Let's check in on the latest news regarding NHL injuries...


Before the injury updates, thought it would be beneficial to go over the NHL IR rules. A player placed on IR is ineligible to play in NHL games for a period no less than seven days. A player placed on long-term IR is unavailable for 10 games and 24 calendar days. Just thought this information would help when you see a player has been placed on IR or LTIR. 


Check out the latest injury updates heading into the Christmas break.



Loui Eriksson (concussion) is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms.


Daniel Paille (concussion) is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion.

Dougie Hamilton (lower body) has been working out with strength and conditioning coach.

Adam McQuaid (lower body) might be held out through Christmas break.

Cody McCormick (upper body) is out four to six weeks.

Brett Bellemore (concussion) practiced on Friday in a regular jersey.

Dalton Prout (upper body) will miss two to three weeks.

Derek MacKenzie (lower body) is day-to-day and expects to be back in the line-up before Christmas.


James Wisniewski (upper body) might be back in the line-up Saturday.

Marian Gaborik (knee) is expected to play Saturday, according to Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards.

Nathan Horton (shoulder) is expected to debut after Christmas.

Jimmy Howard (knee) is hopeful he’ll return before the Winter Classic.

Gustav Nyquist (groin) is day-to-day.

Johan Franzen (concussion) is out until after Christmas, according to Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

Stephen Weiss (groin) is going to see a groin specialist and could need surgery. He is out indefinitely.

Justin Abdelkader (head) doesn’t have headaches any more and could return in the next couple of games.

Henrik Zetterberg (back) back skating with team and is expected to return to the line-up on December 28.

Darren Helm (shoulder) participated in Tuesday skate and could be ready either Thursday or on the weekend.

Dan DeKeyser (shoulder) took part in the Red Wings practice on Wednesday.

Jonathan Huberdeau (foot) is expected to be back in the line-up on Thursday.

Tim Thomas (groin) is traveling with the team, so consider him day-to-day.

George Parros (concussion) is dealing with his second concussion of this season.

Peter Harrold (foot) was placed on IR last week due to a foot fracture.

Adam Larsson (lower body) is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Bryce Salvador (foot) skated before practice on Monday and is taking longer to recover than New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer expected.

Ryane Clowe (concussion) said there is a possibility of him playing on Friday.

Casey Cizikas (face) has missed two straight games and is consider day-to-day.

Radek Martinek (back) was placed on IR last week due to back spasms.

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) has no update, not good.

Ryan Callahan (knee) is still not skating.

Marc Staal (concussion) did not participate in morning skate on Wednesday. New York Rangers team spokesman says there is “no update” on Staal.

Brayden Schenn (neck) was never tested for a concussion and will play Thursday.

Jayson Magna (lower body) is out six to eight weeks, according to Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.

Kris Letang (upper body) was placed on the IR on Monday and could return after Christmas.

Robert Scuderi (ankle) skated on his own on Monday and is seven to nine days away, according to coach Bylsma.

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) is day-to-day and has been ruled out to play Thursday.

Brooks Orpik (concussion) as of Friday, he partook in some light exercise on the ice and is still symptomatic.

Tanner Glass (hand) is three to five days away according to coach Bylsma.

Victor Hedman (lower body) will play Thursday night after missing six games.

Ryan Malone (ankle) was on the ice before morning skate on Thursday, doing some light skating and shooting.

Steven Stamkos (leg) was on the ice before morning skate with Malone on Thursday, doing some light skating and shooting.

Tom Pyatt (shoulder) is back after missing 10 weeks.

Trevor Smith (hand) is out two months.

Colton Orr (elbow) skated for the first time in two weeks.

Tyler Bozak (oblique) says he is healthy enough to return once he is eligible to come off IR, which is in 10 days. He is looking at a December 29th return date.

Michael Latta (lower body) was placed on IR on Tuesday due to a lower body injury.

Mikhail Grabovski (flu) is likely to play Thursday.

Brooks Laich (groin) has skated in the past four days and taking regular turns at practice.


Viktor Fasth (lower body) was sent home to rest, as he is not ready to play this weekend, according to Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Michael Cammalleri (flu) is questionable for Thursday.

Corey Crawford (lower body) is expected to be back on the ice in the next few days, according to Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) isn’t close to skating yet, according to coach Quenneville.

Ryan Wilson (back) needs more time to heal, according to Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy on Monday.

Vernon Fiddler (upper body) skated on Tuesday morning, getting closer but not there yet, according to Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff.

Aaron Rome (lower body) is doubtful for Thursday.

Willie Mitchell (upper body) skated on Wednesday, says his injury is not a concussion.

Colin Fraser (concussion) was back at practice on Thursday, should still be considered day-to-day.

Jonathan Quick (groin) won’t be rushed back, according to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, so expect him to be out another week or two.

Josh Harding (MS) was placed on IR to adjust his MS medication.

Mikael Granlund (concussion) is getting close as he is with the Minnesota Wild on their current road trip, however he will remain out for Thursday’s game.

Zbynek Michalek (lower body) is out indefinitely.

Shane Doan (illness) is not travelling with the Phoenix Coyotes on their current four game road trip as he is still dealing with this mysterious illness.

Lauri Korpikoski (upper body) is close to a return as he is travelling with the Coyotes.

Scott Hannan (upper body) is doubtful for Thursday.

David Backes (upper body) skated at morning skate on Thursday, remains day-to-day.

Vladimir Sobotka (upper body) will not play on Thursday.

Ryan Stanton (ankle) is expected to be out for weeks, according to Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella.

Jordan Schroeder (ankle) is still a long ways away, according to Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis.

Alex Burrows (mouth) and Alex Edler (knee) are both doing well in their recoveries, according to GM Gillis.

Matt Halischuk (upper body) was placed on IR, retroactive to December 14.

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