It seems like every time I turn around there’s yet another injury in the NHL. And I’m not talking about some scrub player who should probably be in the minors, I’m talking about legit NHL players. The players teams rely on to win.
I’ve said it before the season started and I’ll say it again. The team to stay the healthiest will be the team to make the playoffs and have a deep playoff run. Well so far, that stands true.
Over in the west, Chicago has no key players currently injured and Anaheim has no game changing players on injury reserve. Both teams a top of their conferences, with no one in range of catching them.
In the East Montreal floats a top the conference with no injured players. The same goes for the Penguins, no injuries and they are just two points out of 1st place.
What about the rest of the teams who are suffering from the injury bug this season?
Good general managers who have deep rosters will be the ones to overcome key injuries to stay alive this season. For example, Ottawa has depth in net and it’s paying off this season, keeping them in the hunt for the playoffs.
Another good team with depth would be Philadelphia. Yes, the Flyers are struggling to stay alive in the East but they’re hanging onto the last straw while other teams with no depth are stuck in the basements sleeping with the roaches. With no chance of ever coming out.
Let’s take a look at game changing players that are currently injured. Holding back their team from possibly getting a playoff chance this season.
This list was compiled on 3/6/13
Calgary Flames injuries
Miikka Kiprusoff has been placed on the injured reserve with a slight Grade 2 MCL sprain he suffered on February 5th. He has resumed light skating and remains questionable to return Wednesday against the Sharks.
Carolina Hurricanes injuries
Joni Pitkanen was forced from Saturday’s game after suffering a lower body injury. He missed the last two games and remains questionable to play Thursday against the Canadiens.
Cam Ward is expected to spend the next six-to-eight weeks on the injured reserve, after suffering a third degree MCL sprain on March 3rd against the Panthers.
Colorado Avalanche injuries
Milan Hejduk is dealing with a torso injury and did not play in Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings. He remains questionable to play Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
Erik Johnson has not played since suffering a concussion on February 11th. He has resumed skating but will continue to miss an indefinite amount of time.
Steve Downie left the game against the Kings on January 22nd with what has been confirmed as a torn ACL. He has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Columbus Blue Jackets injuries
James Wisniewski is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks after being diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot.
Brandon Dubinsky has been placed on the injured reserve with a left knee injury. He skated on February 27th but is still without a timetable for his return.
Detroit Red Wings injuries
Valtteri Filppula has missed the last three games with a sore shoulder and is expected to be out of the lineup for a week.
Mikael Samuelsson suffered a non-displaced fractured finger on February 19th and will be sidelined for at least two weeks.
Todd Bertuzzi has been dealing with a nagging back problem for several weeks. He has been experiencing so much pain that he had to be admitted to the hospital. He has been placed on the IR and will be out for an indefinite amount of time as he recovers.
Darren Helm has been placed on the injured reserve due to a small ligament strain in his back. He is still unable to skate, and is without a timetable for his return.
Edmonton Oilers injuries
Nikolai Khabibulin will be out for an indefinite amount of time after being placed on the injured reserve with an injured groin.
Florida Panthers injuries
Kris Versteeg has been placed on the injured reserve with an injury to the cartilage and muscle around his rib cage. He is considered questionable to be ready for Thursday’s game against the Capitals.
Stephen Weiss will miss the remainder of the season as he requires surgery to repair an injured wrist.
Scottie Upshall is dealing with a lower body injury and is expected to be out of the lineup for a week.
Jose Theodore is expected to spend the next five-to-six weeks on the injured reserve. He is dealing with a torn right groin, but will not require surgery.
Ed Jovanovski is nursing an injured knee after being injured on January 29th against the Lightning. He has not played since and is still without a timetable for a return.
Sean Bergenheim will ungergo surgery and will miss the remainder of the season due to a groin injury he suffered while playing overseas. Well…according to some scumbag lawyers, he suffered the injury while playing for Florida. Yet, he still went overseas to play during the lockout. Interesting.
