The Islanders activated Nabokov (groin) off IR on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Nabokov will dress Thursday against the Coyotes, but will serve as the backup goaltender to Kevin Poulin. It's just a matter of getting some more reps in practice now before Nabokov retakes the role of starter for the Islanders.
12/12/13 - 11:47AM ETTim Thomas
: Leaves Practice With Injury
Thomas left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Interim coach Pete Horachek said he had no information regarding the extent of Thomas' injury, clouding his status for Friday's game until further notice. Thomas, 39, has missed time with lower-body injuries on two occasions this season and might be due for another rest soon in any case after starting 15 of the past 16 games for Florida.
Semin (concussion) will be activated from injured reserve and will play Thursday vs. the Flames.
The concussion forced the winger to miss 12 games, but he's seemingly ready to go after gradually increasing his activity over the last week. He'll likely be assigned to duty on the Jordan Staal-centered second line in his return to the ice Thursday.
Howard will undergo an MRI on his injured knee Friday morning, MLive.com reports.
Howard injured his knee at the end of Wednesday's practice, and although he does not think it is serious, he has already been ruled out for Thursday's game, and he did hint that he could be out a week or two. Expect an update on Howard's status when the results of his MRI become available. Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in his place Thursday night.
12/12/13 - 9:34AM ETCody Hodgson
: (Lower Body) Out Thursday
Hodgson will not play in Thursday's game against the Senators due to a lower-body injury, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
The nature of Hodgson's injury is unclear, but it will prevent him from suiting up Thursday night, and it remains to be seen if it will cost him any time moving forward. Ville Leino will replace Hodgson in the Sabres' lineup.
12/12/13 - 7:52AM ETTuukka Rask
: (Flu) Status Murky For Thursday
Rask (flu) did not practice Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.
Coach Claude Julien revealed Wednesday that he planned to start backup Chad Johnson against the Flames on Tuesday, but Johnson was sick, so Rask played instead. Now that Johnson is feeling better and Rask is under the weather, it looks like the B's could roll with Johnson on Thursday against the Oilers.
12/12/13 - 7:02AM ETShane Doan
: Concern Over Illness Growing
Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said Doan (illness), who has missed the Coyotes' last two games, is out "for the foreseeable future" while he undergoes tests, the Arizona Republic reports.
Doan's illness is starting to raise concerns. He's been having a fine season, so his absence is being felt by fantasy owners as well as the Coyotes.
Howard is dealing with a knee issue and will not dress for Thursday's game against the Lightning, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
Fortunately, every indication thus far has been that the knee issue, which forced Howard from Wednesday's practice, is minor. That said, Petr Mrazek was recalled to serve as Jonas Gustavsson's backup Thursday, and Howard's status for this weekend's games is uncertain.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday that Callahan suffered a second-degree MCL sprain and will miss four to six weeks, the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard reports.
This is a tough blow for the Rangers, who suffered their third straight defeat Tuesday night and dipped below .500 for the season (15-16-1). Callahan is tied for sixth on the team with 13 points, but it's his gritty, hard-nosed demeanor the Rangers will miss most. If the projected timetable holds, he won't be able to return to action until sometime in January.
Callahan suffered a knee sprain during the first period of Tuesday's game and will not return, ESPN reports.
Callahan left the game during the first period and headed to the locker room to be examined. Prior to leaving, Callahan recorded one hit and a minus-1 rating. More information regarding his condition will be forthcoming, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Boychuk (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames.
Boychuk has progressed surprisingly well from his nasty hit into the boards during a game last Thursday, avoiding a concussion and only missing two contests with the back injury. He's slated to join Zdeno Chara on the first defensive pair Tuesday with Dougie Hamilton sidelined with an injury of his own.
12/10/13 - 11:35AM ETDougie Hamilton
: Ruled Out 2-4 Weeks
Hamilton (lower body) has been ruled out for 2-4 weeks, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
It's a critical blow for the Bruins, whose defensive depth had already been compromised with several of his mates still nursing injuries and illnesses. Hamilton hasn't quite taken an offensive leap yet in his second season in Boston, but with seven points and a plus-9 rating in 28 games, his presence will clearly be missed on the blue line.
12/10/13 - 11:13AM ETAlex Tanguay
: (Knee) Hits Big Setback In Recovery
Tanguay is now experiencing a hip problem related to his recovery from a knee injury that will continue to keep him out indefinitely, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Though it has yet to be determined, surgery could be in the works for Tanguay as a result of this latest setback, potentially putting his availability for the rest of the season in question. While further details should emerge in the next few days regarding the extent of the new injury, it's apparent Tanguay won't be returning from injured reserve in the near future. The Avalanche appear to have enough forward depth to cover for his absence, but it nonetheless deprives the team of one of its top scorers for even longer than expected.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he expects Crawford (lower body) to miss three weeks, CSN Chicago's Tracy Myers reports.
Although the Blackhawks have gotten off to a magnificent 21-6-5 start coming off their Stanley Cup win, Crawford had been something of a liability prior to suffering the injury, yielding a middling 2.47 GAA and .907 save percentage over his 27 games. The injury only sends his stock tumbling further down the ranks of elite fantasy goaltenders, with backup Antti Raanta set to assume the bulk of the starts for the next three weeks while Crawford is sidelined.
Phaneuf was suspended for two games Tuesday as a result of his boarding incident on the Bruins' Kevan Miller on Sunday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Phaneuf doesn't have a track record of administering dirty hits, prompting the commissioner's office to go rather light on his punishment. He'll be able to return to the ice for Saturday's game, but the Leafs' already porous defense could be even more vulnerable against quality Kings and Blues teams Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
12/10/13 - 7:14AM ETPavel Datsyuk
: (Concussion) Set To Return Tuesday
Datsyuk (concussion) will play Tuesday against the Panthers, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
The Red Wings indicated late last week that Datsyuk should be back in action Tuesday, so consider this latest news to just be further verification that he didn't suffer any setbacks over the weekend. His return will provide a big boost to a squad that has been short on center talent with Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg also sidelined with injuries of their own.