While it’s true that every team deals with injuries, it seems like some get bit by that bug to an almost ridiculous degree. Aside from possibly the New York Islanders (a team who lost their best defenseman Mark Streit
before a single game was played and also dealt without Kyle Okposo for most of the campaign), the St. Louis Blues were probably hit the hardest by injuries this season.
They fought major injuries to David Perron, Andy McDonald and Roman Polak. Meanwhile players such as Jaroslav Halak, TJ Oshie and seemingly their entire defense missed time with moderate problems.
In other words, it’s easy to be cheesy and call them the Black & Blues. You can add two other significant injuries to important players to the docket,
as the team announced that solid forward Alex Steen and gritty defenseman Barret Jackman are out. Both are expected to miss four to six weeks, meaning that each player is unlikely to play again this season.
Steen is dealing with a high ankle sprain while Jackman underwent surgery on a broken right finger Thursday morning.
For those who might worry about seeing them play for St. Louis again, they should be back next year barring a trade. Jackman’s deal expires after the 2011-12 season while Steen is locked up through 13-14.
Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with
The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.
Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and
Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.
provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.
The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to
Patrick … Eaves.
Death, taxes and
Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.
OK, the third thing on that list isn’t
technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.
It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.
This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as
Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.
One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.
Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman
Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.
At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.
“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said,
according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:
Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.
The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.
Regular Selke winner
Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.
That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward
Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as
Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.
as unlikely, but still.)