It is hard to believe that there are less than two weeks left in the regular season. Yet, here we are. Injuries are decimating rosters and hey, do not forget the flu and other illnesses and conditions that seem to follow. There is a level of nuts that can kill a team this time of year. Also, injuries become more and more vague as the playoffs draw near. You may have to call whatever acronym of an investigative television show because they may have better luck at figuring it out.
People joke about this but it is really true. Unless it is widely seen and even then, coaches are much less willing to disclose injuries than they are in October. In October, they would sing like canaries. Now, their lips are sealed!
It is time to dig into the Atlantic injuries of the week. Yes, Pavel Datsyuk returned on Saturday so that one got chopped from the cutting board.
Atlantic Division IR Report
Tyler Ennis — C — Buffalo Sabres
Will we see Ennis again this season? Let’s be honest with ourselves and say probably not. If it is so much as a hangnail in Buffalo, the player may be shut down. Call it for what it is Buffalo! Right now this is currently being listed as a minor shoulder injury but maybe it is more significant? The timing seems weird but here is something unique on what Buffalo is missing.
— SportsBettingOnline (@SBOpicks) March 22, 2015
That is something else. Will you see that again this season? Don’t count on it. The best thing is Ennis has really matured into a nice hockey player and there is still more upside. That is even more encouraging for Buffalo fans but that again is the future and not the present.
Riley Sheahan — C — Detroit Red Wings
Just when it looked like Sheahan was starting to really put it all together, this happens. The upper body injury is day to day for now but the Detroit Red Wings were really reaping benefits from the kid line and the fact that the center could play in the top six when needed and not look lost. Those are essential qualities to have this time of year where every game becomes so crucial. Unfortunately, we have more news.
Mike Babcock Says Center Riley Sheahan (Upper Body) Will Be 'Out for a Bit;' 12 Goals & 34 Points in 73 Games
— phil evans (@philthebakerbjs) March 27, 2015
Anytime you see the words “out for a bit” that usually means at least a couple weeks. Maybe it does not in this case but more often that not, well you know. We will keep you posted on if anything changes but the fact remains that Sheahan is out indefinitely and that is not good in any way for Detroit.
Nick Bjugstad – C — Florida Panthers
This one hurt a lot for Florida fans and its playoff chances. Bjugstad is out for the rest of the regular season after having back surgery. On the bright side, he will be ready for training camp. The bad news is he was a vital cog in the top six for Florida that cannot be replaced.
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— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 29, 2015
Atlantic Division fans could not believe that Bjugstad could not even tie his own skates, but it is true. When daily activities off the ice get impacted to that point then it is time to have surgery. You could see the Bjugstad on the ice was not what everyone saw before the injury. Players try to gut things out but there was no way the center could. The pain became too excruciating and again, at least he is back by late summer. It could be worse!
Cedric Paquette — C — Tampa Bay Lightning
Paquette hurt himself in a rather bad way on Saturday. When you hear legs do not bend like that, there is a little bit of a hunch that the prognosis is not good. Tampa always seems to find the injury bug when they are about to take first place in the division and then it does not happen. They also lost Jason Garrison yesterday as well to another day to day injury. Here is more.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 28, 2015
Atlantic Division fans, the leg injury was nasty enough that you can watch it via Twitter but that was rough. Some are speculating MCL tear or worse. However, we will see. Either way, Paquette is the epitome of hustle but that is one nasty way for a leg to bend. Hopefully it is not that serious.
Next week will be even more vague as far as Atlantic injuries but there will be more. There always is this time of year after all.