It sounds like an ankle injury will be keeping Matt Duchene out of the Avalanche line-up for at least one game, as the young forward suffered the injury on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild and the team has already counted him out for Thursday's game against the Predators. The injury hasn't been fully evaluated yet by the team doctors, so there isn't a full update yet and he will be considered out day-to-day until a full update is provided.
Harsh news for Dale C., who is fading fast in the money race, now sitting 20 points out of 5th place in the 7th position in the standings. He needs all hands on deck in the last month of the season and an ankle injury to Duchene is quite the opposite of that.
A groin injury was enough to hold Todd Bertuzzi out of the Red Wings line-up on Tuesday night for their game against the Flyers. Bertuzzi has been battling injury for the last few weeks, with a few threats to sit out a game here and there and this was one of those nights where it just got to be a bit too much and he had to sit out. His participation later in the week should be classified as questionable, so he's day-to-day for right now.
The gap between 21st and 22nd has opened up a bit already this week, as Darren S. lost a man-game with the loss of Bertuzzi on Tuesday and his deficit to recover is now at 7 points. The news doesn't get much better...
The Minnesota Wild were without forward Cal Clutterbuck on Tuesday for the Avalanche game, thanks to a bout of the flu. There is a small bit of speculation that Clutterbuck may be dealing with some concussion problems after getting hit pretty hard over the weekend, but the team has only said that he was feeling under the weather on Tuesday. This might be something to keep an eye on.
Another hit to the line-up for Darren S., who hasn't had a lot of luck after closing the gap between himself and Derek W. at the bottom of the standings. Darren does have a lot more games left in the week, but he's got to hope that these two injured players can jump back into the line-up soon.
A couple more key injuries to the Philadelphia Flyers happened on Tuesday night, as both Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek had to leave the game against the Red Wings with an upper-body and lower-body injury, respectively. Jagr's hip doesn't appear to be working at 100% and he is not expected to dress for the team's next game against the Panthers, while Voracek was hit pretty hard and further concussion tests are needed to help clear him for a possible immediate return. Both are day-to-day right now.
No money impact here, as Jagr belongs to Scott G.'s 20th place team in the standings, while Voracek belongs to the pool's duo of Kristy and Don. Both pool teams have had more than their fair share of injury problems and they just continue to pile up.