A quick look at the significant injuries in the Atlantic Division.

 

The Atlantic, with Boston having to ship out Johnny Boychuk, has maybe become a little more wide open. Any significant injuries and teams may find their playoff chances drop.

 

Boston

 

Well Boston is healthy, Gregory Campbell has general soreness but is expected to be good for game one. Marc Savard, is well Marc Savard, so sad to see this being the case.

 

Buffalo

 

The only ‘notable’ missing for the Sabres is Patrick Kaleta, probably a month due to his facial injury. This is one team that may not care if the injury bug hits this season.

 

Detroit

 

Two of the most important players for this Red Wings team are on the shelf. Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson. A separated shoulder pushing Datsyuk back to late October is not the start of the year the Red Wings were hoping for. Alfredsson, well if he can get mobile on the ice with that back then returning to the playoffs is a possibility. One thing to note Tomas Tatar is going through the NHL concussion protocol after coping a knee to the head in their pre season game vs the Penguins.

 

Florida

 

Florida looking pretty good on the injury front however mixed reports on Kulikov and his foot injury. Has been stated its minor but as we know these things can develop ‘unannounced’.  Florida need all hands on deck this season and a health roster could help with a fast start.

 

Montreal

 

No injuries to any listed roster player starting the year. Montreal one of the few teams this season starting with a full roster. Lets hope they can take advantage early and get wins on the board.

 

Ottawa

 

Marc Methot is the only Senator to be experiencing any injury that will keep him out of the opening week. An ongoing back complaint that will not settle down is frustrating him. Yes Robin Lehner does have swelling in his stick hand but the Senators are not seeing that as a concern, at least not yet.

 

Tampa Bay

 

Frustratingly the Lightning fans are going to have to wait to see Jonathan Drouin hit the ice this season, a thumb injury is going to keep him out all of October, well that is unless the Lightning want to rush him back early. There is no need, they will make the playoffs with this roster and should take their time with their young winger.

 

Toronto

 

So the Leafs have a stack of ‘day to day’ injuries floating around at the moment. The fact they are to Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak are the only reason I bring them up. The Leafs do not need day to day injuries to these two players to lengthen. Clarkson and his orbital bone look as though they will make the first game of the year, could be cage-less lets wait and see. Also Cody Franson will probably miss the start of the season from a knee injury sustained against the Sabres.

 

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