Blackhawks fans watched Jonathan Toews skate off the ice in pain on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, and a roster already missing Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell had another hole to fill.
Unfortunately for the NHL, the Hawks aren’t the only team missing a key player or two right now. And injuries to significant players could have a major impact on the postseason in the Western Conference.
- St. Louis
Forward Vladimir Tarasenko will miss at least six weeks after requiring hand surgery.
Defenseman Cam Fowler will miss 2-4 more weeks with a sprained MCL.
Forward Matt Duchene will miss four weeks with a knee injury.
- San Jose
Forward Tomas Hertl has been out since Dec. 19 with a knee injury.
Defenseman Brad Stuart has been out since Feb. 7 with an upper-body injury.
Forward Adam Burish broke a finger last week and is out indefinitely.
Forward Jason Zucker is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a right leg injury.
Goaltender Nicklas Backstrom will miss the rest of the season after having abdominal surgery.
Goaltender Mike Smith will miss 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.
Forward Erik Cole will miss another week with an upper-body injury.
Forward Rich Peverley’s season is over after having heart surgery.
The only team in the Western Conference playoff picture with a “clean” injury report right now is the LA Kings, but a number of their key players have been dealing with injuries throughout the season.