Here is your NHL injury update for the 17th of November.
Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa was a last-minute scratch on Saturday night. It is now clear that he is suffering from a lower-body injury. He missed all of the preseason due to nerve issues in his back. He is listed as day-to-day. He has 9 goals and 15 points in 19 games.
Blackhawks’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin left the game Saturday against the Nashville Predators in the first period. After failing to recover after shots from Shea Weber and Patrick Hornqvist, he was aided to the locker room hunched over at the waist. He had been placed on IR.
New York Islanders’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov suffered a groin injury in the first period of the 5-4 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night. He was trying to stop Darren Helm when he pulled his groin, and let in the goal. Kevin Poulin backed him up and will take his place until he returns.
New York Rangers’ Rick Nash looks to return this week from a concussion suffered on October 8. He expects to be back either Tuesday against the Boston Bruins or Thursday against the Dallas Stars, at the latest. He has skated right straight days and has been cleared for contact.