High Number of Injuries to Start this NHL Season.

It’s not unusual for NHL players to suffer injuries early in the season, but this season there appears to be a higher-than-usual number currently sidelined only a month into the 2011-12 campaign.

Here’s a look at the notable players currently sidelined as of November 2, 2011.(Note: List doesn’t include those who are still recovering from injuries incurred last season or in the off-season):

Anaheim Ducks: Jason Blake (October 15th – left forearm laceration)

Carolina Hurricanes: Jussi Jokinen (November 1 – lower body injury)

Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith (October 31 – upper body)

Colorado Avalanche: Peter Mueller (October 13 – concussion-like symptoms)

Columbus Blue Jackets: Jeff Carter (October 22 – hairline fracture, right foot)

Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky (October 15 – right shoulder), Ryan Whitney (October 26 – sprained knee).

Los Angeles Kings: Simon Gagne (October 29 – middle body injury)

Montreal Canadiens: Chris Campoli (October 7 – hamstring), Scott Gomez (October 22 – lower body)

Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher (October 30 – shoulder), Sergei Kostitsyn (October 28 – left leg)

New Jersey Devils: Travis Zajac (September 19 – torn left Achilles tendon)

New York Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov (October 29 – lower body injury)

Ottawa Senators: Daniel Alfredsson (October 30 – concussion), Peter Regin (October 21 – shoulder)

Philadelphia Flyers: Chris Pronger (October 25 – right eye), Daniel Briere (October 29 – upper body)

Phoenix Coyotes: Michal Rozsival (October 10 – upper body)

San Jose Sharks: Antero Niittymaki (September 19 – groin surgery)

St. Louis Blues: Andy McDonald (October 15 – concussion)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Mattias Ohlund (October 3 – arthroscopic knee surgeries)

Toronto Maple Leafs: James Reimer (October 23 – concussion-like symptoms), Colby Armstrong (October 20 – sprained left ankle)

Winnipeg Jets: Chris Mason (October 28 – groin), Ron Hainsey (October 18 – upper body injury)


  1. I wonder how many are from the indirect results from trying to avoid contact because of the zero tolerance policy?

  2. @WHS – what? Players aren’t flopping themselves into injuries because they avoid making contact. Those that are getting suspended are not for accidental hits but largely going out of their way (hence the term “targeted”) to nail a guy in the head. The only avoidance cases that I’ve seen leading to injuries are those screaming down the ice trying to avoid icing calls.

  3. Wait, there are still a bunch of injuries despite the decline in headshots and fighting? Shocking! I think it time to ban all physical contact whatsoever, impose and on-ice speed limit, wrap the players in bubble wrap and replace those dangerous, sharp skates with roller blades. Sure it will make the game worse but ruining a sport is a small price to pay for keeping millionaire athletes 100% safe.

  4. Isn’t Campoli out with a cuncussion from the hit by Malone?

  5. Coof: No, he didn’t suffer a concussion. A week later, he suffered a hamstring injury in the Habs season opener against the Leafs.

  6. You”re right I forgot about that. I guess I was so surprised that he didn’t get a concussion on that play that the other injury slipped my mind