Weekend Injury Update: Toews, Stepan, Neuvirth, Nash, Parenteau
(4/6/12) It's official, Jonathan Toews (concussion) will not play Saturday. In an interview on NHL.com, Toews says he is "progressing," but that returning on Saturday would mean rushing his recovery. This is not good news going into playoff pool drafts this weekend. Toews' injury status affects not only his playoff potential, but also the entire aspirations of the team he captains. To take a line out of our 2012 Playoff Pool Guide, Chicago's heart doesn't beat without him. Toews hopes to be ready for next week.
Rangers' coach John Tortorella is furious over Brooks Orpik's hit on Derek Stepan in NY's loss to PIT on Thursday. The Rangers are tight lipped about Stepan's current condition, but he is definitely questionable for Saturday - even Game 1 of the playoffs could be in jeopardy. Here's what the coach had to say about the hit:
Big news in regards to Washington's goaltending. With Tomas Vokoun already out, Michal Neuvirth left Thursday's game with a leg injury and Braden Holtby took over. If both Vokoun and Neuvirth remain out, Holtby would move into the starting position. He's a capable goalie who actually won over the starting spot last year for a time being. Neuvirth is listed as day-to-day, and we sense he will be ready for Game 1.
Philadelphia fans are going to have to wait another two or three weeks before James van Riemsdyk gets back into uniform. Van Riemsdyk is dealing with a foot injury and he should not be drafted with expectations that he will play in Round 1. Considering that the Flyers will face the Penguins, his season could be over. (Although, the PHI/PIT series is going to be the most closely contested of all the first round series.)
Rick Nash may not have a chance to reach the 30 goal mark after all. He's dealing with a back injury that he suffered on Thursday. Watch the pre-game on Saturday before making any roster moves, as Nash is considered a game time decision.
Islanders' assist-man PA Parenteau is likely finished for the season. He sprained his ankle on Thursday and did not finish the game against the Jets. Officially he's day-to-day, but if you are relying on him this Saturday, look for a game-time update.
Chris Neil's regular season is finished. He fell awkwardly into the boards during a shootout drill at practice and will not play Saturday. The Calgary Sun is reporting the injury as "serious," so get an update before your fantasy draft if you are keying on the Senators' #2 tough guy.
Other injury notes: Boston D-man Adam McQuaid attempted a return on Thursday, but did not finish the game. He continues to be listed as day-to-day with an eye/head injury. Alex Tanguay missed Thursday's game with an "undisclosed" injury. He could be done for the year; he has already been forced to make way for Curtis Glencross on the Flames' top line. And finally, Dan Cleary is day-to-day with a knee injury, but expect him back for Game 1 of the playoffs.