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NHL Injury Roundup

karilehtonen1The Ottawa Senators were dealt another blow this week as all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson was lost for the season after requiring surgery to repair a cut Achilles. The injury should keep him out for three to four months. Already without Jason Spezza, Senators will be without winger Milan Michalek for today’s game. Michalek could be ready for Monday’s game.

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen left in the first period of last night’s game against the Canucks with a groin injury. The Stars have Lehtonen listed day-to-day.

The Chicago Blackhawks had to recall goalie Henrik Karlsson as Corey Crawford has suffered an upper-body injury. Crawford is listed as day-to-day.

The Detroit Red Wings put winger Todd Bertuzzi on injured reserve yesterday and have recalled Gustav Nyquist.

New Jersey Devils winger Dainius Zubrus had surgery on his left wrist this week and is expected to be out for four to six weeks. The Devils acquired Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Winnipeg Jets to make up for the loss of Zubrus.

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak remains out. He has been battling a groin injury and thought he had recovered enough to comeback on Monday, but he pulled himself out of the lineup. Halak felt the injury wasn’t fully healed and did’t want it to be a lingering issue all season. He’ll wait till he feels its fully healed. Jake Allen was recalled, and has started the last couple games for Blues.

Ryan Malone and the Tampa Bay Lightning were hoping that he’d be able to get back into the lineup soon, but that was not the case. He was put on the IR retroactive to Sunday, and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer strained his MCL earlier this week and is expected to be out at least a week. The Leafs recalled Jussi Rynnas to back up Ben Scrivens.

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Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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