NHL Injury: Patrik Laine out again, Jake Muzzin to miss months, Thomas Chabot concussion, and more

The NHL Injury news this season seems relentless as the list continues to grow.

Patrik Laine, who has already missed time is out again. This time with a lower-body injury that could keep him out a month. He’s only played 8 games this season and has 4 points.

NHL Injury: Patrik Laine sprains ankle

Columbus forward Patrik Laine will be sidelined three to four weeks with a sprained ankle.

The team announced Monday that Laine suffered the injury in Saturday’s loss to the New York Islanders.

Laine, 24, played more than 22 minutes in the game, notching a block against the Isles.

The news comes on the heels of top defenseman Zach Werenski (shoulder) being ruled out for the rest of the season. The club also placed D Nick Blankenburg (fractured ankle) and forwards Sean Kuraly (upper-body injury) and Jakub Voracek (UBI) on injured reserve.

Laine also missed six games in October with an elbow injury.

“It’s a tough situation, adversity is going to happen,” said Boone Jenner, Blue Jackets captain and Laine’s linemate. “Obviously very unfortunate for him just coming back from an injury and it happens again. You can’t plan for that.”


Jake Muzzin out months

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin is out until late February with a cervical spine injury, the team said Monday.

Muzzin, 33, is scheduled to be re-evaluated at that time. He already had been placed on long-term injured reserve.

The Maple Leafs said he sustained a neck injury in a game Oct. 17 against the Coyotes when he collided with Arizona forward Clayton Keller in the second period. He has not played since.

Muzzin skated in just four games with Toronto this season and had one assist.

“It’s rest but he is going to continue to train and stay in shape and stay around the team for all the other things he adds [off the ice],” Dubas said. “It’s mostly rest and go back and see one of the specialists in Los Angeles to get a more clear picture of where it is at.”

Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs GM

A fifth-round draft pick in 2007, Muzzin has appeared in 683 games with the Los Angeles Kings (2010-19) and Maple Leafs. Toronto traded him on Jan. 28, 2019, for a first-round draft pick in 2019, defenseman Sean Durzi and forward Carl Grundstrom.

He is in the third year of a four-year, $22.5 million contract extension he signed in February 2020.

The Maple Leafs also placed defenseman TJ Brodie on injured reserve with an oblique injury on Monday. In his third season in Toronto, Brodie is averaging more than 21 minutes of ice time per game and has two assists in 15 games.

Forward Pontus Holmberg and defenseman Mac Hollowell were recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The Maple Leafs will face the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Thomas Chabot suffers concussion

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Mar 14, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot will be sidelined at least one week with a concussion, coach D.J. Smith announced Sunday.

Chabot was hit into the boards from behind by Philadelphia forward Travis Konecny early in the third period of the Senators’ 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon.

Chabot, 25, scored his third goal of the season earlier in the contest. The minutes-eating defenseman also has three assists and 18 penalty minutes in 14 games this season.

Ottawa recalled defenseman Jacob Larsson from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Larsson, 25, has two assists in 12 games with Belleville this season. He had 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 165 career games with the Anaheim Ducks.

Brendan Lemieux on IR

The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Brendan Lemieux on injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body injury.

Lemieux did not return after delivering a second-period hit to Detroit forward Adam Erne in Saturday’s 4-3 victory against the Red Wings.

“I think he’s probably going to be out for a little while,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said after the game.

Lemieux, 26, has no goals and three assists in 15 games this season. He leads Los Angeles in penalty minutes (28) and ranks second on the team in hits (42).

The Kings also assigned defenseman Brandt Clarke to the Ontario Reign on a conditioning loan and recalled forward Lias Andersson and defenseman Jacob Moverare from the American Hockey League club.

Avs Shane Bowers out, Gabriel Landeskog moved to LTIR

Colorado Avalanche forward Shane Bowers will be sidelined approximately six weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Jared Bednar confirmed Sunday.

A 2017 first-round pick, Bowers was hurt after playing less than two minutes in his NHL debut on Thursday night in a 5-3 win against Nashville.

Bowers, 23, registered two goals and four assists in 10 games with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles this season.

The Colorado Avalanche also moved captain Gabriel Landeskog to long-term injured reserve on Saturday.

The move, which provides the team some salary cap relief, was not a surprise as the forward was projected to miss about 12 weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 17.

Landeskog, who turns 30 on Nov. 23, has not played this season.

Landeskog recorded 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games last season before having knee surgery in March. He returned for the playoffs and added 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 20 games to propel the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup title.

Mackenzie Blackwood

The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood on injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury.

Blackwood has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss three to six weeks. His IR designation is retroactive to Nov. 3.

The Devils recalled goalie Nico Daws from Utica of the American Hockey League in a corresponding transaction.

Blackwood, 25, is 4-2-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average and an .880 save percentage in seven starts this season.

He is 59-53-16 with eight shutouts, a 2.93 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 137 games (130 starts) over five NHL seasons, all with the Devils.

–Field Level Media