UPDATED 3/2/2021 7:00 PM ET

Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Injury Report. The injury report is going to keep you up to date on all the important injuries going on around the league, and how that might affect your fantasy hockey team. Make sure to check back regularly for any updates. Let’s take a look at some players that are either ruled out, or that we need to monitor.

 

NAME POS. TEAM INJURY EXP. RETURN DATE ANALYSIS
Darcy Kuemper G ARI LOWER-BODY DAY-TO-DAY Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemepr has missed the team’s last two games, but there is a chance that he returns to the lineup at some point this week. He was at practice Monday, but only in a limited fashion. Ideally, he returns to the lineup for Wednesday’s game against LA, but we will only know closer to game time.
Cale Makar D COL UPPER-BODY DAY-TO-DAY Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar has returned to Dever for treatment and will miss the remainder of the road trip. He’s already missed two games due to his upper-body injury, but we now know that he won’t be in the lineup for their next against San Jose. He could return over the weekend, but that is a long shot at this point. Right now, just stash him on your bench and wait for more information as the week moves on.
Dylan Larkin C DET UPPER-BODY DAY-TO-DAY Teuvo Teravainen will miss his second game due to an upper-body injury and there is no timetable for his return. Every suspects that the Hurricane forward is dealing with a concussion, but head coach Rob Brind’Amour wouldn’t confirm that news, saying only that Teuvo “didn't feel right.” Fantasy owners will want to stash him on IR for the next few games while we wait for more news to come out.
Anthony Duclair RW FLA LOWER-BODY ONE WEEK Florida winger Anthony Duclair is expected to be out of the lineup for at least a week with a lower-body injury. He was placed on IR by the team, so you can stash him on your IR and look for a short-term replacement on the waiver wire. Duclair has ten points in 19-games this season.
Josh Anderson RW MTL LOWER-BODY DAY-TO-DAY Canadiens forward Josh Anderson is expected to miss his third game in a row as he continues to deal with a lower-body injury. He did skate by himself on Tuesday before practice, but didn’t take part in the team’s full practice. The injury is deemed to be nothing too serious, so maybe he makes a return to the lineup on Thursday? We should find out more as the week moves on.
Sidney Crosby C PIT COVID-19 WEEK-TO-WEEK Sidney Crosby was added to the COVID-19 protocol list on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least three games. The Penguins captain has been having himself a pretty good season, and when he returns to the lineup, should regain his spot on the top line. Evgeni Malkin has traditionally played a lot better when Crosby has been out of the lineup, so let’s see if that’s the case this time too.
Tomas Hertl C SJS COVID-19 TWO WEEKS Sticking with COVID-19, Tomas Hertl has also found himself on the list, and head coach Bob Bougher expected him to be unavailable for the full 14 days. That isn’t good news for fantasy owners, but at least we have a firm timetable to deal with, so we can start looking for a replacement on the waiver wire. Hertl has 11-points and 33 shots on goal this season.
Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL SHOULDER DAY-TO-DAY It looks like we might see Vladimir Tarasenko make his season debut at some point in the next week. The Russian winger had shoulder surgery back in September, and was only reevaluated in January. He’s been seen at practice of late, and is progressing well according to the team. We don’t know what to expect from Tarasenko, but if he is on the waiver wire, now would be a good time to add him.
Auston Matthews C TOR HAND DAY-TO-DAY Leafs centerman Auston Matthews has missed the last two games due to a hand injury, and there is no timetable for his return. The team is calling him day-to-day, but hand injuries are tricky, and if it doesn’t get better soon, the team may be forced to place him on IR. You can’t replace a player like Matthews on your fantasy team, so let’s hope he can return for their next game against Edmonton.
Evgeni Kuznetsov C WSH UPPER-BODY DAY-TO-DAY Capitals forward Evgeni Kuznetsov has missed the team’s last two games due to an upper-body injury, and we don’t know if he will be ready for their next game against Boston. Head coach Peter Laviolette did say that we should get more information Wednesday morning, so the news should be good seeing as Kuznetsov was spotted at practice. It’s been a difficult season for the Russian centerman only has six points in 11 games this season.
Ryan Ellis D NSH UPPER-BODY FOUR-TO-SIX WEEKS The Predators are down three regulars, including Ryan Ellis, who is expected to be out of the lineup for four-to-six weeks due to an upper-body injury. Nashville needs all the help they can get, and Ellis being out of the lineup long term isn’t going to help. If you can stash him on IR, do so, but if you can’t, you might be forced to drop him and look for a replacement on the waiver wire.
Ryan Johansen C NSH COVID-19 WEEK-TO-WEEK Speaking of players you can consider dropping, Ryan Johansen is out of the lineup after being added to the COVID-19 protocol list. The veteran forward only has five assists this season, and was seeing time on the third line with Nick Cousins and Viktor Ardivsson. Johansen has been terrible all season, and if he isn’t going to play on a line with Filip Forsberg, why bother keeping him on your team. He doesn’t score goals, rack up shots, or hit, so no point holding onto him when you can easily find a replacement on the waiver wire. Dropping him from your team will be the easiest decision you make all week.