Weds Injury Update: D. Sedin, Toews, Lundqvist, Price
(4/4/12) If you'll allow us, let's do a little speculating and start today's injury report off with a little reality-check rant. We've been sounding the alarm on Daniel Sedin louder and louder over the last few days, and our concern-level continues to grow. The Canucks have said from the time of the injury that he'll be ready for round one, but it's a concussion! There's never a timetable, so there's no way to know when the symptoms will subside. So far, they haven't...
Daniel's teammates are saying all the right things - he's progressing, he's getting better every day, blah blah blah - and the mainstream media is eating it up. But as Howie Meeker used to say, stop it right there! The playoffs start a week from today and Daniel Sedin is not cleared for contact. He hasn't started skating, he hasn't practiced, and if the playoffs started today he wouldn't be playing. That's the reality of the situation. Do you believe he'll make a miraculous recovery in a week? Sure, maybe. But it's time to acknowledge the possibility that Daniel Sedin might not be ready for the playoffs. We're still clinging to the belief that the Canucks are being truthful, and hopefully we'll get word that it's all systems go here in the next few days, but the longer it goes the more we wonder.
Another player ailing for the Canucks, Zack Kassian was unable to finish last night's game after suffering what may have been a shoulder injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
And in more concussion news, we can confirm that Jonathan Toews will not make his return on Thursday. Instead, he's likely to play in the Blackhawks' final game on Saturday against Detroit. If he comes out looking ok, we'll definitely be bumping him up the rankings in the Playoff Guide.
We can also confirm that Habs netminder Carey Price has a "mild" concussion and is done for the remainder of the year.
Another situation we're monitoring; Henrik Lundqvist had his arm wrapped in ice after Tuesday's game against the Flyers, and he'll likely rest Thursday when the Rangers take on the Penguins. He was hit by a Claude Giroux shot, so it sounds like it's just a bruise, and we don't expect it to affect him for the playoffs.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was also injured last night. According to the Boston Globe, Boychuk took an "awkward" hit from Arron Asham and left the ice without putting any weight on his left leg. In another report, Bs coach Claude Julien was quoted Wednesday, "He was seeing our doctor this morning and we haven't had the results yet." We'll assume that "results" refers to an MRI, meaning the doctors are looking for structural damage. We should know more tomorrow.
Also affecting owners of other Bruins players, the team left behind Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron as they travelled to Ottawa. All three players are 100%, but coach Julien obviously hates fantasy hockey and doesn't care about your stupid plastic trophy. He decided it was more important to rest the trio for the playoffs.
Lastly, Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will serve his one game suspension tonight against the Blues. And for St. Louis, B.J. Crombeen is doubtful with an undisclosed injury.
Enjoy the games tonight!