Will the Red Wings Make the Playoffs?

01/04/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Five

Coming into last year, the Detroit Red Wings looked stronger than ever.  Fresh off a dominating cup win they added arguably the best sniper on the market and seemed poised to create another dynasty, even in this cash strapped salary cap era.

This year certainly seems to be another story.  Gone are Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson amongst others leaving the team with roughly 31 percent of the offense to replace.

Who did they bring in?

Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Jason Williams and Patrick Eaves amongst others.  Those four combined for a whopping 54 goals last year, a little more than half of the 89 goals that left this past offseason.  If you subtract 35 goals from last year’s totals the team still would finish 7th in scoring and not first.

GM Ken Holland planned on using rookies and young players such as Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in scoring roles, hoping it would force them to step up their games and make up the remaining 35 goals needed.  What Holland did not expect were injuries.  Injuries and injuries alone could derail all hope this team had to make the playoffs, let alone another return to the Stanley Cup.

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Injury Updates 01/02/2010

01/02/2010
Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Scott Walker and Sergei Samsonov out for today’s match. They will be replaced by Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty.
  • Eric Cole, Joe Corvo and Chad LaRose remain out.

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal expected out another couple of weeks.

Vancouver Canucks

  • Kevin Bieksa, Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson out.

Dallas Stars

  • Everybody healthy!

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker, Todd Fedoruk and Jeff Halpern still out.

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Injury Updates 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
New Jersey Devils v Pittsburgh Penguins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • No updates reported.

Boston Bruins

Vancouver Canucks

  • Shane O’Brien returns to the lineup tonight.  Not an injury, but he is/was fantasy relevant. [Jason Botchford]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jamie Langenbrunner and Rob Niedermayer play tonight.  Jay Pandolfo will not. [Fire & Ice]

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Injury Updates 11/30/2009

11/30/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Washington Capitals

  • Shaone Morrisonn skated but will not play, Karl Alzner play in his place. [In the Room]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Joni Pitkanen will play tonight. [Canes Now]
  • Scott Walker is doubtful for tonight.  Cory LaRose did not practice while Cam Ward practiced with goalie coach Tom Barasso. [Canes Country]

Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers

Buffalo Sabres

  • Paul Gaustad will not play. [Sabres.com]
  • Still awaiting word on the status of Craig Rivet.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Mike Komisarek expected back when the Leafs face the Sabres. [TSN]

Florida Panthers

Atlanta Thrashers

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Methot out two games with an upper body injury. [Tom Reed]
  • Andrew Murray could return Thursday. [Tom Reed]
  • Derek Dorsett out at least three more games. [Tom Reed]

Dallas Stars

  • No injuries to date.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Patrick Eaves likely out tonight with Kirk Maltby replacing him.  [Mlive.com]
  • Valtteri Filppula should be back on the ice. [Free Press]

Colorado Avalanche

  • T.J. Galiardi questionable, Milan Hejduk out for the night. [All Things Avs]

Tampa Bay Lightning

Calgary Flames

  • Both Cory Sarich and Rene Bourque remain out indefinitely with undisclosed injuries.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Bourque could play Thursday at Phoenix. [Flames Insider]

Nashville Predators

  • No injuries to date.

Around the League

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Daniel Briere still down with the flu, but should be close to 100 percent for Thursday’s game. Simon Gagne could return in three weeks, while Darroll Powe and Blair Betts are out until January.  [Broad Street Bull]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer practiced today. [Fire & Ice]
  • Johnny Oduya set to practice with the team tomorrow.  [Tom Gulitti]

Minnesota Wild

  • Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen practicing with the Wild. [Wild Now]

New York Islanders

Montreal Canadiens

  • Matt D’Agostini and Scott Gomez expected to play tomorrow.  [Habs Inside/Out]

Los Angeles Kings

  • Rob Scuderi questionable while Ryan Smyth took part in a “fairly intensive workout.” [LA Kings Insider]

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