As expected yesterday, injuries ruled the conversation for the day. We found out that Nino Niederreiter was looking to play, but Mikael Granlund will be out tonight against Chicago. Then, Josh Harding took the ice to practice with the Minnesota Wild. It turns out that injury news isn't exclusive to the Wild, as Jonathan Toews would miss the rest of the regular season for the Blackhawks.
No one likes to see players get injured, but the Wild caught a break here, especially considering that they were going to be short-handed with Granlund injured. The Blackhawks still have a good, deep team featuring stars such as Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith, and it'll be at United Center. So, the Wild can't be caught napping here.
More after the Walk.
Recovery by Wild's Koivu puts him back in command | Star Tribune- Did not get to put this here yesterday, so here it is. Koivu is really stepping up in the clutch.
Harding returns to join Wild goalie carousel | Star Tribune- Any stability to the net would be welcome, but sadly, the nature of Harding's condition won't provide that 100%, even if he were able to return tomorrow.
Josh Harding joins Wild in Chicago, practices for the first time since January | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- That said, it's awesome that Harding is feeling good enough to practice. Everyone in the universe should be rooting for him.
Wild: Mikael Granlund out indefinitely with upper body injury - TwinCities.com- This is terrible news for the Wild. This is the second concussion he's sustained this year, and though we've seen players return to form after concussion issues (Sidney Crosby comes to mind), there are also plenty of promising careers cut short due to them. Let's hope that Granlund can have a speedy recovery, and keep himself healthy.
The Team of 18,001: March Wrapup- Too bad it's not a Winter Wrap-Up. There's going to be a stupid snowstorm, and it's going to be stupid. I hate everything. I hate nature. Boo.
The Minnesota Wild and the Perpetual Carousel of Starting Goalies- Bryzgalov has his chance to take the job and run with it. He's done it the last two games.
Tending the Fields
iowawild.com: Iowa Wild fall to Grand Rapids Griffins 6-1- Gustav Olofsson scored a goal in his Iowa Wild debut, but couldn't save the Wild.
Off the Trail
NHL 2014 playoff stretch drive trade pickups that are paying off | Home Ice - SI.com- Ilya Bryzgalov makes the list. He will almost certainly start tonight.
Alex Ovechkin 'quit' on Dallas Stars goal, says Adam Oates | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- That whole team quit to Dallas, who throttled the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin, backchecking, and Adam Oates prepping the obvious scapegoat | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Is Adam Oates throwing Ovechkin under the bus to save his job?
Goaltending, coaching will decide the inevitable Canadiens/Lightning playoff series | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- The fact that we already know that this is going to be a first-round matchup is an example of why the new playoff format is terrible.
Some NHL fans just want to watch the world burn | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The benefits of having your favorite team miss the playoffs.
Behind Enemy Lines
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Jonathan Toews to miss rest of regular season, will return for playoffs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- This would be a bigger deal had the Blackhawks not wrapped up a playoff spot. They're just going to be less likely to have home-ice advantage.
So Now What? - Second City Hockey- The bigger concern is whether Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews would be fully healthy for the playoffs.