The NHL season is a long and grueling one and many times injuries are inevitable. This season seems to be especially difficult due to a condensed schedule after the World Cup. The result of this difficult schedule can often shed it’s light with injuries, and we’ve seen plenty of those through the first quarter of the NHL season.
Unfortunately, to make things worse, two more NHL stars have been bitten by the injury bug.
The first of which is Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames who will be having surgery to repair a fractured finger. His injury took place last night in a 1-0 shutout win over the Minnesota Wild.
Head Coach Glen Gulutzan indicated to the media that Gaudreau took a couple of slashes throughout the course of the game. While it may be tough to pinpoint exactly which slash caused the damage, Flames Nation offered a pretty good look at one that might be the culprit.
Every game: this happens and it’s getting annoying pic.twitter.com/u8yi3FnPHy
— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) November 16, 2016
Elliotte Friedman indicates that Gaudreau may miss roughly 4-6 weeks of action for the Flames. This obviously is not great news as the Flames have been struggling quite a bit to start the season.
The other big injury news last night came from Steve Stamkos who appeared to injure his knee in last night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. Stamkos left the game midway through the first period and did not return to action in the Lightning victory.
Making news a bit worse for Tampa Bay, Stamkos headed back to Tampa after the game to have his knee looked at further. While there haven’t been many updates besides that, this news does seem to indicate that Stamkos might be out for the remainder of Tampa Bay’s current road trip. Their trip continues Thursday in Buffalo and ends next Tuesday (11/21) in Nashville.
Stamkos has been having an excellent season thus far after opting to not sign elsewhere during a lucrative free agency. He currently leads the Lightning with 9 goals and is second on the team with 20 points. If Stamkos were to miss an extended period of time, it would obviously be a huge blow to the Lightning.