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|9/28/2022||John Tavares, Tor, C|
|Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said Tavares will miss at least three weeks with an oblique strain the team captain suffered in a preseason game.
Analysis: Tavares would miss Toronto's first four games at a minimum under that timeline. The injury may give a fantasy boost to Alex Kerfoot, as he could he elevated into a top-six role to start the season.
|9/26/2022||Brock Boeser, Van, RW|
|Boeser has undergone hand surgery and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks.
Analysis: Boeser would only miss the season's first few games if he can make it back within three weeks. If that's the case, the 2018 All-Star should have a chance to duplicate the 23 goals and 46 points he produced in 71 games last season.
|9/26/2022||Nicklas Backstrom, Was, C|
|Backstrom is not expected to make his 2022-23 season debut until at least January following offseason hip surgery.
Analysis: Backstrom was limited to 47 games last season and set career lows with six goals, 25 assists and 31 points.
|9/26/2022||Mike Smith, Edm, G|
|Smith (undisclosed) is expected to miss the 2022-23 season.
Analysis: Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner will likely be the Oilers' top goalies.
|9/25/2022||Tom Wilson, Was, RW|
|Wilson (torn ACL) is expected to miss the first two months of the season.
Analysis: Wilson is progressing well from the surgery he underwent in May to fix a torn ACL and remains on target for an early December return.
|9/25/2022||Sean Couturier, Phi, C|
|Couturier (back) is expected to miss the first two months of the season.
Analysis: Couturier appeared in just 29 games last season before undergoing back surgery last December and was hopeful to be healthy for the start of the 2022-23 season before injuring himself in preparation for training camp.
|9/25/2022||Anthony Duclair, Fla, RW|
|Duclair (torn Achilles) is expected to miss the first few months of the season.
Analysis: Duclair underwent surgery on his Achilles in June and is reportedly not close to returning after notching a career-high 58 points in 2021-22 with 31 goals and 27 assists.
|9/25/2022||Gabriel Landeskog, Col, LW|
|Landeskog is expected to miss the first week of the season with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Landeskog has not begun skating in preparation for the 2022-23 season after tallying 30 goals and 29 assists in 51 regular-season games and another 11 goals and 11 assists during Colorado's run to the Stanley Cup.
|9/25/2022||Max Pacioretty, Car, LW|
|Pacioretty (Achilles) is expected to be sidelined until mid-February.
Analysis: Pacioretty joined Carolina in the offseason after notching 19 goals and 18 assists in just 39 games for Vegas last season, but now likely won't see the ice until more than three months into the 2022-23 season.
|9/25/2022||Charlie McAvoy, Bos, D|
|McAvoy (shoulder) is expected to be sidelined until early December.
Analysis: McAvoy underwent shoulder surgery in June after leading all Boston blue liners with a career-high 56 points in 2021-22, notching 10 goals and 46 assists.
|9/25/2022||Brad Marchand, Bos, LW|
|Marchand is starting the season on injured reserve after undergoing double hip surgery in late May.
Analysis: Marchand is expected to be out until at least early December. He led the Bruins last season with 80 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 70 games and added a team-best 11 points in Boston's opening-round playoff loss to Carolina in seven games.
|9/25/2022||Carey Price, Mon, G|
|Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said news about Price's knee is ''discouraging'' and that the star goaltender may not play this season.
Analysis: Hughes said it was unlikely that Price would be able to return without first undergoing surgery, and that rehab alone likely wouldn't be enough. After helping the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final in 2021, Price suffered numerous setbacks in returning to the game. He underwent knee surgery last summer and sought help from the NHLPA/NHL player assistance program in October for substance abuse.