There's never a good time to be injured, but it's especially bad timing when you're an integral part to an NHL team heading to, or fighting for, a place in the playoffs.
The tail-end of the 2013-14 campaign has been exceptionally unkind to hockey players, with a rash of injuries piling up as "crunch time" descends on the last few weeks of the season.
Patrick Kane was the latest casualty, suffering a "freak accident," as described by Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, which caused a lower-body injury that's expected to keep Kane out for the remainder of the regular season. That's 29 goals and 40 assists missing from the Blackhawks' lineup
Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings look more like their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins at this point, with 12 Red Wings currently sidelined.
Here's a list of other notable NHL injuries occurring as of March 1 to players on clubs with a shot at the playoffs, plus an indication of what their team loses, and for how long:
|TEAM||PLAYER||INJURY/ DURATION||PRODUCTION LOST|
|Anaheim Ducks||Cam Fowler||Sprained MCL, 3-5 weeks||Defenceman is the 4th highest scoring player on the team|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Brandon Saad||Upper body injury, day-to-day||19 goals, 44 points, tied for team lead in +/-|
|Colorado Avalanche||P.A. Parenteau||Knee injury, 4-6 weeks||14 goals, 33 points in 53 games; also a shootout specialist|
|Dallas Stars||Rich Peverley||Heart condition, out for season||7 goals, 23 assists; also an efficient penalty killer|
|Detroit Red Wings||Jonathan Ericsson||Finger surgery, 4-6 weeks||A shut-down defenceman, leaves a hole in the team's top-4 defence pairings|
|Detroit Red Wings||Justin Abdelkader||Lower-body injury, day-to-day||Gritty forward puts up valuable minutes on the PK|
|Detroit Red Wings||Tomas Jurco||Broken rib, 4 weeks||An injury replacement himself, the rookie had 5 goals and 10 points in 26 games|
|Detroit Red Wings||Jonas Gustavsson||Groin injury, day-to-day||Red Wings backup has a 2.55 goals-against average and won 15 of the 24 games he's started|
|Montreal Canadiens||Josh Gorges||Hand injury, day-to-day||Stay-at-home defenceman regularly matched up against other team's top scorers|
|Ottawa Senators||Craig Anderson||Upper-body injury, day-to-day||Starting goalie has a .908 save percentage and 3rd overall in goals allowed|
|St. Louis Blues||Vladimir Tarasenko||Hand surgery, at least 6 weeks||Sophomore had 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games this season|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Jonathan Bernier||Groin injury, day-to-day||Starting goalie has the 3rd most saves in the NHL and sports a .925 save percentage|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Paul Ranger||Upper-body injury, day-to-day||Dependable defenceman worked well in Randy Carlyle's 7-man rotation|
|Vancouver Canucks||Daniel Sedin||Lower-body injury, out indefinitely||His 40 points in 63 games is one of the lowest toals of his career,but Daniel's absence also affects the play of his twin brother|
|Vancouver Canucks||Ryan Kesler||Knee injury, 2-3 weeks||Leads the team with 22 goals|
|Winnipeg Jets||Dustin Byfuglien||Lower-body injury, day-to-day||Burly forward/defenceman is 3rd in team scoring with 52 points, but is expected back this weekend|
|Winnipeg Jets||Ondrej Pavelec||Lower-body injury, day-to-day||Starting goalie has appeared in 52 games this season, but leads the league in losses|
|Winnipeg Jets||Mark Scheifele||MCL sprain, 2-3 weeks||In his first full season, the centre has 34 points in 63 games played|