Before we get to the injury report, I wanted to express my congratulations to the New York Giants on their hard-earned victory over the New England Patriots. I was expecting it to be a close but fun game to watch and I was certainly not disappointed. Now we can finally focus on some playoff races in hockey and spring training around the corner! Not much fantasy hockey injury news to report thankfully since the All-Star Break took a couple of days off the week.
Jimmy Howard, Red Wings - This one stings since everyone was benefiting of his All-Star season only to be without him for at least a month due a broken finger he suffered on Friday. He's going to try to aim for before the 4 to 6 week time frame he's slated to return. In the mean time, don't be surprised if Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald split time. Frankly, I am not sure if either is worth a pickup unless you're in a deeper league.
Jose Theodore, Panthers - He's dealing with a nagging knee injury he suffered sometime ago and even the All-Star layoff hasn't help things. I can't help but be concerned that this might get worse before it even gets better unless he gets put on the IR list. In the meantime, he is considered day-to-day. Owners in daily transaction leagues need to pickup Scott Clemmensen until Theodore gets better.
Brenden Morrow, Stars - He suffered from neck and other issues before the All-Star Break and was activated after the All-Star game. Sadly, he only lasted two games before the neck issues returned and he was placed on the IR list. He could come back by the end of the week but I would imagine the Stars would be more cautious on activating Morrow until he's 100% over his neck injury.
Thomas Vanek, Sabres - He suffered a shoulder injury on Wednesday and it seems like it's not a big deal at this time. They're anticipating his return by the end of the week but keep your ear out if the pain doesn't go away like it should be.
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