Injury Updates from Practice

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | , , , , | 0 comments »

There were several bits of injury-related news to come out of today's practice.

First, and apparently most serious:  Marcus Johansson is "week-to-week" with a lower-body injury, believed to be a foot injury after blocking a shot in last night's 3-2 win over Ottawa.  Coach Bruce Boudreau indicated that Johansson would "definitely be out for the weekend."

Johansson, the just-turned 20-year old center, in pointless in three contests so far with a -1 rating, but has displayed tremendous skating and puckhandling skills -- as well as some questionable decision-making.  But the youngster is adjusting to the size, speed and skill of NHL play.

Boudreau also said that Tom Poti, who took the pre-game skate but did not play last night, and Matt Bradley, who left that game after three shifts, were both "day-to-day" with lower-body injuries.  Neither is expected to play Wednesday against the Islanders.

As for potential reinforcements, Boudreau was cautious.  "We've got enough guys here right now," he said regarding potential call ups from Hershey. "Eventually it might happen, but we're at home. If we were going on the would probably necessitate something. We're hoping the other guys will be able to be back by Saturday, so it wouldn't happen."

Matt Hendricks skated at center between Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr at practice today, according to reports.

Two forwards, David Steckel and D.J. King, have both been healthy scratches the past two games.