Jan Levine’s ‘On the Mend’ report for 1/25/17

A detailed account of the key players out, recovering and returning from injury around the NHL including Detroit forward Thomas Vanek. Vanek is tied for the team lead in goals (12) and is second in points (31). Rumors have been swirling that Vanek could be dealt at the trade deadline so a return to health is essential for the Red Wings and G.M. Ken Holland. Let’s take a look at how long Vanek is expected to be out as well as updates on the other 28 players that make this week’s infirmary list.

By Jan Levine, PSN Hockey Analyst

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INJURY REPORT: January 25, 2017

-Arizona/C Max Domi…hand surgery on 12/13; still weeks away.

-Buffalo/D Jake McCabe…shoulder injury on 1/20; out 10-14 days.

-Colorado/D Tyson Barrie…lower-body injury; out since 1/17; doubtful to play as of 12/25.

-Colorado/G Semyon Varlamov…recurrence of groin injury after missing three weeks on 1/17; out again through All-Star break.

-Detroit/G Jimmy Howard…sprained MCL on 12/20; moved to long-term injury reserve list on 1/19; took shots from goalie coach on Tuesday.

-Detroit/LW Thomas Vanek…sprained lower-body injury on 1/22; out indefinitely.

-Florida/C Aleksander Barkov…undisclosed injury; on IR since 12/28 and there is a chance he could miss the rest of the season.

-Florida/C Nick Bjugstad…groin injury; placed on IR 1/17 and slated to miss two weeks.

-Florida/LW Jonathan Huberdeau…Achilles injury in preseason; was slated to return to action the first week of March, but now may miss the rest of the season.

-LA/RW Tyler Toffoli…lower-body injury on 12/20; placed on IR 12/28; has resumed skating as of 1/18.

-LA/G Jonathan Quick…groin injury; has been out since season opening contest in San Jose on 10/12; now expected out until early-March.

-MIN/D Jonas Brodin…broke finger on 1/17; looking at extended stint on injured reserve.

-Montreal/C Alex Galchenyuk…knee injury suffered in early-December; activated 1/14, but re-aggravated injury on Saturday and now day-to-day.

-Montreal/D Andrei Markov…lower-body injury on 12/17; has missed 17 straight games as of 1/21 and is still considered week-to-week.

-Montreal/RW Brendan Gallagher…underwent surgery on 1/6 to repair a fractured left hand and will be sidelined eight weeks.

-Nashville/D Roman Josi…undisclosed injury; placed on IR 1/13; should return right after the All-Star break.

-Nashville/D P.K. Subban…upper-body injury on 12/15; placed on IR 1/1 and activated last Friday.

-NY Islanders/D Travis Hamonic…knee injury; out since 1/11; considered week-to-week.

-NY Rangers/D Marc Staal…concussion; out since 1/3; should return after All-Star break.

-NY Rangers/C Kevin Hayes…suffered left leg/knee injury on Sunday and will miss 2-3 weeks.

-Ottawa/G Craig Anderson…still dealing with wife’s illness; out until end of January or beginning of February.

-Ottawa/G Andrew Hammond…high ankle sprain injury on 12/18; was expected out one month, but no update as of yet.

-Pittsburgh/D Kris Letang…leg injury; placed on IR 1/16; probable to return after the All-Star break.

-San Jose/LW Tomas Hertl…knee surgery on 11/22; expected out of action until mid-February at a minimum; cleared for contact drills but no update on status released.

-Tampa Bay/C Steven Stamkos…lateral meniscus tear surgery on 11/16; out at least two additional months or more.

Tampa Bay/RW Ryan Callahan…reoccurring hip injury; placed on IR 1/17; will miss at least four weeks.

-Toronto/D Morgan Rielly… lower-body injury; out since 1/17; hopeful to return after the All-Star break.

-Washington/D John Carlson… lower-body injury; out since 1/15; hopeful to return after the All-Star break.

-Winnipeg/RW Patrik Laine…suffered concussion on 1/7; returned to game action on Tuesday.