The Latest News on NHL Injuries

For the latest news on NHL injuries by team, PuckPedia is your source. Stay up-to-date on your favorite NHL teams with information on player injuries and their status.

When a player is injured, his team can either retain him on their active roster, counting towards the 23-man active roster limit, or place him on the Injured Reserve List (IR).

Michal Kempny, Washington Capitals - Hamstring
Kempny is recovering from surgery on his left hamstring, but he is likely to be available for the season opener against the Blues.
probable - Prob Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-21 19:06:19
probable - Prob Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-21 19:06:19
Patrick Bajkov, Florida Panthers - Thumb
Cozens is recovering from thumb surgery, it is unknown if he will be ready for the season opener against the Penguins.
questionable - Ques Oct 3
Updated 2019-08-21 14:47:58
questionable - Ques Oct 3
Updated 2019-08-21 14:47:58
Andrew Ladd, New York Islanders - Knee
Ladd is on the mend from a torn ACL that ended his 2018-19 season, and there is no timetable for return.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-08-18 13:18:11
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-08-18 13:18:11
Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins - Knee
Miller is recovering from a fractured knee cap, and it is unclear if he will play in the season opener against the Stars.
questionable - Ques Oct. 3
Updated 2019-08-18 12:57:36
questionable - Ques Oct. 3
Updated 2019-08-18 12:57:36
Juuso Valimaki, Calgary Flames - Knee
Valimaki is recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee and is expected to miss at least six months.
out - Mid Feb
Updated 2019-08-12 13:38:09
out - Mid Feb
Updated 2019-08-12 13:38:09
Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues - Wrist
Thomas had offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his right wrist, and it is unclear if he will play Oct. 2 against the Capitals.
questionable - Ques Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:35
questionable - Ques Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:35
Radim Simek, San Jose Sharks - Knee
Simek is recuperating from surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus. It is unclear if he will be available to face the Golden Knights on Oct. 2.
questionable - Ques Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:20
questionable - Ques Oct 2
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:20
Cal Clutterbuck, New York Islanders - Back
Clutterbuck is recovering from back surgery, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup to face the Capitals on Oct. 4.
probable - Prob Oct 4
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:02
probable - Prob Oct 4
Updated 2019-08-07 06:00:02
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild - Knee
Koivu is recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee. It is likely that he will be ready for game action against the Predators on Oct. 3.
probable - Prob Oct 3
Updated 2019-08-07 05:59:41
probable - Prob Oct 3
Updated 2019-08-07 05:59:41
Ryan Callahan, Ottawa Senators - Back
Callahan is sidelined with a degenerative disc disease of his lumbar spine and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.
out - out for season
Updated 2019-07-30 13:25:05
out - out for season
Updated 2019-07-30 13:25:05
Patrick Bajkov, Florida Panthers - Thumb
Cozens is recovering from thumb surgery and is expected to miss two to three months of action.
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-06 08:22:54
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-06 08:22:54
Ian Cole, Colorado Avalanche - Hip
Cole is recovering from surgery to both hips and is not expected to return until sometime in December.
out - Mid Dec
Updated 2019-06-26 12:53:13
out - Mid Dec
Updated 2019-06-26 12:53:13
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche - Shoulder
Johnson is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery, and it is unclear if he will be available for the season opener versus the Flames.
questionable - Ques Oct 3
Updated 2019-06-25 11:11:50
questionable - Ques Oct 3
Updated 2019-06-25 11:11:50
Calvin de Haan, Chicago Blackhawks - Shoulder
de Haan underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined until the end of November.
out - Late Nov
Updated 2019-06-24 18:13:15
out - Late Nov
Updated 2019-06-24 18:13:15
Ryan Callahan, Ottawa Senators - Back
Callahan has been diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. He is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season while on the long-term injured reserve.
I-R - out for season
Updated 2019-06-21 12:40:13
I-R - out for season
Updated 2019-06-21 12:40:13
Stephen Johns, Dallas Stars - Head
Johns is recovering from post traumatic headaches that kept him out of the 2018-2019 season, and his availability for the 2019-2020 campaign is up in the air.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-06-18 08:00:23
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-06-18 08:00:23
Zach Bogosian, Buffalo Sabres - Hip
Bogosian is recovering from offseason hip surgery and is not expected to be ready until at least the end of October.
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:17:30
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:17:30
Travis Dermott, Toronto Maple Leafs - Shoulder
Dermott is healing from offseason shoulder surgery and is likely to be idle until at least the beginning of November.
out - Early Nov
Updated 2019-06-13 15:16:34
out - Early Nov
Updated 2019-06-13 15:16:34
Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs - Knee
Hyman is on the mend from a torn ACL and is expected to be out of action until at least the end of October.
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:15:21
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:15:21
Calvin de Haan, Chicago Blackhawks - Shoulder
de Haan underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined until the end of November.
out - Late Nov
Updated 2019-06-13 15:11:48
out - Late Nov
Updated 2019-06-13 15:11:48
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks - Hip
Kesler is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season after having offseason right hip surgery.
out - out for season
Updated 2019-06-13 15:10:51
out - out for season
Updated 2019-06-13 15:10:51
Chris Wagner, Boston Bruins - Forearm
Wagner is dealing with a right forearm injury and will not return against the Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
out - Out Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 16:47:50
out - Out Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 16:47:50
Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues - Wrist
Thomas will not suit up against the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final due to a wrist injury.
out - Out Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 13:13:52
out - Out Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 13:13:52
Ivan Barbashev, St. Louis Blues - Suspension
Barbashev has served his one game suspension for an illegal check to the head and is expected to be in the lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.
out - Elig Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 08:27:18
out - Elig Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 08:27:18
Matt Grzelcyk, Boston Bruins - Concussion
Grzelcyk has been cleared from concussion protocol and is available to lace up for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blues.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 07:51:55
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-06-12 07:51:55
Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues - Undisclosed
Steen is likely to suit up against the Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final despite missing practice for maintenance reasons.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-06-09 11:08:50
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-06-09 11:08:50
Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues - Wrist
Thomas has been sidelined with a wrist injury but is expected to return for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-06-09 10:08:32
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-06-09 10:08:32
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - Jaw
Chara sustained a broken jaw but is likely to draw back into the lineup against the Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-06-06 16:41:41
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-06-06 16:41:41
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - Mouth
Chara left Monday's game with a laceration to his mouth and it is unknown if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-06-03 18:31:04
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-06-03 18:31:04
Oskar Sundqvist, St. Louis Blues - Suspension
Sundqvist has been suspended one game for boarding an unsuspecting opponent. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.
out - Elig Mon
Updated 2019-06-03 10:40:41
out - Elig Mon
Updated 2019-06-03 10:40:41
Vince Dunn, St. Louis Blues - Jaw
Dunn is nursing a jaw injury but is expected to draw back into the lineup against the Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-06-03 09:38:02
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-06-03 09:38:02
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues - Undisclosed
Tarasenko exited Wednesday's game due to an unspecified injury and it is undetermined if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-29 18:30:57
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-29 18:30:57
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - Forearm
Chara is expected to suit up for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blues despite a laceration on his left forearm.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-05-29 07:21:09
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-05-29 07:21:09
David Krejci, Boston Bruins - Illness
Krejci is likely to participate in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final despite an illness.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-23 18:23:45
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-23 18:23:45
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins - Hand
Marchand is expected to play against the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final despite left hand soreness.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-23 16:14:52
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-23 16:14:52
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - Foot
Chara is nursing a right foot injury but it is not expected to impede his status for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final versus the Blues.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-22 10:19:59
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-05-22 10:19:59
Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins - Lower Body
Miller suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower-body injury and is unlikely to participate in the Stanley Cup Final.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-05-22 05:47:16
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-05-22 05:47:16
Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks - Groin
Karlsson is tending to a groin injury and it is uncertain if he will be available for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Blues.
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:15:32
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:15:32
Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars - Lower Body
Pavelski is nursing lower-body injury and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:15:04
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:15:04
Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks - Upper Body
Hertl is battling an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will face the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:14:39
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-05-21 17:14:39
Joonas Donskoi, Colorado Avalanche - Face
Donskoi was lifted from Sunday's game due to a facial injury and it is unknown if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-19 14:27:07
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-19 14:27:07
Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks - Groin
Karlsson aggravated a lingering groin injury during the last game but is expected to be available for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-19 10:46:05
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-19 10:46:05
Sammy Blais, St. Louis Blues - Undisclosed
Blais exited the previous game after blocking a shot but is expected to return in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-18 13:02:01
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-18 13:02:01
Jordan Martinook, Carolina Hurricanes - Lower Body
Martinook is dealing with a lower-body injury and it is unknown if he will return for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bruins.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-05-16 17:13:42
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-05-16 17:13:42
Sammy Blais, St. Louis Blues - Poss. Suspension
Blais is facing disciplinary action for a illegal hit to the head of an opponent. His status for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks is in question.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-05-15 20:13:01
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-05-15 20:13:01
Carl Gunnarsson, St. Louis Blues - Lower Body
Gunnarsson is battling a lower-body injury and it is uncertain if he will be available for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-05-15 17:12:35
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-05-15 17:12:35
Saku Maenalanen, Carolina Hurricanes - Hand
Maenalanen has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from surgery to repair a right hand injury. He is likely to return to action against the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-05-14 16:49:20
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-05-14 16:49:20
Noel Acciari, Florida Panthers - Upper Body
Acciari is dealing with an upper-body injury and will not face the Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
out - Out Tues
Updated 2019-05-14 11:12:53
out - Out Tues
Updated 2019-05-14 11:12:53
Jordan Martinook, Carolina Hurricanes - Lower Body
Martinook is expected to play against the Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals despite a lower-body injury.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-12 11:10:07
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-05-12 11:10:07
Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins - Suspension
McAvoy has served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head and is expected to return for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hurricanes.
probable - Elig Sun
Updated 2019-05-10 10:28:44
probable - Elig Sun
Updated 2019-05-10 10:28:44

