This is a new segment each week reporting and updating injuries that happen to key skaters in everyone's lineup.
Nikolai Khabibulin - G - Oilers
Ok, so maybe not everyone owns the Bulin Wall considering how terrible he's been lately but he doesn't have a standard injury per se. He has an eye infection from an ice chip that went into his eye during practice. They put him in Injured Reserve so you should be able to place him in the IR slot if you have the room and go pick up Devin Dubnyk since he's been clearly out playing him (Ok, so it doesn't take much but still). He's slated to return in the next week.
More after the jump...
Mike Green - D - Capitals
I swear, can anything else happen to the guy? He returned on Friday but took a blow to the head in the first period and did not return. After dealing with being sick and a "possible concussion", look for the Caps to take every precaution to keep Green healthy for the foreseeable future which means bench him with the possibility of another IR run.
Ondrej Pavelec - G - Thrashers
We know he's injured and that it's not serious...and that's about it. The team is not disclosing why Pavelec left the game yet was available to play if something happened to Chris Mason. At this point, he's Day-To-Day but I can't really give any more advise without more news.
Dan Boyle - D - Sharks
He's been out for the past couple of games due to some undisclosed upper body injury but he was available to play of Friday and the Sharks do have a three day break before their next game so it wouldn't surprise me if he's available sometime next week if not the next game.
Ray Whitney - W - Coyotes
Whitney suffered a lower body injury last Saturday and has not skated much since. There are reports that he is improving and should be close to practicing soon so you'll have to just hang tight until he returns.
Eric Staal - C - Hurricanes
Staal owners can collectively let out a sigh of relief when Staal was ruled out of having a concussion after being crushed on Friday. The coach is "confident" that he'll be able to play for the next game on March 1 so you can pencil activate him when it comes time but keep an ear on the news if things turns sour.
Chris Pronger - D - Flyers
Pronger is under quite a bit of pain and swelling in his hand after blocking a shot with it on Thursday. They've ruled out that it's broken, which is good news but now it's just a matter of time. He should be out the next couple of games at least and keep an eye on the news after that on when he'll be ready to play.