Week 4 NHL Key Injury Report
It’s time to take a look at the league-wide injury report as the NHL heads into its second month of the season.
Jakob Silfverberg, LW, Ducks – Silfverberg (hand) retuned from a two-week absence to play in a pair of games at the end of October. He did not find the box score but has three goals and four assists on the season.
Torey Krug, D, Bruins – Boston activated Krug (ankle) from injured reserve to make his season debut on Tuesday. He contributed an assist during a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
J.T. Compher, LW, Avalanche – Compher (three goals, one assist in five contests) has now missed more than two weeks with a concussion. He is not on a current two-game trip through Canada.
Alexander Radulov, RW, Stars – Radulov (lower body) was a game-time decision on Tuesday and he ended up returning from a two-week layoff. He scored his fifth goal of the season for his 11th point in seven games.
Thomas Vanek, LW, Red Wings – Detroit will be without Vanek for at least two weeks after he suffered a lower-body injury. The 34-year-old has two goals and three assists through 12 outings.
Jonathan Quick, G, Kings – The 2018-19 campaign has been a disaster so far for Los Angeles (3-7-1) and for Quick (0-3-1, 4.55 GAA, .845 SVP). He is currently day-to-day with a lower-body issue.
Shea Weber, D, Canadiens – Weber (knee) remains on injured reserve but he skated on Monday, so his 2018-19 debut may be on the horizon in November.
Pekka Rinne, G, Predators – A costly injury for Nashville has Rinne (3-1, 2.10 GAA, .929 SVP) on IR with an undisclosed issue. He practiced on Monday and was “feeling great.”
Cory Schneider, G, Devils – Schneider (hip) was called up from his rehab stint in the AHL last weekend and made his season debut on Tuesday, relieving starter Keith Kinkaid late in an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Robin Lehner, G, Islanders – The trend of injured goalies continues with Lehner (4-2-1, 2.45 GAA, .928 SVP), who sustained some kind of strain during Tuesday’s 6-3 defeat of Pittsburgh.
Kris Letang, D, Penguins – Pittsburgh really wants Letang (lower body) to return sooner rather than later. He has four goals and seven assists in nine games but missed Tuesday’s contest and is day-to-day.
Joe Thornton, C, Sharks – San Jose activated Thornton from the IR this past weekend after he missed three weeks with a knee injury. The 39-year-old contributed 36 points in just 47 contests last season.
Tomas Hertl, C, Sharks – The Sharks are tied atop the Pacific Division with 15 points as of Wednesday evening and they have two of their top centers back. Hertl (undisclosed) left last Friday’s game early but has one goal and two assists in two outings since.
Jake Allen, G, Blues – Allen (3-2-3, 3.99 GAA, .874 SVP) left last Saturday’s 7-3 rout of Chicago with an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
Ondrej Palat, LW, Lightning – Palat, who has no goals but boast five assists in nine contests, missed Tuesday’s game due to a lower-body problem. However, he appears to be a game-time decision for Thursday.
Auston Matthews, C, Maple Leafs – This is the big one. Toronto, which is 8-4 as of Wednesday afternoon, will be without its star center for at least four weeks because of a shoulder problem. At least Matthews has avoided surgery.
Brandon Sutter, C, Canucks – Sutter (three goals, one assist in 13 games) sustained a separated shoulder on Monday and will be sidelined for at least four weeks.
Max Pacioretty, LW, Golden Knights – In his first season with the defending Western Conference champions, Pacioretty (two goals in 10 games) will miss at least another game on Thursday with an upper-body issue.
Brooks Orpik, D, Capitals – Orpik (one goal, one assist in 10 games) is day-to-day with a lower-body injury for the defending Stanley Cup champions.