Injured Reserve List (IR)

If a team opts to put their player on the Injured Reserve List, the following requirements must to be met:

  • First, a team may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if the said player has been injured, incapacitated, or ill and will not be able to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the team’s preliminary physical examination for that season.
  • Second, a player with an injury that prevents him from playing for at least seven days from the date the injury was incurred can be placed on the team’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the IR list, the team may replace said player on its NHL roster with a player from the minors.
  • Third, a player who has been placed on the Injured Reserve List will not be eligible to compete in NHL games for a period of no less than seven days.

Players on the Injured Reserve List may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team, and join their practice sessions.

Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)

If a player has an injury that will prevent him from playing for at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the NHL season, the team may place him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), which can be used to exceed the salary cap.

Once a player is put on LTIR, the player’s cap hit stays on the team’s cap payroll. The club will not be given additional cap-space savings to be saved for use in the future. However, LTIR offers relief in case the club's averaged salary, or payroll, starts to go over the upper limit. How much relief the club will get is computed based on the date the player is put on LTIR.

Three equations can be used to decide how much LTIR relief will be given. The first, or basic equation, is used during the season and the off-season, while the second is the training-camp equation, which is used on the last day of the off-season in order to prepare for the first day of the following season. The third equation is used if the player is already on LTIR.

Once a player is cleared to play again, the team activates the player.

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