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NHL Injuries: van Riemsdyk, Pesce, Kreider, More

Thursday was an interesting day in the NHL for injury news as a number of teams were given bad news on their respective players.

There were a number of injuries to report on Thursday as teams in the NHL got some bad news when it came to some of their players:

Flyers Lose van Riemsdyk

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that James van Riemsdyk will miss four to six weeks with the hand injury, effectively ending his regular season.

The forward blocked a shot from Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and was forced to leave the game. The Flyers have recalled Joel Farabee from the minor leagues.

Brett Pesce Done For Season

The Carolina Hurricanes keep getting bad news. Already missing two NHL goalies (Petr Mrazek and James Reimer) and their top defenseman in Dougie Hamilton, blueliner Brett Pesce is also out long-term. In fact, Pesce has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs following shoulder surgery. His recovery timeline has been set at four to six months, though he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Sara Civian of The Athletic also reports that Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour does not expect defenseman Sami Vatanen back any time soon after suffering a setback today.

Canadiens Lose Tatar

Tomas Tatar is out for the Montreal Canadiens., He will fly back to Montreal for further evaluation after suffering an upper-body injury earlier this week. The team’s leading scorer, the Canadiens losing him for any length of time will be devastating.

They were already a long-shot to make the postseason, needing to win about 11 or 12 of their last 14 games.

Eric Staal Granted a Leave From Wild

Not an injury, but Eric Staal will not got on the road with the Minnesota Wild as the center has left the team for the time being after a death in his family. The Wild begin a three-game west coast road trip tonight.

Chris Kreider’s Ankle Injury Update

Chris Kreider’s fractured ankle is worse than feared and will keep him out of action for the next four-to-six weeks. This could be it for his season considering the Rangers are anything but a shoe-in for the playoffs.

General manager Jeff Gorton told NHL Network at the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, today. “You’re looking at 4-6 weeks as probably realistic… I know that Chris is looking at it as is he going to be back sooner. If you see what kind of condition he is, his work ethic, it’s hard to bet against him. So hopefully sooner than that and we’ll take one game at a time without him.”

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