Injury Updates: Jason Spezza, Gabriel Landeskog, Nikolai Khabibulin

The injuries continue to pile up around the league with some more serious than others. Here’s the latest from Ottawa, Colorado and Edmonton.

Senators forward Jason Spezza will be out of the lineup Tuesday when the Sens host the Washington Capitals.  According to Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes, Spezza is out with an upper-body injury but it doesn’t sound too serious.

Head coach Paul McLean told Mendes that Spezza’s injury shouldn’t be cause for concern with Senators fans.

“MacLean says that Spezza will not play tonight. He will be further evaluated, but sounds like he’s day-to-day.”

The Edmonton Oilers could have veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin back in the near future according to the Edmonton Sun.  Khabibulin has been recovering from hip surgery that followed the injury last spring.  His timetable for his first start is not yet known but the Russian native feels strongly that he’ll be ready to go sooner rather than later.

“I feel pretty good in practice now, I guess whenever there’s a chance to start again, I’ll probably be able to do that.”

Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche were without their captain Gabriel Landeskog during last night’s defeat to the Oilers and the news this morning is much better than anticipated.

Landeskog was sidelined with head and leg injuries after being the victim of a Brad Stuart, open-ice hit on the weekend.  It was originally thought that the captain was out indefinitely, but according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Landeskog’s condition could be day-to-day.  Should this hold true, the Avalanche could have Landeskog back within the next week or so.

The club is not ruling out a concussion but they aren’t calling the injury one either.

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Tags: Colorado Avalanche Edmonton Oilers Gabriel Landeskog Jason Spezza Nikolai Khabibulin Ottawa Senators

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