Thursday, April 26, 2007

Let the war of attrition begin

Well, injuries are always a big story in the postseason, given they can seriously change the balance in a series as more and more inexperienced bodies are brought up to fill in (think the 2006 Buffalo Sabres, who were likely to be crowned Stanley Cup champs had falling anvils not taken out half their defence core).

What's been surprising so far this year, however, is just how beat up the bodies have become through only one round of the playoffs. Following Michal Rozsival's unfortunate departure from last night's game, my count has 16 significant players either on the shelf or battling injury — quite a high number given we likely only know a small fraction of the actual damage Round 1 inflicted.

One thing's for sure: The Rangers can't win their series without their top defenceman, and the Canucks aren't going anywhere playing Lukas Krajicek 24 minutes a night.



At 3:33 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

The Ducks are doing without Todd Marchant, but it really hasn't hurt them yet.

At 3:45 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

The Ducks are doing without Todd Marchant, but it really hasn't hurt them yet.

The ducks haven't been really challenged yet

At 3:55 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Well, I was trying to be tactful :)

At 6:01 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger mike said...

The Rangers do need Roszival to be healthy, but Thomas Pock is a pretty good player--he's been much better in the playoffs than Paul Mara, and would've definitely been sharper than Karel Rachunek was for the Rangers last night.

Overall, they were a little rusty, and Lundqvist was not that solid last night after a stellar first period. He must be great for the Rangers to have a chance.

At 6:05 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I really didn't get the decision to go with Rachunek after he's been sidelined so long and the team has played so well in his absence. Curious call by Renney.

At 10:49 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

Cheechoo looked pretty good tonight.

What is scary is, as you alluded to, who is hurt that we don't know about.

I seem to remember a list of San Jose Sharks who needed surgery after last year's playoffs. All played the last series against the Oilers but all were banged up pretty bad.

At 3:22 AM, April 27, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

Particularly Michalek, who suffered that couragectomy at the skilled hands of Torres.

At 6:50 AM, April 27, 2007, Blogger mike said...

James--have to agree with you on the Rachunek decision. Renney should've left well enough alone. Roszie's injury really hurt in game 1 because it forced Renney to overplay Rachunek. He's a strange player--excellent some nights and horrendous on others.

I like Tommy Pock though. Good wheels, good offensive ability, and he's a quietly fiery guy. He's a little bit of a risk-taker which can get scary due to his youth, though. For his mobility alone, he should have been dressed for game 1.


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