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Torey Krug will miss the start of the season with a fractured jaw suffered on Tuesday when he took a puck to the face during the second period of a preseason game versus Detroit. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Krug is the 14th ranked defenseman on FantasyPros ADP rankings. His loss will be felt by the Bruins and fantasy owners. Last season he led the Bruins defense with 51 points (eight goals and 43 assists) and his 25 power-play points will be sorely missed as well.

Nate Schmidt proclaimed himself close to 100 percent after sustaining an ankle injury while training in August. It is unclear if he will be playing in their first preseason game Sunday in Vancouver. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Schmidt will likely be one of the Golden Knights top defensemen this season providing valuable leadership and experience as the new squad comes together. Last season he posted three goals and 14 assists with a plus-22 rating with Washington. While he may have an opportunity to produce more offensively in a top four defense role his rating will take an obvious hit whike playing for an expansion team instead of the Capitals.

Martin Hanzal suffered an ankle injury while skating with teammates and will miss the start of training camp. According to coach Ken Hitchcock the goal is to get him as close to 100 percent for the start of the season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Last season he posted 20 goals and 19 assists in 71 games played. He finished with a minus-17 rating but most of that damage was with Arizona before he was dealt to Minnesota. Hanzal when he returns to action could be a nice fantasy sleeper playing along with the other offensive talent on the Stars roster.

Anton Slepyshev injured his ankle while training and is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp according to Ryan Rishaug of TSN. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: He played in 41 games last season for the Oilers and scored four goals with six assists. He is a candidate to join the Connor McDavid line this season yet it is too soon to tell if Slepyshev will be ready for the season opener against Calgary on October 4th.

Ryan Ellis is still recovering from knee surgery and will miss the start of the regular season. The injury which happened during the Predators Stanley Cup run is expected to take 4-6 months to heal which puts his return at around December. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year old defenseman posted career highs last season with 16 goals, 38 points and a plus-17 rating in 71 regular season games. With a loaded defense core Nashville can be patient with Ellis and gear towards another long playoff run.

Crosby cut across the Capitals crease to receive a pass and his left skate collided with that of Alex Ovechkin's, who was coming back to check him. Crosby lost his balance and while he was trying to recover from a low position, he crashed into Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen, who put up his arms and stick resulting in a hit to the head of Crosby. The Pens captain couldn't get up from the ice at first, but later was able to slide off on his own. The incident happened barely five minutes into the game, Crosby did not return and there is an update to come yet. Niskanen initially got a minor on the play that was elevated to a major penalty and a game misconduct on further assessment. The situation happened fast and it will be up to the league to decide whether it was a natural reaction or an intentional hit by Niskanen.

Fantasy Impact: It is definitely a huge blow for the Pens, who were able to tie the game late but lost in overtime. They have been able to overcome injuries and Malkin is playing like a man possessed since coming back from an injury of his own, but this could be their biggest loss at the worst time, especially if Crosby is diagnosed with a concussion.