Jeff Carter headlines DET-PHI injury report

jeff carter.jpgWe’ve spoken a ton about how goaltending is one of the main stories for the Red Wings and Flyers, but perhaps injuries are the real bullet point to look at. After all, Detroit is mysteriously on fire now that the team is mostly healthy while Philadelphia is in disarray because of some crucial missing pieces.

Abel 2 Yzerman’s preview included a nice rundown of the two team’s injury situations, including expected return dates for the wounded players.

Dan Cleary (LW/RW) Groin (Day to day)
Kirk Maltby (RW/LW) Shoulder surgery (Early April)

Mike Rathje (D) Groin (Remainder of season)
Michael Leighton (G) Left ankle injury (Remainder of season)
Ray Emery (G) Groin (Remainder of season)
Jeff Carter (C) Left foot injury (Mid-April)
Daniel Carcillo (LW/RW) Suspended ()
Johan Backlund (G) Groin (Early April)

Say what you want about the Flyers’ lack of moves in net, it’s pretty hard to prepare for three goalie injuries (two of which were season ending). Of course, it’s also not very easy to deal with injuries to star players like Jeff Carter either.

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    Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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    Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

    Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

    During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

    It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

    As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

    Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


    ‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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    James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

    Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

    Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

    Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

    It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.