Injuries/Illnesses Around the NHL–April 12, 2021

Although today is trade deadline day and all eyes are on trade decisions (and by extension, the expansion draft coming up in July), as the playoff races tighten, who is out due to injury and illness becomes more and more important.

The Vancouver Canucks have been hit hard with a variant of COVID-19. As of today, 18 roster players are in the league’s protocol. However, the league has announced that the Canucks’ games will restart this Friday, April 16th. In addition, the Canadian (North) division will not complete its games until May 16th.

There are tight races for the last playoff spot in every division, so injuries and illnesses have become even more critical as the teams come down to the final 15 to 20 games. Here is the current list of who is out of each team’s lineup and the reason (if disclosed) as of this morning. The time given until return is from today’s date.

Today’s List

The way this is set up is by team, with the player’s name; the nature of the injury; whether he is on the IR or LTIR or just “out”; the nature of the injury; and when he is expected to return.

Ryan Kesler–LTIR–hip injuries–unlikely return (one more year on contract); Carter Rowney–LTIR–knee injury–unknown; Hampus Lindholm–LTIR–broken wrist–6 weeks; Sonny Milano–IR–concussion–unknown;  Sam Steel–IR–lower body injury-day-to-day; Isac Lundestrom–out–appendicitis–unknown

Marian Hossa–LTIR–skin disorder–not returning;  Darcy Kuemper-IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Antti Raanta–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; Niklas Hjalmarsson–IR–upper body injury–unknown; Christian Fischer–out–head injury–day-to-day; Jordan Oesterle–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Ondrej Kase–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; John Moore–IR–hip surgery–through end of season; Jaroslav Halak–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jarred Tinordi–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Tuukka Rask–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Brandon Carlo--IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Charlie McAvoy–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Trent Frederic–out-illness–day-to-day; Matt Grzelcyk–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Zemgus Girgensons–LTIR–hamstring surgery–out for the season; Jake McCabe–IR–knee injury–out for season; Will Borgen–IR–broken arm–2 to 4 weeks; Jack Eichel–IR–upper body injury–undetermined; Carter Hutton–out–undisclosed–week-to-week


Brock McGinn–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Jake Gardiner–out–back issues–day-to-day; Teuvo Teravainen–IR–concussion–day-to-day

Jonathan Toews–LTIR–medical condition–unknown; Alex Nylander–LTIR–knee surgery–2 to 3 months; Zack Smith–LTIR–back injury–unknown; Brent Seabrook–LTIR–shoulder/hip/back issues–will not return; Andrew Shaw–LTIR–concussion protocol–day-to-day; Adam Gaudette–out–COVID protocol–unknown

Pavel Francouz–LTIR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Erik Johnson–LTIR–upper body injury–week-to-week;  Matt Calvert–IR–undisclosed–week-to-week; Conor Timmins–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Bowen Byram–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Logan O’Connor–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week

Brandon Dubinsky–LTIR–wrist–will not return; Gustav Nyquist–IR–shoulder surgery–1 to 2 months; Emil Bemstrom–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; Riley Nash–IR–knee injury–4 to 6 weeks; Boone Jenner–out–broken finger–out for rest of season; Zach Werenski–IR–sports hernia–our for rest of season

Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–week-to-week; Stephen Johns–LTIR–post-concussion issues–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–week-to-week; Alexander Radulov–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; Joel Kiviranta–IR–foot injury–week-to-week; Thomas Harley–out-lower body injury–day-to-day; Andrei Sekera–out–lower body injury–day-to-day

Jared McIsaac–IR–shoulder surgery–week-to-week;  Tyler Bertuzzi–IR–back injury–week-to-week; Bobby Ryan–IR–upper body injury–out for rest of season; Patrik Nemeth–IR–undisclosed–day-to-day; Robby Fabbri–IR–upper body–day-to-day

Oscar Klefbaum–LTIR–shoulder surgery–out for season; Slater Koekkoek–LTIR–broken collarbone–out for season; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Aaron Ekblad–IR–leg injury–12 weeks; Anthony Duclair–IR–shoulder injury–day-to-day; Brandon Montour–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day

