Niklas Backstrom will miss the gold medal game on Sunday because
of a migraine he allegedly used a banned substance. While a migraine using allergy meds may or may not have an impact on his play when he returns to the NHL in a couple of days, plenty of players are trading their national colors for a spot on the IR.
Here’s a brief look at the list of significant injuries suffered in Sochi:
NY Islanders: F John Tavares will miss the rest of the regular season (knee).
NY Rangers: F Mats Zuccarello will miss 3-4 weeks (hand).
Detroit: F Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least 2 months (back surgery).
Pittsburgh: D Paul Martin could miss up to 1 month (hand).
Florida: F Alexsander Barkov will miss 4-6 weeks (knee).
Columbus: D Fedor Tyutin will miss 2-3 weeks (ankle).
Florida: F Tomas Kopecky’s tournament ended early (concussion).