It is said that injuries happen all the time in the NHL. Nothing stops your fantasy team dead in your tracks like an injury. So many consequences occur after the malady as well.
All that time fretting over who to pick up or trade for combined with the IR time you lose can make a GM go batty or the wrong kind of puck crazy.
That was our inspiration for the Injury Ticker. The ticker will not only provide relatively timely information on injuries around the NHL. It will also allow us to help the fan make educated decisions based on information that is coming in right at the moment instead of second hand knowledge.
First hand knowledge is paramount to success. Reality dictates that injuries and noticing who is on the bench as opposed to who is missing can potentially be essential when the time arises.
For example if a player is spotted not on the bench, an Injury Watch may be declared. Okay what constitutes an Injury Watch? Well we made this almost as easy as red, yellow, and green.
Injury Watch — This is declared when there is a potential for injury in a game. Grudge matches are especially worrisome for fantasy owners but also, certain teams scare GM’s as well. Also if a player is not spotted during warm-ups or the bench at some point in the game. It just means there is a reasonable yet plausible chance of a player getting hurt.
Injury Warning — This means there is a likelihood of a player getting hurt. Chances are high for a variety of reasons. No, hangnails do not count in this because that is not a hockey type of injury. If a player is missing off the bench and does not return, a warning can be declared. Keep in mind, the line between a Watch and a Warning can often be blurred.
Injury Status — This means the player is indeed injured but a status needs to be determined as in how long the player will be out for. It also helps gauge the severity of the injury. Basically it is a way to stall for time. See Patrick Kane’s injury for a recent example. When a status is declared finally, that is not when the story ends. As a matter of fact this step is kind of where the story continues. At least, that is until the player returns to the ice.
So the red, yellow, green method really applies here in the sense that it is a easier ways of trying to determine the degree of injury or if a player is really injured at all. Green for a watch, yellow for a warning and red for the status. Truly if only fantasy hockey was that easy. Sadly it cannot be all the time but this help the fantasy owner out there with not having to worry about following injuries in what feels like 50 different websites.
Hopefully this helps. Next week we are going to explore players that leave your special teams category feeling very blue.
Good luck in your fantasy leagues out there and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.