Minnesota Wild injuries
Cal Clutterbuck is dealing with a left thigh contusion after a knee-on-knee hit from the Oilers’ Taylor Hall on February 21st. He missed Tuesday’s game against the Blackhawks and remains questionable for Saturday’s game against the Predators.
Montreal Canadiens injuries
Rene Bourque has been placed on the injured reserve with a concussion and will be out for an indefinite amount of time.
New Jersey Devils injuries
Martin Brodeur has been placed on the IR with back soreness. He did not play in the last six games and remains questionable to return Thursday against the Sabres.
Dainius Zubrus is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing successful wrist surgery on February 14th.
New York Rangers injuries
Marc Staal left Tuesday’s game against the Flyers after taking a puck to the right eye off of a deflection. He did not return and is considered questionable for Thursday’s game against the Islanders.
Brad Richards was absent from practice Monday due to a back injury. He was checked from behind into the boards Sunday against the Sabres and could be feeling the effects of the hit. He missed Tuesday’s game against the Flyers and remains questionable for Thursday against the Islanders.
Michael Sauer continues to deal with post-concussion syndrome and is still without a timetable for a return.
Ottawa Senators injuries
Milan Michalek has been sidelined since February 13th because of a twisted knee but has returned to practice. He is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
Craig Anderson is dealing with a sprained ankle and has missed the last five games. He will not travel with the team for Wednesday’s game to play against the Maple Leafs.
Erik Karlsson suffered a lacerated left Achilles on February 13th against the Penguins after getting cut by a skate blade. He has undergone surgery and is to miss the remainder of the season as the typical recovery time for such an injury usually takes three-to-four months.
Guillaume Latendresse is dealing with symptoms of whiplash and will be out for an indefinite amount of time as he recovers.
Jason Spezza has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back and has undergone surgery. He has begun skating to rehab his back and is on target to return in early April.
Philadelphia Flyers injuries
Nicklas Grossman left Tuesday’s game against the Rangers with an apparent lower body injury. He did not return and remains questionable to play in Thursday’s game against the Penguins.
Andrej Meszaros is dealing with the flu. He missed Tuesday’s game against the Rangers and remains questionable for Thursday’s game against the Penguins.
Matt Read will miss six weeks after tearing his ribcage muscles on February 20th against the Penguins.
St. Louis Blues injuries
Alexander Steen has been placed on the injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in practice on February 26th. He will be out for an indefinite amount of time.
Jamie Langenbrunner has a torn labrum in his left hip and will require season ending surgery.
Andy McDonald is considered week-to-week with a left knee injury in practice after colliding with a teammate.
Vladimir Tarasenko suffered a concussion against the Avalanche on February 20th and has been placed on the injured reserve.
Tampa Bay Lightning injuries
Mathieu Garon left Monday’s game against the Penguins with an apparent groin injury and was unable to return. He did not play in Tuesday’s game against the Devils and remains questionable for Thursday’s game against the Jets.
Ryan Malone has been placed on the injured reserve with a lower body injury. He was ruled out of the last two games and remains questionable for Thursday’s game against the Jets.
Benoit Pouliot is dealing with an upper body injury and is expected to miss a week of action.
Vancouver Canucks injuries
Kevin Bieksa sat out the last two games with a groin injury. He is considered questionable to play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Ryan Kesler is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks after suffering a broken right foot.
Manny Malhotra has been placed in the injured reserve due to a re-occurrence of visual symptoms stemming from the career-threatening eye injury he suffered last season. Out of concern for his on-ice safety and long-term health, he will miss the remainder of the season.
Washington Capitals injuries
Mike Green continues to deal with a nagging groin injury and remains questionable to play Thursday against the Panthers.
Marcus Johansson is dealing with an upper body injury and will miss an indefinite amount of time.
Brooks Laich has yet to play this season because of a lingering groin injury and still has no timetable yet for when he will be able to return.
Winnipeg Jets injuries
Tobias Enstrom has not played since leaving the game against the Penguins on February 15th with a shoulder injury. He will remain out for an indefinite amount of time.
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