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Golden Knights Injury Updates; James Neal, Reilly Smith, Malcolm Subban, Luca Sbisa, William Carrier, Oscar Lindberg

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James Neal
Injury: Hand/Wrist
Injured on February 26th vs. Kings

Neal has missed 10 of the last 11 games. He played in the Kings game on the road where he left after falling behind the goal, seemingly on the same hand that was injured last year in the playoffs.

He did not travel with the team on the recent five-game road trip, but was seen skating many of the days while the team was away. Neal participated in the most recent morning skate wearing a red no-contact jersey.

James is doing real good. He’s skating today. He’s not playing tonight but we’ll see him in the near future. -Gerard Gallant

Reilly Smith
Injury: Wrist/Shoulder
Injured on March 6th vs. Blue Jackets

Smith left the game after a hit in the 2nd period in Columbus. He remained on the road trip for a short time following the injury before returning to Vegas.

He has not participated in a practice since the injury but was seen putting on skates and pads to take the ice for an individual practice today.

A source indicated to SinBin.vegas that the team initially feared Smith had broken a bone in his hand that could have ended his season, but an MRI confirmed otherwise. The same source put the timeline at about two weeks from the injury following the news of no broken bones.

He is not playing tonight. Day to day. Getting better. -Gallant

Malcolm Subban
Injury: Hand
Injured on February 8th vs. Sharks (morning skate)

Subban was injured when a puck struck his hand during morning skate prior to the road game in San Jose on February 8th. Following the injury Subban was spotted wearing a splint on his hand.

On a conference call followng the trade deadline on February 26th, GM George McPhee said Subban was “still about two weeks” away from returning to practice. Subban has been on the ice practicing on his own, or with other injured players, since March 1st.

Today, he was taking shots as morning skate was winding down, but was not a full participant in the practice.

He’s doing good. He’s still on the timeframe on when he was supposed to come back, but he’s day to day at this time. -Gallant

Luca Sbisa
Injury: Hand
Injured on February 27th vs. Kings

Update (3/19/18 5:31 PM) – Sbisa has been seen wearing a hard cast on his right hand.

Sbisa left the Kings game in the 2nd period after a goal by Anze Kopitar. He was placed on IR the following day and was described as “going to be out a little longer.”

He did not make the recent road trip and has not been seen on the ice at all since the injury. Gallant did confirm he is not expected to be out fot the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

Little longer. Won’t be in the next week, but hopefully in the near future. Two or three weeks? I don’t know. -Gallant

William Carrier
Injury: Shoulder
Injured on February 4th vs. Washington

Carrier hurt his shoulder on a check into the boards in the 1st period of the Super Bowl Sunday game against the Capitals. He exited that game after playing just 1:03 and has not returned to full practice since.

He has been skating with trainers since approximately February 23rd. He began skating with a stick on March 1st. He did not go with the team on either of the road trips since.

Gallant said he had not seen Carrier today so he had no further update following morning skate this morning.

Oscar Lindberg
Injury: Concussion
Injured on February 26th vs. Kings

Lindberg was blindsided while attempting to skate off the ice by Kyle Clifford. It appeared to be an elbow to the head. Lindberg exited that game and has not been seen since. The team has not offered an update since the injury including when asked today.

For me, I want to make sure the guys are ready to go. The standings definitely affect it. I look at it, the trainers look at it, but at the end of the day, I’m not putting a guy out there until he’s ready to go. -Gallant

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4 Comments

  1. Rick Dames

    Thank you, Ken! We really needed this update and information has been hard to find…

  2. Mark

    Hopefully everyone is back in 2 weeks.

  3. Bill

    Too bad Kyle Clifford, the cheap shot punk, wasn’t made to pay for a hit to the head. Then again I have seen fans who seem to think retribution from us is needlessly wasted. Too bad a young guy like Lindberg has to suffer without consequence. Head injuries are scary.

  4. Kevin

    Where is Oscar Dansk? I believe he was 3rd string early in the season and had better numbers than Legace. Why is he not 2nd to Fluery right now?

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