NHL Injury: Marc-Andre Fleury, Elvis Merzlikins, Jonathan Drouin, and more out
The NHL Injured list grows bigger almost every week.
Here are the latest players to land in the trainer’s room.
Marc-Andre Fleury on IR
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild announced that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury would miss at least the next seven days after being placed on IR with an upper-body injury.
“It’s hard to say too much,” Wild coach Dean Evason said via NHL.com. “It’s just an upper-body injury that we hope will be shorter than longer. We’ll continue to evaluate.”
Fleury, 37, is 6-4-1 on the season with a GAA of 2.80 and a .906 SV%. The injury likely occurred during the team’s 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Elvis Merzlikins out, Jake Bean and Patrik Laine on IR
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenseman Jake Bean on injured reserve Thursday with an ailing shoulder. They also announced Patrik Laine would go on IR retroactive to November 12 with a high ankle sprain.
Bean, 24, sustained the injury during Columbus’ 5-4 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. He has six points (one goal, five assists) and six penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins will also miss approximately 1-2 weeks with an undisclosed injury after leaving midway through the win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
The 28 year-old netminder is 2-5-0 on the season with a GAA of 4.74 and a SV% of .864.
Daniil Tarasov has been called up to backup Joonas Korpisalo.
Jonathan Drouin out 4-6 weeks
Montrael Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin will miss four to six weeks due to an upper-body injury.
Drouin sustained the injury Nov. 5 as the Canadiens lost 6-4 to the Vegas Golden Knights. He has played in three games since then, but he sat out Montreal’s 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Drouin, 27, has posted four assists in 12 games this season. He missed the end of the 2021-22 season after undergoing wrist surgery.
He has 256 points (75 goals, 181 assists) in 439 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Canadiens. He was selected by the Lightning with the third overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
On Wednesday morning, the Canadiens recalled forward Rem Pitlick, 25, from the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League.
Pitlick has appeared in seven games for Montreal this season, racking up eight penalty minutes. He has three assists in three games for the Rocket.
Flyers Wade Allison out 3 weeks
The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Wade Allison on injured reserve Tuesday.
He is expected to miss about three weeks with a strained oblique muscle and a hip pointer.
Allison was injured during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Ottawa and did not play in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Dallas.
Allison, 25, has three goals and one assist in 14 games this season.
He has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 29 games since the Flyers drafted him in the second round in 2016.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article