Carried Off the Ice: Injury Report – March 06, 2013

Aaron

2013-03-06

RyanKesler

 

In this week’s edition of Carried Off there will be updates on Diaz, Kesler, Tarasenko, Theodore and Ward.

 

Get the stretcher (latest injuries):

Raphael Diaz is out indefinitely as he is still suffering from concussion symptoms. This is the second big blow to Diaz owners this season, with the first being the re-signing of P.K. Subban. Diaz has 13 points in 19 games after scoring just 16 in 59 games last year as a rookie.

This is Diaz's second major injury in his short career as he missed the final 16 regular season games last year with a lower body injury. This is not a good trend for the smaller 5-11 Swiss defenseman.

With Diaz out there is a slim chance Tomas Kaberle will see some power play time but it's more likely that Andrei Markov and Subban will play the majority if not all of the man advantage. Either way don't count on power play points from any other Habs defencemen other then the big two until Diaz gets back.

Ryan Kesler finally got back into the line-up after missing the start of the season with shoulder and wrist injuries, unfortunately it was short lived as broke his foot and is now out 4-6 weeks.

The good news for the Vancouver Canucks is that they are use to playing without Kesler and they play in the weakest division in the NHL so their playoff spot is not in danger.

It's time for GM Mike Gillis to move Roberto Luongo and bring in a top six forward that can play center. Until the Canucks make a move expect a rotating door on that second line, as they will try everyone there. 

Vladimir Tarasenko is out indefinitely with a concussion. He didn't skate on Saturday but was seen riding the bike, so at least he is keeping up his conditioning.

Tarasenko was a shoe-in to win the Calder Trophy before the injury as he was tearing up the NHL. Six goals, 12 points, 20 hits, 37 SOG and one game winner in 17 games, very impressive stats for a rookie playing for a defensive minded coach.

In the five games prior to the concussion the St. Louis Blues went 3-1-1 and averaged 3.6 goals a game (18 total in five games). In the next five games, including the game he got hit the Blues went 2-2-1 and averaged 1.4 goals a game (seven total in five games), including being shutout twice.

For a team that struggles offensively the loss