Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Russell (knee) has a second-degree MCL sprain and will miss the next 4-6 weeks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
ROTOWIRE FANTASY ANALYSIS
The Flames were dealt a dose of bad news Monday, as two of their more productive scorers in Russell and Curtis Glencross were both ruled out for at least a month. The Russell injury is probably the more damaging of the two from a fantasy perspective, as the scoring acumen he's demonstrated (16 points in 36 games) is something of a rarity for a defenseman. Russell has further supplemented his value with 105 blocked shots and 23 hits on the season. He'll be missed on a Flames blue line that's already short on top-four defensemen thanks to Dennis Wideman's injury.