Thurs Injury Update: Toews to Play Tonight
(4/12/12) Well, it looks like Daniel Sedin's dad really is the best source of information on his son's concussion - Daniel was not in the Canucks lineup for game one.
But what's Daniel's status going forward? According to Tommy, apparently his son is still having headaches, which means there's no timetable for a return. Considering Daniel practiced on Monday, then scaled back Tuesday, then shut things down altogether yesterday, our guess is that the exertion triggered further symptoms. Of course, that's pure speculation, and we're simply connecting the dots. According to concussion protocol, Daniel needs to remain symptom free for a week before resuming action, so our best guess is that he's at least a week away.
Speaking of concussions and last night's games, Kings forward Kyle Clifford may have suffered one when he was hit into the boards by Byron Bitz. Cifford is questionable for Game Two on Friday.
And looking at tonight's games...
Blackhawks vs. Coyotes
The big news of today is that Jonathan Toews will play in Game One against the Coyotes. That's great news for fantasy owners who drafted him, and it's also positive for those who drafted other Blackhawks.
Meanwhile, Dave Bolland and Andrew Brunette are also expected to be in the lineup.
For the Coyotes, Adrian Aucoin was listed as questionable the last few days, but he is probable for tonight.
Bruins vs. Capitals
There isn't any new information for the Bruins that we didn't already know. As expected, Johnny Boychuk is a go. Tuukka Rask and Adam McQuaid are not.
For the Caps, Michal Neuvirth is confirmed out, so it's Braden Holtby in net for Game One.
Blues vs. Sharks
Blues netminder Brian Elliott is fine after suffering a minor upper-body injury in the final game of the season, and he'll back-up Jaroslav Halak tonight. On the other hand, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is not expected to play tonight, although that is yet to be confirmed. We'll call him doubtful for now.
For the Sharks, the status of Ryane Clowe, Torrey Mitchell, and Colin White was unknown earlier in the week, but the trio is expected to be active tonight for Game One.
Rangers vs. Senators
Not much to report in this one. Marian Gaborik has a case of the flu, but he'll suit up.
And for the Sens, Chris Neil is good to go after missing the final game of the season with and upper-body injury.