NHL Injury: Tim Stutzle, Jack Eichel, Shea Theodore, and more
Another rash of NHL Injuries to update you on as Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle is out.
Plus the Vegas Golden Knights hit with several injuries at once, and more.
Tim Stutzle latest NHL injury
Senators forward Tim Stutzle will be sidelined at least one week due to a shoulder strain, the Ottawa Sun reported on Wednesday.
Stutzle sustained the injury on a hit by Anaheim forward Brett Leason midway through the first period of the Senators’ 3-0 win over the Ducks on Monday.
Stutzle, 20, has stepped up in place of the injured Josh Norris (upper body) and contributed nearly a point per game this season (10 goals, 17 assists in 28 games). Stutzle signed an eight-year, $66.8 million contract extension in September on the heels of posting career-high totals in goals (22), assists (36) and points (58) in 2021-22.
Stutzle has totaled 114 points (44 goals, 70 assists) in 160 career games since being selected by Ottawa with the third overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Also on Wednesday, the Senators recalled defenseman Dillon Heatherington and forward Jake Lucchini from Belleville of the American Hockey League.
Vegas Golden Knights hit by injuries
Vegas Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said Tuesday that forward Jack Eichel is day-to-day, defenseman Shea Theodore is week-to-week and defenseman Zach Whitecloud is month-to-month due to lower-body injuries.
The Vegas Golden Knights placed leading scorer Jack Eichel on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury.
The move is retroactive to Dec. 9, the date from which Eichel will have to miss at least seven days. He missed Sunday’s game against Boston.
Eichel leads the Knights in goals (13) and points (29). He’s added 16 assists.
Eichel is in his second season in Vegas after beginning his career in Buffalo. He has 409 career points (166 goals, 243 assists) in 436 games.
Vegas also reportedly placed Zach Whitecloud on long-term IR. He would have to miss at least 10 games and 24 days.
The Pacific Division-leading Knights have also been without blueliners Shea Theodore (lower body) and Alex Pietrangelo (family illness).
Theodore also last played Dec. 9. The veteran is tied for third on the team with 22 points and tied for the team lead with 18 assists.
In corresponding moves, the Knights recalled Jonas Rondbjerg, Brayden Pachal and Kaedan Korczak from their AHL affiliate Henderson.
The Golden Knights (20-9-1, 41 points) have the best record in the Western Conference and play at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Joonas Korpisalo on IR
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed Joonas Korpisalo on injured reserve and added fellow goaltender Jet Greaves on an emergency recall.
Korpisalo sustained a lower-body injury during Friday night’s 3-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames. He stopped all 12 shots he faced before being replaced by Elvis Merzlikins to start the second period.
Korpisalo, 28, is expected to miss one to two weeks. He is 4-5-1 with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in 12 games (11 starts) this season, his eighth campaign with Columbus.
Greaves, 21, signed an entry-level deal with the Blue Jackets last February and has yet to make his NHL debut. He has a 4-3-2 record with a 4.10 GAA and .878 save percentage in 10 games this season with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.
Leafs Robertson out 6-8 weeks
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Robertson is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a right shoulder injury, coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters on Saturday.
Per Keefe, Robertson will not require surgery for the injury that was sustained during the Maple Leafs’ 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Robertson needed assistance to exit the ice after he absorbed a hit from Kings defenseman Matt Roy in the first period. Roy received a minor penalty for interference at 9:19 of the period.
Robertson, 21, has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in 15 games this season.
Michael McCarron enters player assistance program
Nashville Predators forward Michael McCarron has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, the league announced Sunday.
“Under the terms of the joint program, McCarron will continue to be paid while receiving treatment,” read a news release. “He will return to the club when cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”
McCarron, 27, has one goal and one assist in 15 games this season. He was on the ice for 13 shifts and 6:55 during Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A first-round pick by Montreal in 2013, McCarron has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 141 career games with the Canadiens (2015-18) and Predators.
The NHL/NHLPA player assistance program was created to help players and their families who are going through mental health, substance abuse or other issues.
–Field Level Media