Los Angeles
Martin Frk–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Matt Roy–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Tobias Bjornfoot–out–upper body injury–unknown

Kevin Fiala–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Nick Bjugstad–out–upper body injury–unknown


Ben Chiarot–IR–hand surgery–2 to 4 weeks; Brendan Gallagher–LTIR–broken thumb–6 weeks; Joel Armia–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Carey Price–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Connor Ingram–out–player assistance program–unknown; Luca Sbisa–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Brad Richardson–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Matt Duchene–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Ryan Ellis–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Filip Forsberg–out–upper body injury–week-to-week; Mark Borowiecki–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Alexandre Carrier–out–lower body injury–3 to 5 weeks; Dante Fabbro–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

New Jersey
Nico Hischier–IR–facial surgery–day-to-day; Nathan Bastian–knee injury–week to week

NY Islanders
Johnny Boychuk–LTIR–eye injury–not expected to return; Anders Lee–LTIR–knee surgery–rest of the season; Michael Dal Colle–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Ross Johnson–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

NY Rangers
Jack Johnson–IR–sports hernia–out for rest of season

Derek Stepan–IR–shoulder surgery–out for rest of season; Michael Haley–out–groin injury–out for rest of season; Joey Daccord--IR–high ankle sprain–month-to-month; Austin Watson--IR–hand injury–4 to 6 weeks; Jacob Bernard-Docker–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Shane Pinto–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Colin White–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day

Kirill Ustimenko–IR–hip surgery–2 to 3 months; Morgan Frost–IR–shoulder surgery–week-to-week; Robert Hagg–IR–shoulder injury–day-to-day

Mark Friedman–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Evgeny Malkin–LTIR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Teddy Blueger–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Kasperi Kapanen–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Brandon Tanev–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week

San Jose
Matt Nieto–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Marc-Edouard Vlasic–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

St. Louis
Carl Gunnarsson–LTIR–knee injury–out for season; Alexander Steen–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Scott Perunovich–out–shoulder surgery—out for the season; Oskar Sundqvist–LTIR–ACL–out for season; MacKenzie MacEachern–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week

Tampa Bay
Nikita Kucherov–LTIR–hip surgery–out for regular season; Marian Gaborik–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Anders Nilsson–LTIR–post-concussion syndrome–indefinite; Erik Cernak–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Jan Rutta–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day

Frederik Andersen–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Rasmus Sandin–out–foot injury–day-to-day; William Nylander–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Curtis Lazar–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week


Michael Ferland–LTIR–concussion–indefinite; Elias Pettersson–LTIR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Tanner Pearson–IR–ankle injury–4 weeks; Justin Bailey–LTIR–shoulder surgery–out for rest of season; Brandon Sutter–out–undisclosed–day-to-day; Jay Beagle–LTIR–undisclosed–unknown; Travis Boyd–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jalen Chatfiield–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Thatcher Demko–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Alex Edler–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Travis Hamonic–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jayce Hawryluk–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Nils Hoglander–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Braden Holtby–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Bo Horvat–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Quinn Hughes–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Zack McEwen–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Marc Michaelis–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Taylor Motte–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Tyler Myers–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Antoine Roussel–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Brandon Sutter–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jake Virtanen–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Nate Schmidt–out–COVID protocol–unknown

Zach Whitecloud–out–undisclosed–day-to-day; Alec Martinez–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Beck Malenstyn–LTIR–achilles tendon surgery–4 to 6 months; Michal Kempny–LTIR–achilles tendon surgery–week-to-week; Henrik Lundqvist–LTIR–heart surgery–indefinite

Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–out for season; Nathan Beaulieu–IR–shoulder surgery–out of rest of season; Blak Wheeler–out–head injury–indefinite

About the Author

Leslie Treff

Leslie Treff is a contributor for NY Sports Day, covering NY NHL teams. She has been covering the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils for more than 15 seasons. Leslie is a recognized expert in hockey prospects and has served as a scout for several independent agencies. A member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, in her former life, Leslie was an attorney in the judiciary in New York City.

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