TUES Injury Update: Daniel Sedin, Alfredsson, Halak, Mike Smith
(4/17/12) The huge news today is that Daniel Sedin has flown to L.A. to join his teammates, and suddenly there's at least some chance he could play Wednesday in Game Four. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Daniel is "cleared for practice with the team," so Daniel is still questionable, but it's a step in the right direction (as in actually being present in the city where the game is to be played...). Who knows whether it's just gamesmanship on the part of the desperate Canucks, they haven't exactly been forthcoming with information, but the news does offer a slight glimmer of hope to those of you needing a miracle from Vancouver.
We also have an update on the status of Daniel Alfredsson, who missed Game Three with what is believed to be a concussion. Apparently Alfie tried to practice today, but he suffered a setback and remains questionable for Wednesday.
If you selected one Blues goalie, hopefully you handcuffed the other. Jaroslav Halak missed last night's game after exiting Game Two with a lower-body injury, and it seems to be a foot or ankle, as Halak was sporting a walking cast today. Brian Elliott takes the reins for at least the immediate future - he backstopped the Blues to 4-3 win over the Sharks Monday.
Claude Giroux owners had a little scare when their star player took an elbow to the head from James Neal on Sunday, but Giroux is fine. He'll be 100% for Game Four.
The Coyotes are expected to have Martin Hanzal in the lineup tonight for Game Three against the Hawks, although the official line is that Hanzal is a game-time decision. He left Saturday's game with an undisclosed upper-body injury and was unable to return.
It's not an injury, but Hawks rookie Andrew Shaw may face discipline for a collision with Coyotes netminder Mike Smith in Game Two on Saturday. Shaw clipped Smith's head behind the net on this hit and will find out his fate today...
As for Mike Smith, the Coyotes goaltender was on the ice for practice this morning, although he's listed as a game-time decision. A lot of people are speculating that Smith is okay and the Coyotes are just hoping to influence any discipline that Shaw may receive, but who knows? It was a hard bump... we'll see if Smith suits up tonight.
Meanwhile, Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom awaits word on possible discipline for this cross-check on Rich Peverley at the end of last night's game...
And it's been a physical start to the playoffs, as James Neal and Arron Asham of the Penguins each face hearings today as well - Neal for an elbow on Claude Giroux, Asham for a cross-check to Brayden Schenn.
That's it for Tuesday. Enjoy the games tonight!