Playoff Injury Ninja Ticker (5/23)
WRITTEN BY CHRIS WASSEL | 22 MAY 2011
Well what do you know the Injury Ninja is on the loose again. Is anyone really surprised? However, the more noticeable injuries will get our full attention now because there are not quite as much injury news to follow. It is always good to wait a bit for just such a reason.
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 went up a bit from 9 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: 4 (Thornton shoulder, Ehrhoff out)
HEAD: 3 (Kubina OUT now Rome for VAN)
SPORTS HERNIA: 1 (Mikael Samuelsson done for year.)
EYE: 1 (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 the unexpected as far as injuries. 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.
Vancouver was without two defensemen on Sunday and yet they still defeated San Jose to go up three games to one in their series. The injury to Joe Thornton will be huge as far as how well “Jumbo Joe” can play in Game 5. Clearly it is in the shoulder area and was quite painful. He will play on but again, for how long or how effective.
It is the playoffs and that is what is expected. Now Mikael Samuelson did suffer a sports hernia and adductor tendon tear. He will be back in time for training camp but that is about as far as it goes.
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.