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  • The IR Report: Playoff Edition

    In this weeks report we look at updates, players recently injured, the resulting suspensions, and more.

    The East

    Boston Bruins

    Adam McQuaid, Defense – Eye – Day-to-Day
    McQuaid did not travel with the team to Washington. He is close to a return, but is questionable for game four.

    Tuukka Rask, Goal – Groin – Day-to-Day
    The Bruins are going to be very cautious with Rasks groin injury. He is close to returning to back up Tim Thomas, but Claude Julien is being careful. “Because he’s a goaltender and the injury that he has, you can’t rush him back,’’ Julien said. “That’s all we need - for Tim to go down, he goes in, then he goes down after the first or second shot. We’re just making sure that when he’s back, he’s going to be 100 percent. Not 99, but 100 percent.’’

    Florida Panthers

    Marco Sturm, Wing – Lower Body – Day-to-Day
    Was questionable for game one, and continues to miss games due to a lower body injury.

    Ottawa Senators

    Daniel Alfredsson, Winger – Concussion – Day-to-Day
    Carl Hagelin received a three game suspension for his elbow to the Sens Captain. This is Alfredssons second concussion this season at the hands of the Rangers. Alfredsson did not play in game two, and was not in practice on Tuesday, or Wednesday. Will the loss of Alfredsson to the Sens cause them to collapse, or will they rally around their leader.

    http://youtu.be/jE5Nz2efcW8

    Philadelphia Flyers

    James Van Riemsdyk, Wing – Foot – Day-to-Day
    JVR is close to returning from his foot injury as he has returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Paul Martin, Defense – Undisclosed – Day-to-Day
    Martin will not play in game four as the Penguins face elimination. It is suspected martin suffered the injury as a result of a hit from Flyers Braden Schenn.

    Western Conference

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Marian Hossa, Wing – Undisclosed – Day-to-Day
    Raffi Torres strikes again. Torres delivered a devastating hit to Hossa Tuesday night that caused Hossa to be removed on a stretcher in a neck brace. He was later released from hospital and is currently resting at home. No further details are available at this time.

    http://youtu.be/elsAJxrn0fE

    Detroit Red Wings

    Darren Helm, Wing - Arm – Four-to-Five Months
    In his first game back Helm suffered an unfortunate injury as his forearm was lacerated by a skate blade. He had surgery that night. While he was fortunate to not have suffered any tendon damage and will make a full recovery his playoffs are over.

    Los Angeles Kings

    Kyle Clifford, Wing – Upper Body – Day-to-Day
    Clifford left the series opening game after being hit by Canucks Byron Bitz. Clifford has been replaced on the fourth line by Andrei Loktionov.

    http://youtu.be/6irIRUs1oEc

    Nashville Predators

    Hal Gill, Defense – Lower Body – Day-to-Day
    Gill is close to returning and was a game-day decision for game four. He is very close to playing his first post season game for the Predators.

    Phoenix Coyotes

    Martin Hanzal – Center – Lower Body – Day-to-Day
    Hanzal was a game-time decision for Wednesdays game three but was unable to play. He is expected back for game four.

    St. Louis Blues

    Jaroslav Halak, Goal – Lower Body – Day-to-Day
    Halak suffered an ankle injury after a collision with teammate Barret Jackman in game two. He returned to practice on Tuesday, but will not play or backup in game four.

    Vancouver Canucks

    Daniel Sedin, Wing – Concussion – Day-to-Day
    Daniel Sedin will be a game-time decision for Wednesdays game four as the Canucks face elimination.

    Suspended Players

    Raffi Torres, Phoenix Coyotes - Indefinite
    Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending an in person hearing scheduled for Friday for his hit on Marian Hossa Tuesday night.

    http://youtu.be/elsAJxrn0fE

    Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks – Available April 23
    Shaw received a three game suspension for his hit on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith

    http://youtu.be/j6Icb7Dhu7A

    Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers – Available April 23
    Hagelin received a three game suspension for his elbow to Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson.

    http://youtu.be/jE5Nz2efcW8

    Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators – Available April 18, 2012
    Carkner was suspended one game for his attack on Rangers Brian Boyle

    http://youtu.be/KtqDnXXotCc

    Arron Asham, Pittsburgh Penguins – Available Round Two
    Asham was suspended for four games after cross checking Brayden Schenn in the throat.

    http://youtu.be/Djukr02Sedw

    James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins – Available April 20
    The Penguins will also be without Neal as he is suspended for one game for his hit to the Flyers Sean Couturier in game three.

    http://youtu.be/lUcoBa1kOaQ

    Craig Adams, Pittsburgh Penguins – Available April 20
    Adams received an automatic one game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of game three.

    Byron Bitz, Vancouver Canucks – Available April 18
    Bitz has served his two game suspension for his boarding hit on Kyle Clifford in game one.

    http://youtu.be/6irIRUs1oEc
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