings blue line a much needed shot in the arm. Lately the Wings have been decimated with injury to their back end that led to the signing of veteran Kent Huskins.
From the dessert, Mathew Lombardi left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return, courtesy of the official Twitter account of the Phoenix Coyotes. Like Weiss, it is not yet known how long Lombardi will be out.
Flyers forward Daniel Briere, who has yet to play a game this season, has a 50-50 chance of returning this weekend according to GM, Paul Holmgren. MyNHLtraderumors.com captured the quote from Holmgren.