NHL Injury News: Artem Zub, Valeri Nichushkin, and more players out
Plus the latest on the Colorado Avalanche’s Valeri Nichushkin, who will miss at least tonight’s matchup in New Jersey. Also the Chicago Blackhawks lose Tyler Johnson and the Columbus Blue Jackerts will be without Adam Boqvist.
NHL Injury News: Artem Zub
Ottawa Senators defenseman Artem Zub will be sidelined 1-2 weeks due to an upper-body injury sustained during Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Zub, 27, has a goal and two assists in seven games this season. He leads the team with 27 hits.
In 135 games over the past three seasons, all with the Senators, Zub has 39 career points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 90 penalty minutes.
Ottawa coach D.J. Smith told reporters he was informed of Zub’s injury following Thursday’s loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak.
Valeri Nichushkin out Friday
Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin will sit out Friday’s game against the host New Jersey Devils due to a lower-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar announced.
Nichushkin, 27, has enjoyed a sizzling start to the season by registering team-leading totals in both goals (seven) and points (12).
He has 186 points (78 goals, 108 assists) in 412 career games with the Dallas Stars (2013-16, 2018-19) and Avalanche. He selected by the Stars with the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Martin Kaut will draw into the lineup on Friday, per Bednar.
Kaut, 23, has yet to record a point in four games with the Avalanche this season.
Tyler Johnson on IR
The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Tyler Johnson on injured reserve Thursday with an ankle injury.
Johnson, 32, was off to a hot start, with six points (two goals, four assists) in six games. He tallied seven points in 26 games in 2021-22.
He suffered the injury Tuesday night in a collision with Florida’s Aleksander Barkov in the third period. The Blackhawks won the game, their fourth straight. Johnson needed help getting off the ice. He was seen in a walking boot after the game.
Johnson will have to miss at least seven days on IR, but coach Luke Richardson said he’ll likely miss a month.
Johnson played in just 26 games last season after undergoing artificial disc replacement surgery in his neck. The Blackhawks acquired Johnson from Tampa Bay in July 2021.
For his career, Johnson has 361 points (161 goals, 200 assists) in 589 games, all but 32 of those with the Lightning. He’s a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Tampa.
Adam Boqvist to miss six weeks
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Boqvist will miss six weeks with a broken foot.
Boqvist, 22, sustained the injury Tuesday night in the Blue Jackets’ 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, the team said. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
In a corresponding move, Columbus recalled 18-year-old blueliner David Jiricek from its AHL affiliate, Cleveland. Jiricek was the team’s No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Boqvist hadn’t recorded a point yet this season while averaging 16 minutes of ice time over four games. He had four blocks. The Chicago Blackhawks’ No. 8 overall pick in 2018, Boqvist has 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) in 132 career games with Columbus and the Blackhawks.
Jiricek collected four assists, with 12 shots and a +2 plus/minus rating in five games with the Monsters this season.
–Field Level Media