Injuries are piling up across the league and while some are more serious than others, the test will be on for which team’s can soldier on without star players and continue to win games that will help propel them into the playoffs. For others that cannot overcome the loss of key players, the urgency to trade and fill gaps in the lineup could be forced into action in the coming weeks.
With that, here’s the latest on just some of the injuries around the league.
The Winnipeg Jets don’t have a lot of reliable point producers and they just lost their biggest powerplay weapon in Dustin Byfuglien. The all-star blue liner sustained the mysterious injury during their recent three-game road trip that saw the club drop all three contests and the Jets refuse to divulge any information surrounding the injury.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the Jets have yet to disclose what it is that’s bothering Byfuglien and instead have him listed as day-to-day. The Jets have said that he will miss his third straight game on Tuesday when the team hosts divisional rival, the Florida Panthers. The team also won’t commit a time as to when Byfuglien might be eligible to return.
The news in Detroit isn’t as positive surrounding forward Darren Helm and his ailing back. The speedy forward isn’t recovering at the pace the Wings had hoped meaning he won’t be returning to the ice anytime soon, according to ESPN.com (insider access required).
Helm told mlive.com that he’s having a scan performed to ensure there is no structural damage anywhere in his back. Helm has played in just one game this season for the Wings after missing the entire training camp.
The Wings are set to have defenseman Ian White back in their lineup tonight when they host the Calgary Flames. White was recovering from a thigh injury according to ESPN.com.
News out of Buffalo doesn’t bode well for Ville Leino who has yet to suit up for the Sabres this season. Leino is battling a hip injury and after head coach Lindy Ruff originally dismissed the idea of having surgery, he’s now hinting that it could be an option for Leino, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
Surgery at this time of year with a condensed season would mean Leino would miss the entire 48-game season.