Friday Injury Update: Daniel Sedin, Clarkson, Briere, Ballard, Vrbata
(4/13/12) Friday represents Game 2 for all but one series, NJ v. FLA. Here is our list of injury notes heading into the action.
First, in the Devils/Panthers' matchup, David Clarkson is probable to play. He has been out with a LBI. Anton Volchenkov is also likely; he's been dealing with an illness, but the playoffs appear to be the perfect cure. Jacob Josefson (fractured wrist) and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) remain out. Matt Bradley (concussion) and Jack Skille (shoulder) are still on the shelf for the Panthers.
In Vancouver, Daniel Sedin remains out. Obviously, with the playoffs anything can change with a moment's notice, so if you are utilizing daily roster moves in your pool we advise getting the final update from the pregame warm-up. Keith Ballard (concussion) is finally ready to go, however he likely will not draw in until there is a hole on the Canucks' back end. Tanev, Rome and Alberts all currently rank above Ballard on the depth chart. For LA, Brad Richardson underwent emergency appendectomy surgery last Monday and remains out. Kyle Clifford, victim of the Byron Bitz hit in Game 1, is also expected to miss Game 2. Bitz of course is now suspended for two games.
In Game 2 of the battle of Pennsylvania, the big story (in case you somehow missed it) is that Daniel Briere's back contusions went away and he returned to lead the Flyers in Game 1 with 2 goals. He's a point/game in his playoff career; what a rock star. Marc-Andre Bourdon (UBI) is questionable for the game, after injuring himself in Game 1, while Matt Niskanen will also likely not play - it will be his 4th straight missed contest.
Just one new note from the the DET/NSH series. Nashville D-man Hal Gill (LBI) is questionable for a Game 2 return. In case you missed it: Darren Helm had wrist surgery and is done for the year.
And finally, Radim Vrbata (PHX) left Thursday night's game against Chicago with a head injury. He is day-to-day, but undoubtedly there will be more on this injury over the coming two days. Check back for the update.
Enjoy the action tonight.