The IR: Playoff Edition 2013

Mike Schmidt




Mike Schmidt investigates the injury situation for all 16 of the Stanley Cup playoff teams, arming you with information that will give you the edge in your playoff pool.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

The Blackhawks enter postseason play with a healthy roster. Patrick Sharp returned this past week from a lingering shoulder injury and saw action in a pair of games. He looks in fine form, as he scored a pair of points while seeing a ton of action on the same line as fellow high-end forward Patrick Kane. Meanwhile, goaltender Ray Emery is dealing with a lower-body injury that isn't considered to be very serious. Nevertheless, it will be enough to cause the Blackhawks to turn to Corey Crawford in net early and often against the Wild. Both netminders have posted spectacular numbers and in a timeshare that has favored Crawford in terms of opportunity, but don't expect Chicago to use Emery unless he is fully healthy. Dave Bolland's groin injury should be healed in time for him to suit up in the playoff opener.

Jason Pominville has been out of the lineup since this past Tuesday with a head injury he suffered when he took a hit from the elbow of Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown (which resulted in a two-game suspension for Brown)…

Minnesota desperately needs Pominville's scoring touch in the postseason – especially since Dany Heatley was lost to a season-ending shoulder injury earlier this month. Pominville, acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline, remains day-to-day for now. Since Pominville's injury, the Wild's top six wingers include rookie Charlie Coyle, the offensively-limited Cal Clutterbuck, and the always underwhelming Devin Setoguchi. Coyle has been the only Minnesota player to truly benefit from the injuries to Heatley and Pominville. The 21-year-old 2010 first round selection is seeing substantial ice time alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, and he finished the regular season with four points in his final four games. He's a great sleeper for playoff pools.


Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Ducks were without veteran defenseman