Thursday, November 28, 2013

Injury Bug Feasts on Flames

The Calgary Flames, already reeling from some major injuries this season, suffered a pair of big injuries again against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Both forward Sean Monahan and defenseman Dennis Wideman were placed on the Injured Reserve on Thursday with a pair of fractures, which will likely keep them out of the line-up for a while.

Monahan suffered a fractured foot in the game last night and is currently listed as out week-to-week with the injury.  Fractured bones in the feet have a wide timeframe for a return, as some bones are more important than the others and could be protected better in the skate boot.  I would expect Monahan to be out anywhere between 2-to-4 weeks.

In 24 games this season, the Flames rookie has 9 goals and 6 assists for 15 points, ranking 127th in pool scoring on Thursday.

Wideman, on the other hand, suffered a fractured hand blocking a shot, is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks with his injury, which pretty well eliminates him from action for the whole of the second segment of the season.  There is a chance that Wideman will be put on the Long Term Injured Reserve to help conserve cap space, as 10 games seems to be an inevitability with this injury.

Wideman has played in 24 games, scoring 2 goals and adding 10 assists for 12 points, good enough for 199th in pool scoring, 30th among all defenseman.

ImplicationsTwo teams hit directly by these injuries, as Derek Wyllie has Monahan and Grant has Wideman.  Wyllie sits in a 3-way tie for 12th place at 175 points, while Grant sits in a tie at the top of the pool with 210 points.

Grant has also been indirectly hindered by these injuries, as the two better players on the ice for the Flames have gone down, which means that his goalie, Reto Berra, will also have a tougher time finding some wins down the line.  Scott G. has Karri Ramo, who may get a few more starts, especially if Berra's confidence begins to waiver.

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