Playoff Injury Ninja Ticker (5/13)
With just four teams left now, you would expect the numbers to go down to near nothing as so many are playing hurt. Maybe teams are hiding a few bumps and bruises. At any rate….
Here is today’s Injury Ticker amount:
Well the numbers dropped off quite a bit from 20 last week. We do not count Rick Rypien as we firmly believe he could play but is being kept out for a reason that is unknown. Players that are probable are not being listed as they are very likely to play barring some kind of unexpected setback.
Here is the injury breakdown for this week:
LOWER BODY: 1
UPPER BODY: 1
HEAD: 3 (Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Kubina out Gm1)
LEG: 1 (Mikael Samuelsson questionable Gm 1)
EYE: 1 (Manny Malhotra skating but that is it)
FOOT: 1 (Sweatt still out)
Some think this is a thankless chore to follow thse injuries but necessary especially for fantasy purposes as well as the league. It gives the fan an idea of what some of the ailments to look for are.
Expect to be quite a few injuries that just do not get reported unless they are obvious. No one wants to be held out unless it is near life or death. Those are the injuries we really watch for. You can guarantee there will be several injury scenarios like that in this round.
The Red Wings were clearly a team that is playing with some injured parts. Pavel Datsyuk cannot take faceoffs at all or fire a slapshot with his wrist injury. Clearly Johan Franzen tweaked his ankle again and was rendered moot. Add in the injuries to Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary in Game 7 and clearly Detroit was playing with a shorthanded deck.
The Flyers indeed had a MASH unit as no less than 8 Flyers, including Chris Pronger and Mike Richards were playing with injury or multiple ailments as well (both of those guys went in for surgery and several others). It is the playoffs and that is what is expected.
Again we want to thank all the beat writers, radio and media outlets, and the fans as well for all of their help. Without them, there is no way to get an accurate count on the injuries. All numbers are compiled from these sources to give the reader a more accurate breakdown of what is going on. See you next week and hopefully your fantasy team is not riddled with injuries as the playoffs continue into the Conference Finals.