NHL Notes: Van Riemsdyk sidelined again

James van Riemsdyk has been sidelined by a broken bone in his left foot. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

James van Riemsdyk has been sidelined by a broken bone in his left foot. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:29 PM ET

Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk, who returned just two weeks ago from a concussion, has been sidelined by a broken bone in his left foot.

Van Riemsdyk will have surgery Tuesday to repair the bone and insert a plate. General manager Paul Holmgren said van Riemsdyk would be out four to six weeks.

The 22-year-old was hurt when he blocked a shot Thursday night.

He has 11 goals and 13 assists this season, despite missing 20 games to injury.

LIDSTROM INJURY LINGERS

Veteran defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom won't return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup until next week because of a bruised ankle.

"I was hoping it was going to be a couple of days and I'd miss one game and be back at it, but this is lingering longer than I was hoping for," the Detroit Red Wings captain said Friday.

The 41-year-old was injured when struck by a shot last Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. He missed a game last Tuesday and was scheduled to sit out both Friday night against Minnesota and Sunday against Chicago.

SETBACK FOR WILD

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom's injury might not be as severe as first feared.

The 34-year-old will be sidelined two to four weeks with a strained groin, the Wild announced Friday on Twitter.

Backstrom was writhing in pain after making a save Thursday night, eight minutes shy of the three-minute mark against the Montreal Canadiens. He couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he skated off the ice.

The Wild's No. 1 goalie has a 17-17-6 record this season with a 2.44 goals-against average and his absence could hurt the team's fading playoff hopes.

The Wild has recalled Matt Hackett to back up goalie Josh Harding, who is now the first-stringer.

LETANG SYMPTOMS 'NOT DRAMATIC'

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma sounded a note of optimism regarding the health of defenceman Kris Letang, who was the victim of a hard hit Wednesday from Dallas Stars forward Eric Nystrom.

It's believed Letang has suffered another concussion -- he missed 21 games with one earlier this season -- as a result of the hit to his upper body.

"(Letang) remains with us (in Denver) and he's going home with us after the game (Saturday night against the Avalanche)," Bylsma said Friday.

Bylsma said the defenceman was suffering symptoms but "not dramatic at this point."

Letang will be evaluated by doctors when the Pens get back to Pittsburgh.

BRIEFLY

The error likely has been caught by the time you read this but on the ESPN website, the player profile of Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross was accompanied Friday by a photo of Manny Ramirez in his new Oakland Athletics cap ... Gabriel Landeskog was selected by the NHL as rookie for the month of February. The Colorado Avalanche winger had seven goals and six assists in 12 games ... Todd McLellan ran the San Jose Sharks practice Friday, five days after being hit by a stick and suffering a concussion. However, he needs to pass further tests before getting the OK to go behind the bench for a game ... The Phoenix Coyotes have signed free-agent centre Brendan Shinnimin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Shinnimin, who plays for the Tri-City Americans, leads the Western Hockey League with 117 points ... Brian Boucher, out for more than two months because of a lower-body injury, is set to return to the Caroline Hurricanes as the backup goalie. Justin Peters appeared in seven games as Cam Ward's backup while Boucher was recuperating.


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