Jan Levine’s ‘On the Mend’ report for 2/1/17

A detailed account of the key players out, recovering and returning from injury around the NHL including Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin. Malkin has 22 goals and 32 assists in 47 games while filing his role as the Penguins’ number-two pivot behind Sidney Crosby. Let’s take a look at how long Malkin is expected out as well as updates on the other 26 players that make this week’s infirmary list.

By Jan Levine, PSN Hockey Analyst

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INJURY REPORT: February 1, 2017

-Arizona/C Max Domi…hand surgery on 12/13; close to returning to practice.

-Buffalo/D Jake McCabe…shoulder injury on 1/20; out at least another week.

-Colorado/D Tyson Barrie…lower-body injury; out since 1/17; returned to action on Tuesday night.

-Colorado/G Semyon Varlamov…recurrence of groin injury on 1/17 after missing three weeks; required hip surgery and now out for the season.

-Detroit/G Jimmy Howard…sprained MCL on 12/20; moved to long-term injury reserve list on 1/19; skated with team Monday and will play a game or two in the AHL before rejoining the Red Wings.

-Detroit/LW Thomas Vanek…sprained lower-body injury on 1/22; returned to action on 1/25.

-Florida/C Aleksander Barkov…undisclosed injury; on IR since 12/28 and there was a chance he could miss the rest of the season. But now following the recent treatment he’s received, there’s a good chance he will be able to return as soon as next week.

-Florida/C Nick Bjugstad…groin injury; placed on IR 1/17 and returned to action on Tuesday night.

-Florida/LW Jonathan Huberdeau…Achilles injury in preseason; might return to action the first week of March, but still a possibility he misses 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 1/18; now expected to miss another two weeks.

-Montreal/D Andrei Markov…lower-body injury on 12/17; missed 19 straight games, but returned to action on Tuesday night.

-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 soon after the All-Star break.

-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; returned to action on Tuesday night.

-NY Rangers/C Kevin Hayes…suffered left leg/knee injury on 1/22 and slated to miss 2-3 weeks.

-Ottawa/G Craig Anderson…still dealing with wife’s illness; resumed practicing with Ottawa, but will still require two weeks of conditioning and then possibly a short AHL stint before returning to the big club.

-Pittsburgh/D Kris Letang…leg injury; placed on IR 1/16; return to action on Tuesday night.

-Pittsburgh/C Evgeni Malkin…knee injury; placed on IR 1/31; no set timeframe for return, though there’s a possibility he will be able to return in a matter of days.

-San Jose/LW Tomas Hertl…knee surgery on 11/22; was expected out of action until mid-February at a minimum, but returned to action on Tuesday night.

-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; should return soon after the All-Star break.

-Washington/D John Carlson… lower-body injury; out since 1/15; returned to action on Tuesday night.