Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hockey Players Out With Foot Injuries

So it turns out that the sore ankle Nail Yakupov was suffering from is not just a sore ankle. 
Yakupov has missed the last few Edmonton Oilers' games because of an ankle fracture. Coach Dallas Eakin told reporters Tuesday morning before the game against the San Jose Sharks the change in player's status. 
Yakupov took a shot off his ankle on February 27th against the Minnesota Wild and missed the next game on March 1st against Calgary. He was able to play the next seven games in a row, but missed games against the Nashville Predators, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, and the San Jose Sharks in the six-game homestand. 
Following the team's morning skate on Monday Eakin said, "Yak might start skating Friday."
Yakupov has had a stellar second season, scoring 11 goals and a -.33plus/minus rating just a year after his rookie year that boasted 17 goals in 48 games. 
Yakupov even played solid minutes through the pain, averaging 17 to 18 minutes per game while injured. 
While Yakupov is out, Anton Lander is filling in, on line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without Evgeni Malkin for two to three weeks after the star injured his foot. 
The team's official Twitter account tweeted on Tuesday, "Per Coach Bylsma: #Pens Evgeni Malkin has a foot injury and will be out 2-3 weeks."
This is potentially a season-ending injury, as the Penguin's final game is on April 13th, which is roughly three weeks away. There is concern this close to the playoffs is a concern for a team that does not have a lot of depth. However, the team is used to it this year, having suffering injuries to star players throughout the season.
Malkin has already missed 11 games this season, but is still the team's second-leading scorer with 72 points. In the last 10 games the Penguins are 5-4-1 and are unlikely to catch the Boston Bruins for the top slot in the Eastern Conference. 
References: Edmonton Journal and CBS Sports
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