The NHL season has started and, alas, along with it has come the injuries. In an ideal world of which we dare not even bother to dream, no player would get injured and every team would be able to face off at full strength to get the truest sense of who the best team is. It just never plays off like that. We haven't had a tremendously serious injury yet, unless I am forgetting somebody, and if I am I apologize, but some key players are starting to go down.
Some of the injuries we don't know a ton about yet. For example, Loui Eriksson was recently concussed, and we do not know when he will return. The hit that lead to his injury got Buffalo's John Scott suspended, making him, like, the 80th Sabre to be suspended this season. What a garbage team. Sure, they have a terrible roster, but do they have to be lousy and full of unlikeable players? Can't they bring in guys who aren't good because they don't play defense and don't pass? You know, fun bad players? I think Buffalo is my least favorite team in the league at the moment, now that the unholy trio of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan has been broken up. Also, Anaheim has Teemu, and he is awesome.
Anyway, a couple of significant goalies have gone down recently, and that doesn't include Henrik Lundqvist, who isn't expected to be out that long, which is good because his season has been awful thus far. The guys I am talking about are Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Carolina's Cam Ward... again.
Rinne has to have hip surgery and will miss at least four weeks. This is a huge injury for the Predators. Rinne has been great for them for years. They gave him a huge contract to keep him around. With the team's roster a little less than stellar these days, Rinne's presence was integral. Now, he's gone for at least a month. Their backup? Carter Hutton, a journeyman with little NHL experience. I think this pretty much does away with any notion of Nashville making the playoffs. Sorry, Preds fans. At least Seth Jones looks good.
Carolina's situation is slightly less concerning. For starters, Ward will only miss 3-4 weeks with his lower-body injury. Second, the Canes actually have a backup goalie in Anton Khudobin. That is, once he returns from his injury. Last year Ward went down and Carolina had nobody to replace him and the team really struggled. They can, perhaps, weather this storm.