Injury Ward: Eichel’s Woes; Resting Stars & Who is Going to be Ready For Playoffs

Brennan Des

2021-05-12

Here's the latest injury news from across the NHL! If you're looking for information about a specific player and don't see their name in this article, there probably haven't been any significant updates about their progress since last week's article. If you ever need injury updates for a specific player, shoot me a message on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.

Kevin ShattenkirkMissed Saturday's regular season finale due to a lower-body injury and is officially day-to-day. He posted 15 points in 55 games this year, which translates to 22 points over 82 games – the lowest scoring pace of his 11-year career.

Nick SchmaltzMissed Arizona's final four games of the regular season with a head injury. He sustained the injury last week, when a puck ricocheted off the crossbar and hit him in the head during pregame warmup. He was in concussion protocol and didn't feel right when he tried skating, so the team played it safe and kept him out of the lineup.

Lawson CrouseA lower-body injury kept him out of the lineup for Arizona's last two games of the regular season. Early reports indicate that this could be a longer-term issue, but we're still waiting on an official announcement from the team. Crouse ranks 12th in hits, dishing out 155 through 51 appearances.

Charlie Coyle – The 29-year-old center wasn't in the lineup for Boston's final four games of the regular season. He was sidelined with an upper-body injury for the first two absences, but those last two absences were mostly precautionary. According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Coyle should be ready for the playoffs.

Ondrej Kase – Returned to the lineup on Monday after missing 52 games with an upper-body injury. Unfortunately, his return was cut short as an upper-body injury took him out of the game after the second period. He wasn't in the lineup for Wednesday's regular season finale, but the Bruins didn't dress most of their regulars for that game. As I write this, Kase's status for Saturday's playoff opener remains up in the air.

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